Can you trick your mind to achieve your weight loss goal?
If you’re wondering, the answer is yes! Losing weight requires more than just physical effort. Don’t forget that when it comes to weight loss, it is not only about achieving your goal but maintaining your slimmer, healthier self, in the long run. This is where your mental strength comes in.
So, when you’re about to start on a weight loss plan, program your mind so you are continuously inspired to drop excess kilos.
Start with positivity
Start by having a positive mindset. Do you know that the reason why some people cannot manage their weight well is because they do not start with the right mindset? So what is your current outlook about losing weight? Are you excited, motivated and looking forward to seeing results or are you dreading it but forcing yourself to go through with it because you think you have to?
If you think losing weight, staying healthy and going on a diet are dreadful tasks, then it’s time to change your mind. Having a negative perception about your weight loss plan may cause you to give up long before you achieve your goal weight. Instead, think of your weight loss journey with a twist of positivity. Look at the bigger picture, such as how your weight loss can benefit your health. A positive mindset can help you effectively execute your plan.
Here are 6 strategies to help you think yourself thin.
Strategy # 1 Visualise yourself thin
Imagine your future self, how you would like to look and feel, six months after you’ve started on your weight loss journey? Think about how great you’ll look after shedding those extra kilos. Keep this image in your mind as it will help you to stay focused and motivated. If you have pictures of yourself looking slim and fit, put them where you won’t miss them such as on your office desk or dressing table at home. These pictures will serve as inspiring reminders on how you would like to look and feel.
Strategy #2 Cook up an action plan
Creating a detailed action plan will help you stay motivated. In other words, a plan helps you to keep your eyes (and mind) on the prize. Note your action plan in a journal or your electronic device such as your phone or tablet. From your meals and snacks to the exercise routine for the day, a detailed action plan will help your mind stay focused and help you resist temptation.
Strategy #3 Be confident!
Losing weight is often associated with a rise in self-confidence but let’s take it a step further. Instead of waiting to lose weight and then feel confident about yourself, why not feel this way from the very beginning of your weight loss journey? So choose to have confidence in the weight loss path you’ve chosen. Believe that you will be able to do it and achieve it. Simple steps such as thinking positively about yourself and doing activities that you love and reminding yourself that you deserve the good things in life are great ways to help you boost your confidence. Do not allow low self-esteem and negative comments from others affect you and slow you down. So, put your chin up high, be confident and work towards your weight loss goal.
Strategy #4 A positive support group
Surround yourself with people are positive and want to see you achieve your weight loss goal. An uplifting vibe will help to keep your mind focused and it will encourage you to continue striving for a better and healthier way of life. Avoid negative influences like people who smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or enjoy unhealthy late night suppers. According to WebMD, studies have shown that people who connect with others via social media or in person on a regular basis do better in their weight loss plan compared to those who try to do it alone. From family members to friends, find the support and encouragement you need to achieve and maintain your goal.
Strategy #5 Set small goals
Setting small and realistic goals is a great way to continuously encourage yourself to work hard and achieve lasting weight loss. These small goals will not stress you out and cause you to quit. For example, set a diet goal of increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in every meal instead of trying to move mountains by removing all carbohydrates from all your meals at all times. Start small and gradually improve your eating and exercise habits.
Strategy #6 Reward yourself
Rewards are a great way to acknowledge the hard work you’ve put in to achieve weight loss. Each time you reach a weight loss milestone that you’ve set, say ‘thank you’ to yourself with a pampering spa session or a movie night. Just remember, pick a healthy reward option instead of one that might affect your weight loss plan. You can also include a reward list in your weight loss action plan as an additional form of encouragement.
Your mind plays a very important role in helping you achieve lasting weight loss. Think yourself thin and you’re on your way to a healthier and slimmer you!
Weight Loss Buddies
Need some help with tracking your weight loss plan? Try these apps which are available on both the Apple iTunes store and Google Play store!
My diet coach
– This app makes weight loss fun. Its unique feature is that it is built around the concept of a game whereby you complete challenges and win rewards. The fun twist keeps you motivated and committed.
– Food Planner makes meal planning a breeze. You’re able to key in your meal plans in advance and this will help you stick to your action plan (as suggested in Strategy #2). Another interesting feature is that, you’re also able to save the recipe of your favourite healthy dishes, making it very easy for you to refer to them whenever you need to.