At resolution time, overconfidence may sabotage weight-loss efforts

12/19/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

People's brains tend to process positive information and ignore negative information, making us overly optimistic and potentially leading to failure in efforts to quit smoking or reach weight-loss goals, researchers say. Setting realistic goals, preparing an implementation plan, developing a contingency plan for setbacks and replacing the negative behavior with a positive one make success more likely, experts say.

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