Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows there is no easy way to make it happen.
There is no magic pill or miracle product. You just need to put in the time and do the work.
However, there is a secret weapon many people are ignorant of. This secret can work miracles and produce amazing results.
Want to know what the secret is? I’ll tell you; it’s a positive attitude.
Change how you think about food, the progress of your weight loss journey, and your outward appearance. You’ll see shocking results in no time at all.
Change How You Think About Food
Many weight loss hopefuls come to hate food and the strict diet they must adhere to. Having a positive outlook on the food you are eating and the effect it is has on your body is the first change you must make.
Eat when you are hungry. No diet should require you to go into starvation mode. If you allow yourself to become super hungry, you’re bound to eventually cave to your desires and totally overindulge. Instead, reach for a healthy snack when hunger pangs strike. Just make sure you are eating out of hunger, not boredom. Keep portions in check and stop eating when your hunger has been satisfied.
Eat the foods you crave. Again, total deprivation is a bad thing. If you cut your favorite foods from your life, they will start to dominate your thoughts. You’ll long for those goodies until you can no longer control yourself. Binges are a dieter’s worst enemy. Go ahead and allow yourself a treat every once in a while. Just make sure you keep everything in moderation and be very conscious of the calories you are consuming.
Acknowledge the good things food does for your body. You may despise every crunch of that carrot. You may long to mask its bland taste with fattening dips or sauces. Instead of focusing on the things you don’t like about certain foods, why not think about all the good they are doing? Carrots can help improve your vision, prevent cancer, battle the appearance of premature aging, prevent infection, restore beautiful skin, prevent heart disease, nourish your teeth and gums, and reduce the chance of stroke. They aren’t looking too bad now, are they?!
Change How You Evaluate Your Progress
Weight loss is more than just a number on the scale. It is about looking and feeling better too. Look for other methods of critiquing your weight loss journey.
Be patient. Losing weight in a safe, long-lasting, and healthy way is going to take time.
Set attainable goals. Your big-picture plan – losing weight – is admirable. However, it is awfully difficult to evaluate such an ambiguous goal. Set smaller, measurable goals that will get you from one day to the next. Sit down and map out your plan. Know where you want to go and how you will accomplish it.
Once you have reached a goal, reward yourself. Don’t turn to unhealthy foods for your treat though. Reward yourself with things that will help you reach your next goal. That might mean a new pair of running shoes or a day at the spa to rejuvenate.
Don’t doubt your efforts. There are a wide variety of weight loss plans and products on the market these days. Not all plans are created equally and not all products have the same effect on everyone. What worked for one person might not work for you. Don’t measure your success against someone else.
Likewise, try not to jump from one plan to another. If you try lipotropic injections for one week, Atkins the next, Jenny Craig for a month, and adhere to The South Beach Diet for a few days, you’ll never give any of these options a chance to work. Pick a plan and give it some time.
Be honest and realistic. Take a good long look at what you are doing and why you are doing it. Are your goals realistic? Have you set your sights too high? Are you doing more harm than good? Make sure your goals are attainable; don’t set yourself up for failure.
Do you really want to lose weight right now? Are you truly committed to this plan? You might find the reality is you aren’t ready to lose weight or commit to the effort it requires. Adult beverages with friends and leisurely strolls on the golf course might be more important than low-calorie foods and intense workout sessions.
Be accountable to yourself. No one else is responsible for your success or failure. Keep yourself accountable for the foods you eat and how often you exercise.
Likewise, don’t make excuses. Finding ways to justify your behavior isn’t going to change the outcome. Accept the fact that you will slip up on occasion. Learn from those mistakes instead of brushing them under the rug.
Surround yourself with positive people. Let your friends and family spur you on to your goal. Stay away from people who have bad habits and will likely encourage you to join them. If you find a loved one isn’t supportive of your weight loss efforts, have a conversation with them. See if you can get to the root of the problem. Likewise, avoid places and situations that will make it more difficult to adhere to your weight loss goals.
Change How You Think About Your Appearance
Everyone is beautiful – no matter what their weight. Focus your attention on how you feel. You may not have reached your goal yet, but know that you are making strides to get there. Appreciate how far you’ve come.
Use your imagination. Visualize your body and the life you really want. You might even want to find a motivational photograph if the mental image isn’t enough to sustain you. Find a picture of yourself from your glory days or look to someone else for inspiration. Let that be an encouragement, not an obsession. Don’t worry, you’ll get there eventually!
Set a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think you are overweight or unhealthy, you will stay that way. There are zero benefits of negative thinking. Instead, tell yourself you are attractive and making great strides towards your goal.
Take pride in you appearance. Throw the sweats in the hamper. Take the time to freshen up, fix your hair, and shave. Put on your favorite outfit. If you look good, you’ll feel good. If you feel good, you’re much more likely to put in the effort necessary to make yourself look even better.
Staying Positive Will Help You Lose Weight
Losing weight, eating healthy, and getting fit are admirable goals. You definitely won’t have an easy time making it happen though. However, you can greatly increase the likelihood of reaching your goal if you have a positive attitude. Shed all your negative thoughts right along with those unwanted pounds.
About the Author
Jessica Velasco is a health and fitness writer. She often has to remind herself to be positive about her own fitness efforts. Staying in shape is difficult when you spend half the day in front of the computer!