How to Think Positively for Better Weight Loss | MINDSET
All diets and weight-loss strategies have their own advantages and disadvantages. There’s no such thing as the perfect diet! For the ones that we have today, for them to really work, you have to think about them or look at them in a positive way. You have to set your mind right.
Most people are at the worst state of mind when attempting to lose weight. In their determination to "fix" themselves, many people jump into fad diets, ridiculous exercise plans, and quick fixes. They lose sight of sustainability and even health, developing an unhealthy obsession with results. Sadly, this way of thinking can be destructive.
You should focus instead on the benefits of weight loss – such as the prevention of heart disease and diabetes, more enjoyment in everyday activities, better health, and a longer life. In fact, a 2015 study published by the International Journal of Obesity, revealed that you’re most likely going to gain weight by simply thinking that you're overweight. At the same time, but in a separate research published in the Psychosomatic Medicine scientific journal, scientists discovered that cortisol increases distribution of fat around the abdomen. Cortisol is a stress hormone that your adrenal glands secrete whenever you are feeling down or you worry too much about how you measure up on the scale.
With all these factors, the question now is how? How would you think less about weight loss without obsessing about it? How should you think positively about weight loss in order to make the most out of it?
It’s a good thing that the human kind can adapt to anything, to any situation. Here are 10 tips on how you can change your mindset, all the while developing a more positive, healthier, happier, and way more effective approach to weight-loss.
1. Focus on the Achievable
Start at something that you can easily accomplish. You can’t workout for 1 hour on your first day of training. Nor can you start eating nothing but fruits and vegetables on the first day of your diet. Why? You will only fail because you’re not used to those. It’s like starting at step 5.
Start a diet, weight loss program, or workout routine that you can do. From there, you can eventually step up.
2. Change Your Goals
One way of helping you start and focus on things you can achieve is to create a list of small goals. With weight loss, your goal is to lose weight, of course! But to ultimately get there, there are small steps to take. There are smaller goals to reach.
If you only have one goal, which is to lose weight, you’ll find it harder to achieve it without small goals.
3. Forget the Good Food, Bad Food Mentality
I see so many clients who cut out white rice and potato, which many think are “bad food”, but still eat brown rice and sweet potato, which they believe are “good food”, and their reasoning is that “white foods have high carbohydrates and make you gain weight”.
But the truth is that there isn’t that huge a difference! And regardless of that, one certain food cannot make you fat. It simply doesn’t work that way!
Each of these foods provides energy, macro nutrients and micro nutrients. Eaten in the right proportion, these foods can be accommodated into almost any weight loss plan, it’s simply about how much you have in relation to all your other food intake.
There is no magic diet, no quick fix, and cutting out healthy natural foods won’t work either! It’s about finding the right balance for you, not just with your food, but with your life and mindset too!
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4. Surround Yourself with Positive People
Avoid toxic people – those that cause you stress. Surrounding yourself with positive people can provide you with an emotionally healthy and encouraging environment that enables you to invest more in yourself. Plus, remember to ask for help or support when you need it.
5. Talk to Yourself Positively
We published an article about this one. Remember?
No weight loss journey is perfect. But if you know how to work your way around roadblocks on the way, you can surely hit your goal. Remember, something as simple as changing you vocabulary has a direct impact on the success of your fitness and weight loss goals. Avoiding saying things like
“I can’t do this.”
“I don’t want to eat that.”
“I won’t workout today.”
can help you achieve your weight loss goals. How you talk to yourself can stop you reaching your goals.
6. Prioritise Rewards and Punishments
Rewards means taking care of yourself or in other words, self-care. It’s just right that when you’re rewarding yourself, it’s because you’ve achieved a small goal in your weight loss journey. However, don’t think about rewards as a means to get something that you want. It just means that you’re practicing and prioritising self-care. To better understand this idea, you can check out another article in which we’re covered this topic.
Punishments meanwhile, like avoiding something that you love to do because you missed out a day of workout, means discipline. It’s just right to teach or correct yourself to stick to your routine. To develop discipline, check out this article.
7. Get Off the Scale
Like what we always say, you are more than just a number. Hundreds of studies have already been conducted to fully understand the link between obesity and mortality. Majority of which, focus on BMI and health. BMI, or body mass index, does not take into account overall body composition, bone density, muscle mass, gender, and racial differences, which are all indicators of health. This makes BMI an inaccurate measure of body fat content. It is the measurement of body fat content based on the height and weight of a person.
At Aussie Supps, we agree with how inaccurate BMI is. You are just more than a number. Everyone of us can't simply use a number to indicate our health.
8. Practise Deep Breathing
Whenever you start something, take a few minutes off first to breathe deeply. Slowing down and breathing deeply can help you focus on the task at hand. More importantly, it can help lower your stress levels!
9. Identify Your Roadblocks
Identify the stuff that delays your progress so you can avoid them. Here’s what could delay your progress when you start your weight loss journey.
10. Be Patient
Finally, be patient. It’s important to become patient when you are losing weight in a manner that’s healthy and sustainable. There are new, although small, successes that you can achieve every 24 hours, every day. You should focus on those first.
These are the top 10 ways on how you can change your mindset about losing weight. If you look at each approach, you’ll notice how interconnected they all are. Amazing!
Also, before I go, according to New York-based psychotherapist Kathryn Smerling, in an interview published in Health News Today,
"Shifting your mindset about how to lose weight is the biggest factor in losing weight. We can't shift our weight from the outside without realizing the correct inner resolve and intention."
Yes, unless you change your attitude about weight loss, you won’t see any results.
Perceived weight status and risk of weight gain across life in US and UK adults.