If you are looking to lose weight but have no idea where to start, remember that a healthy body begins with a healthy mind. All-or-nothing plans that take a drastic approach to weight loss can take a toll on both your body and mind. Stepping into a positive weight loss mindset can give you the confidence needed to get the results you're looking for.
With any change you want to make in your life, adjusting your way of thinking can make all the difference. Losing weight is no exception. Let's take a look at how you can tap into a success mindset that will help you rebalance your body, lose weight and feel alive!
Shifting your perspective on weight loss might seem easier said than done. But the first step is to try to discover any self-limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from your goals. These beliefs can stem from assumptions on how things "should" be versus what you think you can actually achieve, or they might be ingrained through habit or past experience.
To transform negative self-fulfilling prophecies, it's important to be aware of how you view yourself. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity suggests those who perceive themselves as overweight may end up struggling with further weight gain in the future. This is often due to the repetition of comfort-food patterns as a result of stress. This suggests that negative self-perception does much more harm than good. Instead, try to accept yourself with openness and patience so you can build confidence and achieve a "success mindset."
When you consider your weight loss goals, are you focused on the end result or the process? Do you believe you need to lose weight to be healthy or is your primary motivation to become healthy and balanced first?
Sometimes we forget that it is the process that leads us to the end result, which makes it the most important part. While it's true being a healthy body weight is the best thing you can do to live a long and healthy life, the secret to enjoying these results lies in the process of getting there and remaining there. Work toward achieving a healthy body and mind by setting manageable targets along your journey. Create a lifestyle composed of small, consistent changes that are sustainable and enjoyable, over-reaching goals may be unrealistic and stand in your way of enjoying the process.
A positive weight loss mindset begins with transforming your beliefs about yourself, but it must also incorporate an integrative health approach that supports both body and mind.
The most important thing to remember when creating a weight loss plan is that you only need to start where you are. Take it one day at a time, and enjoy the journey!