Every diet or weight-loss strategy has its pros and cons, but for it to really work, you’ve got to get your mind right. Shifting your mindset to lose weight is the greatest obstacle. Most people try to lose weight with a very negative mindset – wanting to “fix” themselves. They get fixated on results and focus mostly on quick fixes rather than health. All the while tugging on their “trouble” spots, calling themselves “fat”.
Psychologists say that how you feel about yourself predicts your actions. So, the more dissatisfied you are with your body, the more likely you are to avoid going to the gym. And just thinking that you’re overweight predicts further future weight gain.
Fortunately, the mind is flexible. Follow these 10 top tips to change your mindset and make your weight-loss approach healthier, happier and way more effective:
- Change Your Goals
Losing weight may be the result, but it shouldn’t be your goal. Instead, your goals should be small and sustainable, where you have full control. Did you eat enough veg and protein today? Check! Did you get 8hours of sleep? Check!
- Surround yourself with Positivity
Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage and support you.
- Rethink your Rewards
Making health choice is a practice of self-care. Food is not a reward, and exercise is not a punishment. They are both methods of taking care of your body.
Taking a few minutes a day to slow down and focus on your breathing can help you set your intentions, connect with your body and lower your stress.
Try lying on your back with your legs extended and place on hand on your stomach and one on your chest. Breathe in through your nose for 4seconds, hold the breath for 2 seconds, and exhale through your mouth for six. With each breath, you should feel your belly rising and falling.
- Be Patient
Patience is very important when you’re attempting to lose weight. Instead of focusing on meeting a deadline, focus on meeting actionable goals, such as taking 10,000 steps every day or eating a certain number of calories every day.
- Identify your “Trouble Thoughts”
Identify the thoughts that get you into trouble and work on changing them. Maybe it’s your internal dialogue when you look in the mirror. Or maybe it’s binging when you feel stressed.
- Throw Away the Scale
Don’t bother stepping on the scale until you get to a place where the number you see doesn’t define your worth.
- Be your own Best Friend
When it comes to identity and body image we are extremely hard on ourselves. We’d never say such things to a friend or loved one. You deserve the same respect and compassion. So, remember to treat yourself like your own best friend.
- Food isn’t the Enemy
Somewhere along the line, we’ve taught ourselves to feel proud or guilty for what we eat. You shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting the occasional chocolate or glass of wine.
- Focus on the Attainable
If you’ve never stepped in the gym, or made a healthy meal, start small. Try walking the dogs first or ordering readymade healthy meals if you struggle to find the time to make healthy lunches or dinners. Try NPL ProLifestyle Diet Pro for a healthy and convenient way to satisfy your hunger. Available in yummy flavours such as Milk & Honey, Red Velvet, Chocnut Sundae, and Vanilla Doughnut.
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