Your Brain Can Help You Lose Weight... Or Make You Fat!
Have you done this before? You have set your weight loss goals and mapped out your plan to lose all those excess pounds that you have been dying to get rid off. In your mind, you have psyched yourself up -- this time you are going all the way out to lose all those pounds! "Nothing can stop me," you tell yourself. Then, you rationalize that. 1) In order for you to succeed in your weight loss goals, you must follow a super-strict diet and exercise routine. and/or 2) If you happen to go off track in your diet or exercise routine by eating your favorite high-calorie junk food and skipping your exercise session, this means you have totally blown off your plan altogether. Sound familiar? I sure hope not! This train of thought can be very detrimental to your weight loss efforts, but it's all too easy to fall into this trap.
And not only is it very harmful to your body, it actually lowers your self-esteem too. Your brain can help you to lose weight, or it can make you fat. If you want to lose weight successfully, you'll need to have the right thoughts in your brain. Conversely, holding on tight to the wrong concepts can (and will!) jeopardize your plans! Here's what you should do instead. 1) Get rid of the word "DIET" from your thoughts Firstly, you must shake off the idea that you absolutely have to follow an extremely restrictive diet in order to lose weight successfully.
In fact, most people who are able to lose their unwanted weight successfully DO NOT diet. What they do is simply change their lifestyle such as practicing portion control, moderation, cutting back on calories and curbing their emotional eating bouts. It's time to change your focus from weight loss to weight management. It is not just losing weight, it is about changing your lifestyle so that you can maintain your weight loss. And do you notice how most women like to use the word "diet" every time they want to lose weight? We "go on" and "go off" diets after every holiday season; we say "I start on Monday" only to go off it by the weekend. Nobody says "I start my new way of life on Monday." But that's exactly what we need to do. An effective diet isn't just for Christmas or just a very special occasion, it's for your whole life. We need variety not only for our nutritional reasons. It is also to satisfy ourselves, and to take care of our "wants.
" So, you need to create your own healthy lifestyle. the lifestyle that you want, and one that's sustainable for the long term. Be wary of any plan that restricts entire food groups, or if it relies on just 1 type of food (e. soup or salad) as its mainstay. Believe me, I've been there and done that. If you go on a diet that requires you to eat all the food that you hate or totally omits your favorites, you are going to dread your meals and are bound to fail. Even if you manage to lose the weight, all your pounds (and probably more!) will creep back once you are off the diet. 2) Do NOT give up your favorite foods Another thing that most women would do initially is severely limiting their food intake. Or they completely cut off their favorite foods.
This is one thing that you should never do. "Why?" Well, by doing that, it sets you up for binges and your temptation for these foods would definitely increase. Instead, you should reduce your consumption slowly. For example, you always have desserts after dinner. Instead of cutting off totally, you start by reducing your portion size to half. Thus, the temptation becomes much less powerful when you have just the taste of something "bad" now and again instead of telling yourself that it is off limits for good. After a while, you will find yourself accustomed to the new portion sizes, and you'll be able to satisfy your craving with just a small amount of your "super sinful" foods. 3) Forgive and move on. So, you decide to keep your favorite foods in your weight loss plan. You allow yourself a chocolate cookie everyday.
But, you could not resist the temptation and you finish half of the pack. Next day afternoon, you finish the remaining half of the chocolate cookies pack for your afternoon tea. Gee, have you blown your weight loss plan again? Does that mean you should just give up the idea of losing those extra pounds and go back to my old eating habits? Well, not allowing yourself to make mistakes is the worst mistake you can ever make. Seriously. Having this all-or-nothing thinking is a way to let you off the hook. It is an escape route that you create for yourself. In your mind, you could be telling yourself, "Oh well. It is all gone. I guess I don't have to bother anymore.