You have probably heard a thousand times before that you need to nurture positive thoughts and believe in yourself in order to achieve your goals. But have you ever wondered what thinking positively truly means?
If you are overweight, you don’t need to think in terms of what you should do to lose pounds but what you should do to change your mindset. If you are wondering why you need to change your mindset, the answer is simple. Your negative mindset is what may have brought you in the current situation in the first place.
DID YOU KNOW?
If you only try to change your habits without changing the way you think, you will end up in the exact same place in a couple of months, trying to lose weight yet again.
What Do You Think about Yourself?
Changing the way you think is not that difficult. Start by writing down everything you think about yourself. Don’t leave anything out and try to be as honest as possible. Do you think that you are fat? That you will never be as thin and beautiful as the people you admire? Do you hate the way you look and believe you don’t deserve to be thin or that you are not strong enough to persevere? Do you believe that you are doomed to failure?
If the answers to these questions are ‘yes’, you have a problem that absolutely needs to be addressed – and it is not the extra weight. It is time you realized that you don’t think this way because you are overweight; you are overweight because you think this way. In order to achieve your goals, you need to remove these negative thoughts from the equation.
Instead of masking all the negativity and replacing it with positivity on the surface, you need to deal with negative emotions and resolve them once and for all. Once you have done that, you can experience the true power of a positive mindset.
Stop Sabotaging Yourself
A lot of people are not even aware that extra pounds are not the biggest obstacle they have to overcome in their weight loss journey – it’s the way they think. Your mindset can be your biggest enemy. On the other hand, it can be your biggest ally too.
One of the consequences of negative thinking is that you can be too hard on yourself. Treating yourself to something you love every now and then is perfectly fine, even if it’s against the rules of your nutritional program. It is not a weakness. What can be a weakness, however, is the way you perceive food. If you think of food as your enemy on the road to weight loss, you will feel bad during every meal time.
Enough with the Negativity
If you believe that you will never look like someone from the cover of a magazine, you need to ask yourself one simple question – why would you even want it? Why do you compare yourself to others and strive to be like somebody else? Why not try to be the best version of yourself? Answers to these questions are important and can help you discover more about yourself, what you want to change in your life, and how to get there.
The biggest problem with this way of thinking is that it makes you set unrealistic goals. If you cannot lose 20 pounds in a week, it is not because you didn’t try enough but because it is impossible. When you set goals that are impossible to achieve, you are preparing yourself for failure and disappointment.
On the other hand, if you start with smaller milestones, you will be happier with your progress and more confident during the journey as well. Don’t rush or push yourself too hard. Be realistic. With every small goal achieved, you will feel better and have more willpower to endure until you are satisfied with what you see in the mirror.
Don’t Be Afraid to Seek Professional Support
If you are struggling with achieving your weight loss goals despite incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle, maybe it is time to seek the help and support of a professional. Keep in mind that seeking help doesn’t mean admitting defeat; on the contrary, it shows that you are ready to take control of your weight loss and emerge victorious once and for all.
Not achieving the desired results despite great effort can be frustrating. You probably know what foods are considered healthy, but you may not know what the best food choices for your body are. Having a professional nutritionist to guide you in the right direction can help you achieve your end goal much faster.
The most important factor in losing weight is shifting your mindset. Trying to lose weight because you need to fix yourself is completely wrong. There is nothing to be fixed. You should be trying to lose weight because you want to be healthy and happy and enjoy life to the fullest.
Focus on all the good things that can come with weight loss – your body will be healthier, you will have more energy, and feel much better on the inside. No matter how hard it may be in the beginning, remember that the main thing that is stopping you from losing weight is having a negative mindset.
Once you have changed your way of thinking, you can do whatever you set your heart and mind to.