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The Psychology of Weight Loss

Your weight loss goals and how to achieve them.

1- Change your attitude

The fear of failure is a big one to overcome and many give up before they even started as they simply don’t believe they can achieve their goals. Don’t be one of these people. Concentrate on the positive aspects of your diets and your workouts. Think about how much better you feel, now that you’ve changed your eating habits. Also think how much fitter you feel since you started exercising. Try to visualise yourself as the person you would ideally like to be. A happier, healthier you should be your goal and it will only happen if you believe you can do it. And you can. It may be that you want to get back to the weight you once were. If that’s the case, find the perfect photo of yourself and stick it where you can see it all the time so you’ll know what you’re working towards.

A positive mental attitude is what’s required to achieve weight loss. If you feel your head filling with negative thoughts, stop what you’re doing and do something else briefly. This can listening to your favourite music or watching a TV show. Negative thoughts are just in the mind and they can only hinder your progress if you allow them to.

2- Learn from the past

Everyone makes mistakes so don’t be hard on yourself when you slip up. Learn from it and be a better person because of it. There will be stumbling blocks along the way, but stick to the path. Kick old habits out of the window and be strong. Stick to what you know will be a better way forward for you. Don’t allow history to repeat itself. If you’re genuinely looking for weight loss, you’ll need to stick rigidly to your plan.

3- Drop your dependence on sugar

Your dependence on sugary food is based on a need which forms due to habit. For example, when you make a cup of tea, you will automatically put sugar in it as a matter of course, simply because you’ve done this many times before. Break the habit and start a new one with a reduced amount of sugar or better still, a sugary-substitute or none. Quite often our need for sweet things is based on an emotional need, such as when you feel low and need a boost. Find other ways to fulfil this need by doing something you enjoy, such as going for a walk or visiting friends.

4- Surround yourself with positivity

Positive pictures on your wall, uplifting music and friends and family who support your goals. These should always be close to hand and will give you that extra encouragement. When we are feeling as if we can’t achieve something, all it takes sometimes is a word in our ear from a loved one to set us back on track. The more people who support you. the easier it will be to get to your weight loss goal. Motivation is in-built and often needs to be kick-started by yourself or others. It’s easy to fall back into old habits but so long as you are supported, it will be less difficult for things to fall by the wayside.

Once we identify our heartfelt desires, we can use them to create a healthy lifestyle that reflects our best self. Our deepest values can be summoned to keep us on track, especially when we are facing temptations and distractions. They can also serve as our compass when we go astray.

If we are willing to remain diligently committed to our emotional values, we can be confident that we will succeed in realising our health and fitness goals. And when we do, maybe some of us will go one step further and give support to family and friends so that they can join us in becoming healthier and happier.

September 25, 2018 — Christopher Niven

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