While our bodies are complex, and many things can influence our weight, the primary components are dietary changes and becoming more physically active. Considering these two elements are completely under our control, it should be easy right? Technically yes, but practically speaking, far from it.
We are ingrained with lots of bad habits, we engage in self-sabotage, and we can just be downright lazy sometimes. All of these issues will slow down our weight loss, or even stop it completely in its tracks. Everything we do in life starts with a decision, and we need to prime our minds to make the decisions that will support our goals to trim down. To get your body right, you need to get your mind right first, and here are some tips to help you do just that.
Stress is a huge problem when it comes to weight loss. Not only does it cause physical changes that make us hold onto fat, increase our appetite and trigger cravings for unhealthy foods, it is terrible for our mental health. When we feel stressed, we just do not care as much about stuff, including our overall health or our latest stab at finally losing that weight. We feel pessimistic about our chances for success and we stop trying as hard. Stress triggers emotional eating, which is a major weight loss saboteur.
When we learn to manage stress more effectively, we are in a better state of mind to make the permanent changes we need to make for our health. You will feel more inclined to exercise rather than veg out in front of the TV; you will want to eat healthier foods that support your mental and physical health.
Get Clear on Your ‘’Why’’
You want to lose weight for a reason, likely several. Perhaps you are concerned about your health. Maybe you let yourself go over the years and you know you can look better. You want to increase your confidence and feel more comfortable in your own skin. Maybe you think it will help you be a better parent.
Whatever your reasons are, it is important to get crystal clear on them and go deep—get at the reasons behind the reasons. Think of all your reasons and then ask yourself why you want all of those things, and then why you want all of those things and so on until you get at the root. This clarity will help keep you focused on your goals.
You may berate yourself a lot about your current weight and your lack of effort in maintaining your health thus far—you judge and criticize yourself for your unhealthy relationship with food. All of this has to go if you want to be successful in your current efforts. Sure, you may have dropped the ball on this one in the past, but you are starting anew, so do your best to let the mistakes of the past go. As you work towards change, you may have setbacks and slip-ups—it is okay. Remember that you are in this for the long-haul and are looking to make permanent change.