Most of us, when we’re trying to lose a few pounds, spend a lot of time planning a healthier diet and making time to workout, and of course, these are two very important elements to weight loss. However, a large proportion of us will fail. We’ll let our unhealthy eating habits creep back in, and our gym membership will go unused. Have you ever thought why this is?
The reason so many of us fail at losing weight long term is that we haven’t uncovered one of the most important weight loss secrets – it’s all about the mind. If you don’t have the right attitude for success, your weight loss efforts will fall flat, and you won’t see any permanent changes in your lifestyle or your weight.
Here is what you need to do to get in the right mind frame for losing weight and keeping it off:
What’s Your Motivation?
When you’re starting out on your weight loss journey, you absolutely must work on your mental outlook. Define your motivation by writing down all of the benefits of losing weight from looking better to being healthier and more able to do all the activities you love. When you’re doing this, it will work much better if the items on your list are positive, because negatives will often make you feel bad about yourself and therefore more likely to give up if you have a little slip.
Remember, you need to start this journey because you want to. Do it for you, not others.
Choose a Realistic Goal
If you start out thinking that you want to lose 50 pounds in 3 months, you’re probably going to be disappointed, and disappointment leads to broken diets. Ideally, you should shoot for a weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week and think of anything more as a bonus. It might take a bit longer to reach your goal weight, but you’re more likely to actually get there and keep it off if you’re realistic and take it slow.
Ditch Your “All or Nothing” Thinking
If you’re the kind of person who slips up eats a cookie and then gives up completely and goes on a month long binge, you need to look at your “all or nothing” thinking. Eating one cookie is unlikely to make any difference to your weight, so isn’t it better to enjoy the cookie, move and continue on your weight loss journey, rather than go off the rails?
When you do eat something that is off your diet plan, don’t beat yourself up – it’s ok to have a treat now and again – just move on, and you’ll be building a healthier attitude to food that will help you maintain a healthy weight in the future. It’s about moderation, and a healthy relationship with food is key.
Many people who are trying to lose weight find that visualizing their future slimmer self, helps them to recognize and accept that change is possible and they can achieve their goals. So, sit down, close your eyes and picture your newer thinner frame dressed just how you want to. Also think about how much healthier, energetic and happy you will feel, and it will spur you on to success in the real world.
Get your mind into gear, and the rest will follow. Remember, if you want to lose weight permanently, it’s a lifestyle change; not a short term diet. Have you ever committed to something and succeeded? Let us know in the comments below: