When it comes to weight loss, some of us give up before we’ve even started, convinced we’ll never succeed. Here are some shortcuts to boosting your self-belief.
People struggling to lose weight often talk about their lack of willpower, as if willpower is something that you are either born with, or not. Losing weight is all about ‘wantpower’, about recognising that you already have all the resources you need to get what you want. These resources include knowing what you want, knowing how to get it and knowing how to keep yourself motivated along the way.
Positive thinking plays a significant role in our weight loss efforts. Think about it: It’s impossible to lose weight when we focus on how fat and unhappy we are. Why? Because these kinds of negative thoughts lead us to succumb to our cravings, overeat and skip out on our daily dose of exercise.
Positive thoughts, on the other hand, can increase our motivation and energy level propelling us toward our weight loss goals.
In fact, when it comes to losing weight, our mind can be an extremely powerful and effective tool.
Workshop Your Goals. It helps to have an action plan to keep you on track. Envision Your Success. Athletes mentally rehearse every step of their winning routine to make it feel attainable. In the same way, you can make your own goals as real as possible by visualising yourself succeeding in particular scenarios. Revisit these scenarios often, and think about how good you’ll feel about achieving your goals.
Don’t Sabotage Yourself. Many of us unconsciously sabotage ourselves with self-destructive thoughts, such as “I’ll never lose weight.” Whenever you catch yourself thinking this way, try to substitute more constructive statements; for example, “I haven’t lost as much weight as I would like, but I can change that. I’m going to start by setting aside time to exercise three times each week.”
Celebrate your progress and try not to obsess about setbacks.
Avoid Perfectionism. Try not to think in all-or-nothing terms — that you’ve blown your diet, for example, simply because you’ve overdone it at one meal. We need to be kinder to ourselves, and learn to regard setbacks as learning opportunities.
Follow Through. Believing you can achieve your weight-loss goals is important, but you have to act too — by changing your eating habits, increasing your physical activity and so on.
Best quotes on the power of positive thinking for weight loss success:
We become what we think about. – Earl Nightingale
The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker