People who want to lose weight often jump into finding the right diet plan and exercise routine they feel will lead them to their ideal body weight. Although those strategies are important in a weight loss plan, sometimes you need to take a step back and correct your negative thoughts, which could be a cause of weight gain. Negative self-talk can drain the energy and motivation you need to stick to a strict weight loss plan, causing additional stress and even depression. This leads you to eat more as a way to feel better. We will analyze a couple of common negative ideas you may be thinking and how to avoid them.
It’s Not Working
Permanent weight loss takes time and being impatient can be a cause of weight gain. If you are not seeing quick results and getting depressed, you may start consuming more calories or reduce your exercise because you feel it’s not helping you lose weight. You need to stop thinking that it’s not working. Concentrate on the small benefits you do see from exercise, like an increase in energy and better mood. Start keeping a journal of how much you can lift or how far you can go, then try to beat your personal bests. You can also break down your total weight loss objective into small portions, like how much weight you want to lose in a month versus over six months. Breaking down your overall goal into smaller steps will make you feel like you are on the right track and encourage you to keep going.
Enlisting the help of family, friends or weight loss professionals, like a dietician or personal trainer, can also help. By pairing up with a family member or friend for your exercise routine, you can push each other when one person is a bit down. A dietician or personal trainer can be that outside perspective who can point out some improvements that your negative thoughts prevent you from recognizing.
It Keeps Coming Back
Another negative thought that can lead you to inertia and cause weight gain is to believe that even if you do lose weight, it will come right back, so there’s no point in trying. Just because this has happened in the past, does not mean it will happen in the future. You need to have confidence in yourself to make permanent lifestyle changes. Start with small steps, like eating a healthy breakfast. Once you are in the habit of preparing healthy breakfasts, you can add on another healthy habit change, like picking the right snacks, so you do not feel these changes are a burden. Slow, gradual change will help you on your way to permanent weight loss.
Negative thoughts can be damaging to your morale and could be the main cause of weight gain, among other harmful effects. The best person to challenge your negative thoughts is you, but also look for some external help. Consider talking to a friend or family member when you have negative thoughts and they will most likely give you counter-arguments that will help change your views.