Do you struggle with losing weight? Are you a yo-yo dieter who wants to cut the cord and finally be free? Have you lost and regained the same ten, twenty or fifty pounds so many times that you’ve accumulated complete wardrobes in six different sizes?
The weight loss industry focuses on diet and exercise habits as a means to get you slim and trim. But, what happens when the reason for your weight issue is deeper than that? What if it’s your mind that’s the culprit behind your excess pounds?
How you think and what you believe are huge factors in the determination of whether you will reach, and maintain, your health and lifestyle goals. Just as it’s important to surround yourself with positive, supportive people, it’s just as imperative to create a mindset that is compassionate and caring as you strive to hit your weight loss target.
Here are three common ways of thinking that may be setting you up for failure, and what you can do to switch them from thoughts that hold you back to beliefs that propel you forward:
“It’s all-or-nothing.” Are you the person who commits to following a diet and exercise plan, but quits after the first time you make a bad decision? Either you’re in it 100% or not at all? If this is you, it’s necessary to realize that while it’s important to do your best, you have to give yourself some leeway when you make a decision that takes you further from your weight loss goal.
It’s like you’re learning a new sport. If you’ve never played basketball and find yourself on a court, you’d forgive yourself if you made a rookie move which resulted in a score for the other team right? Well, losing weight is a game that you have to learn as well. With enough practice, you’ll soon be an all-star. Just be patient with yourself in the process.
“I have to be perfect.” Does everything have to be just right for you to feel like you’ve succeeded? Do you create a plan for losing weight that is so detailed that you know what you’ll be eating every day into the next decade? If so, you may be buckling yourself on a weight roller coaster with many ups and downs and no chance of getting off.
Do you belittle and berate your child when they get an answer wrong on a test? No. As long as they tried their hardest and did the best they could, they’re good, right? Then why isn’t it the same for you with diet and exercise? It’s not one individual decision that makes or breaks you. What’s important is that you keep trying your best and strive to do better every day.
“I’ll try to lose weight.” Although this sounds positive, it really isn’t. What if a child kept hitting you, you told them to stop and they responded with, “I’ll try”? They don’t sound real committed, do they? It’s simple. Either they do or they don’t.
The same applies to losing weight. If you try to do it, what you’re really saying is that you’ll work on it but it’s not really a priority. Instead, replace “I’ll try” with “I will” and see what a difference that makes. It’s a whole new feel, right? It says that you’re determined to succeed. You aren’t giving yourself any other option.
Losing weight is hard. So, why not make it a little easier and start being your own advocate instead of an adversary? What do you have to lose other than weight, negative feelings and a defeatist attitude? Really, did you need them anyway?
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