Feel like you’re trapped on a merry go round of diets and dieting? If you’ve been there, done that, and it feels as though you’ve tried just about every faddy, and not so faddy, diet out there, chances are the problem is your mind, not your body. Although obviously if you need to lose weight, your body has a problem too but it’s your mind that ultimately controls what happens to your body. Like the classic saying says – most of the time it’s a simple case of mind over matter.
There are any number of research reports out there proving that lifestyle choices play a huge role in weight loss. One of those choices is choosing to have a positive outlook on life. Positivity breeds self-confidence, determination, and focus. It means you’re more likely to stay on track with your weight loss goals, and then keep the weight off.
Visualizing Weight Loss
A technique called visualization is a proven way of helping to make desired results happen. It’s been used in sports for a long time but it can also be adapted to help with weight loss goals. Start to visualize yourself as slim. Think of an article of clothing you love that no longer fits you. Visualize being able to slip back into it again with ease. Visualize yourself stepping onto a set of scales and looking at those amazing numbers you never thought you’d see again!
Taking the process of visualization a step further, you can also visualize yourself saying no to your favorite food if it’s not good for you. An effective way to help yourself do this is by understanding what things like sugar and fat do to you once they’re in your body, and how your body has to work to metabolise them. Then, the next time you find yourself reaching for your favorite sugar or fat laden snack, all you have to do is visualize what’s going to happen inside you once they hit your digestive system and all that sweetness or fat snakes its way into your blood stream. Try it – it’s very, very effective 99.9% of the time! All these little mind tricks are an excellent way to spur yourself on to weight loss success.
The Importance Of Weight Loss Milestones
Set yourself milestones and plan rewards for when you reach them. You might want treat yourself to a low calorie version, or a small serve, of your favorite treat for example. There really is nothing like the sense of satisfaction you get from achieving and passing each milestone along your weight loss journey.
It’s also important not to beat yourself up if you slip up every now and again. Even the strictest dieters acknowledge that they allow themselves some slack to enjoy ‘forbidden’ favorites every now and again. In fact, it’s often encouraged because psychologically it helps stay on the straight and narrow most of the time knowing that every so often you are ‘allowed’ to indulge your sweet tooth, or fondness for potato chips. If you do unintentionally veer off track, just steer yourself back with the next meal and continue on your way.
Another helpful aid could be investigating the use of dietary weight loss supplements. Some of the ingredients in these products are proven to contain compounds that help inhibit fat metabolism through various mechanisms. They can also assist with appetite control.