Sure, you want to lose weight, but are you in the right mindset to make it happen? Stop sabotaging your efforts with a self-defeating outlook and stay motivated to reach your goals with these effective techniques.
Negative beliefs and self-talk
The internal dialogue you have with yourself influences your actions. Thoughts such as �I�ll never lose weight� or �I�m no good at exercising� can weaken your self-esteem and stall your progress. Replace these thoughts with positive statements. Instead of: �I can�t stick with an exercise program,� tell yourself: �I can meet one realistic goal today.�
Many people imagine that losing weight will solve all their problems. Your life will likely change with weight loss � but probably not in all the ways you imagine. Losing weight doesn�t guarantee a better social life or more satisfying job. Keep your expectations focused on those very real benefits like more energy and higher self-esteem.
Words such as always, never or must place undue pressure on you. Telling yourself you�ll never eat chocolate again or you must walk two miles a day can lead to guilt-ridden lapses. Instead, treat yourself now and then in ways that make sense � when you�re out to dinner with friends, not when you�re feeling sad.
One setback doesn�t mean failure. If you eat too much one day, you haven�t blown your plan. Counteract this kind of thinking with moderation � no �good� and �bad� foods, for example, and it�s OK to have dessert once in a while. Remind yourself you can get back on track tomorrow.
Be flexible on your weight-loss journey. Don�t expect perfection. If you have a slip-up, learn from it and move on.