Your mental state and attitude can make a difference to your weight loss success. Negative thoughts and emotional baggage keep people from being able to shed physical fat, even when they are exercising frequently.
Improving your thought process will take time. Be patient with yourself and work at it a little bit at a time. Here are 7 methods you can use to help you think like the thin, healthy person you want to become.
1) Why do you want to lose weight? Write all reasons down no matter how big or small they are. If you want to look like someone you saw in a magazine, then by all means write it down! Look at your list every morning and keep it in a place where you can refer to it all day long. Make copies and put it around places where you might slip on your diet, like you refrigerator door in the kitchen!
2) Imagine how you will look a year from now if you stick with your goals. Keep pictures of people you want to look like around so you can see them all day. Remember to be reasonable. If you are 200 pounds overweight, do not expect to look like a fitness instructor in 3 months. It is possible over time, but the farther you get from reality, the easier it will be to quit. Always see yourself in a positive light by being happy with yourself in the present.
3) Take all the bad habits you have that are keeping you in the place where you do not want to be, and replace them with good habits. The new habits will give you a roadmap to reach your goals, and with the bad habits gone, you'll have less roadblocks along the way. It is easier to replace an old habit with a new habit than it is to break an old one altogether. If you like to have an afternoon snack, do not quit having it. Just grab an apple instead of a candy bar.
4) Create a list of things you can do to distract yourself from tempting food. Every time you think you are hungry and start to grab something you know you should not eat, immediately do something else to replace the urge. For me a bottle of water works well. After I drink it I am not as hungry as I thought I was. Other things you can do is go for a walk around your house, do 20 push-ups or put on some music and dance. Anything to get your mind off your cravings.
5) Create small goals for yourself. Write down a list of small things you can do to improve your lifestyle. We all know that it is difficult to make huge changes to our lifestyles. So try accomplishing smaller goals. Once you accomplish them, you will begin to feel good about yourself. Forget about what others are doing or have done. This is about you and striving to do better on a personal level. Small accomplishments accumulate over time.
6) Identify your self-sabotaging thoughts and stop them from entering your head. The best way to do this is to stop being overly critical of yourself. When you think you can not do something, you probably will give up before you even try. If you do not think you can do 30 sit-ups, then do 10 and feel good that you did 10. You can probably do one extra sit-up each day until you reach 30. Identifying why something makes you feel bad can help prevent those situations in the future.
7) Times will get tough, especially when you are trying to lose weight, so surround yourself with people who are supportive. Choose a healthy weight loss program that comes with a personal wellness coach. Seek friends and family members to help you. Having a healthy social network is better for your overall health. Dieters who have friends and family pulling for them achieve better success than those who try to go it alone.
If you apply one or all of these methods into your weight loss plan you will surely begin to see faster results. Your body achieves what your mind believes. It sounds corny, but it really is true. You are capable of losing weight and keeping it off for good, just as you are capable of doing anything else you set your mind to. You just have to believe in yourself.