Is Your Lousy Mindset Sabotaging Your Weight Loss?
Weight loss success requires change. You’ll change your eating habits, you’ll change your level of activity, and if you really want to succeed you’ll also change the way you think. If you find yourself failing to lose weight over and over again, it’s possible you’re only focusing on the eating and activity portions. Is your mindset sabotaging your weight loss efforts?
Here are some of the most common ways people are defeated by their own mindset.
1. They have an all or nothing attitude.
If you think the only way to lose weight is to restrict what you eat to only the healthiest of foods and spend all of your time exercising, then boy are you wrong. It’s not about strict rules, it’s about balance. You can have tasty treats, but you need to balance them with healthy foods. You can still have pizza but rather than an entire pizza you have a piece of pizza and a side salad.
By restricting yourself you’ll find yourself craving the foods you’re depriving yourself of. You’ll find yourself thinking about them all the time which can lead to binging or a chronic obsession with food.
2. They put other people’s needs before their own.
Do you ever feel like you’re so busy taking care of other people that you don’t have time to take care of yourself? You want to eat right but you’re so busy doing things for other people you find yourself eating fast food and pizza?
No matter how hectic your life is, it’s important to take time to take care of your body. Your health is important and it’s worth the time. The best part? Once you take some time to put together healthier meals and get in some exercise you’ll find you have more energy than ever before to do what needs to get done.
3. Your mind is full of negativity.
If you’ve failed at losing weight in the past it can be hard to stay positive. What makes this time different than last time? Your mindset makes a difference though. If you think you’re going to fail, you’re going to fail.
Take control of your inner monologue. Remind yourself that this time is going to be different because you want it and you want it bad. You’re going to make it happen. Push out negativity. Change can only happen when you’re positive it will happen.
Do any of these sound like you? If so it’s time to put an end to the self-destruction. It’s only when you develop a healthy mindset about weight loss that you can start to see real and lasting success!
Staying positive when trying to lose weight
Staying positive when you’re trying to lose weight is easy when you’re seeing results. When you hit a plateau or start to fall off track it’s a totally different ball game. How do you stay positive even when you’re not losing as much weight as you were hoping you would?
1. Remember that you’re much more than how much you weigh.
Your weight is only a small part of who you are and you’re great no matter how much or how little you weigh. Your body is just the package, everything that matters is on the inside. If you’re feeling down, reach out to the people who love and care about you for a reminder.
2. Focus on how far you’ve come.
Think about when you first started trying to lose weight. What have you accomplished since then? Focus on those good choices you made and any progress you’ve had thus far. Can you walk a little further without getting tired? Have you made the conscious effort to take the stairs instead of the elevator even though it’s more difficult? Those things matter and you should be proud of them.
3. Don’t forget – everyone who tries to lose weight struggles.
Some people like to give the impression that losing weight was easy for them. It wasn’t. Losing weight is hard. You’re retraining your body and mind. You’re switching unhealthy habits for healthy ones. It’s not easy. It takes hard work and focus. Everyone struggles, you’re not alone and you can do this!
4. Even if you slip up, don’t beat yourself up over it.
There is a phrase in the nutritionist community… “Feeling bad will never make you feel good.” Feeling guilty about your decisions and letting yourself dwell on mistakes is never going to get you where you want to be. You can’t feel better and get healthier if you’re making yourself feel bad. Nobody is perfect.
5. Remember why you want it.
When you’re feeling demotivated is the perfect time to revisit why you want to lose weight. Think about making a dream board and filling it with inspirational quotes and pictures of things you want to do. Do you want to be able to run marathons or go kayaking? Maybe you just want the energy to run around in the yard with the kids. Get pictures that represent your goals and dreams. Maybe even plan a big reward for when you finally reach your big goal such as a trip to a place you’ve always wanted to go and include pictures so you can look at it any time you feel demotivated.
Staying positive is an ongoing battle but one you can win by taking an active role in your attitude. You control your attitude, not the other way around!