Thoughts May Help With Weight Loss

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These 7 Thoughts May Help With Weight Loss

If diets just aren’t working long term for you, consider these thoughts that may help with weight loss long term.  Really your thoughts form your foundation of any weight loss plan you choose.  It starts with how you think about weight loss and eating healthier in general.  Much in life starts with a thought, right?  If we control our thoughts, we can often control many of our behaviors.  This can help people with all sorts of behaviors, but also those in relation to our diets and eating patterns.

1 DON’T CALL IT A DIET

Dieting has really gotten a negative connotation these days.  When you think, “I am going on a diet,” what do you immediately think of?  I am guessing basically drudgery.  What if you just think of it as getting healthy instead.  Making changes that will help you feel better and be happier.  Start making healthy choices, at least most of the time and you will likely start feeling better.  You likely will lose some weight, but if you are focusing on just feeling better and being healthier, it will take some of that diet stress off of you and you can focus on positive things like feeling better.

2 FOOD AND EXERCISE LOG

Plan out ahead of time what you will eat and what exercise you will be doing.  Having a written plan before you get started is helpful to keep you on track.  Plus you will need that so that you will buy just what you want when you go to market, keeping the impulse buying down to a minimum.  Write these out for 3 weeks, which is the general time period that it takes to make a new habit.  Then when the 3 weeks is up, log out your next 21 days.

3 CURTAIL ANY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

If your thoughts turn negative, you will have to combat them with positive ones.  As you watch out for these negative thoughts to creep in, you will catch them sooner and can get in the habit of stopping them before they even finish themselves.

4 BE KIND TO YOURSELF

If you mess up and eat something that you wish you hadn’t, it’s okay.  Don’t throw in the towel just because you slipped a bit.  Making a new habit can be rough.  If you know why you slipped, then work to correct that, then move on.

The 3 Week Diet

5 WORK ON FIXING THE TROUBLE

For some, there can be some very deep seated reasons for eating poorly and putting on weight.  Things like injuries, past childhood trauma or emotional events in life.  Those may need a counselor to help you through the myriad of feelings you have to deal with.  All of us though have certain reasons we eat when we shouldn’t.  Things like stress, boredom or social situations.  We all need comfort food sometimes and once in a while that’s fine.  If your life though is so stressful that you feel you need comfort food all day long, that’s a problem.  You’ll need to isolate those areas that are causing the stress and tackle each one individually.  You don’t have to solve them all at once.  Just pick the easiest one you think you can remedy and start with that.  This will give you a sense of success, then you can tackle the next easiest and so on.

6 EXCHANGING GOOD FOR BAD

Isolating your bad habits, you can think of a good habit to replace it with.  For example, if you are stressed out when you get to work and you immediately grab coffee and a pastry, first of all, you might need a new job.  If that’s not the case, then what if when you walk into the office, you forego that bad habit by taking some deep breaths, smelling some lavender or chewing some gum.  These things can decrease your stress level immediately and could allow you to exchange a bad habit for good.

7 WRITE DOWN YOUR “WHY” FOR GETTING HEALTHY

Why to you want to get healthy?  Write this down.  Really think about it.  Make it emotionally strong.  What it will mean to you to feel better.  Maybe even include how you’ll feel if you don’t do this.  Most of us will move in the direction that avoids pain.  Be sure to keep it primarily positive though, highlighting how you are going to feel when you make these healthy changes.

REMEMBER THESE THOUGHTS CAN HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS

Remember, you are not going to be perfect.  You don’t have to be.  Just keep your diet nutritious on a daily basis.  By doing so consistently, it allows you treat yourself on occasion with maybe something devoid of much nutrition.  They say it can actually help you to stay on tract with your healthy eating plan.  These thoughts can help with weight loss, but they too may need to be consciously worked on until these thoughts are habit also.

 

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