Over two-thirds of the adult U.S. population is overweight or obese. In Australia, the figure is 60%. The vast majority of these people would like to lose weight. Why haven’t they? Why is losing weight so commonly a struggle?
To lose weight successfully you need to use of all your resources. This is where the power of your mind to help with your weight-loss can tip the scales in your favour.
Use the power of purpose and habits to change your behaviour:
1. Become a person who places a priority on health, moderation, and exercise. Changing your behaviour is part of the solution to losing weight.
2. A more important part of the equation is changing your identity – how you think of yourself. If you consider yourself as an overweight person taking healthy actions, success will be a challenge.
• If you identify yourself as a healthy person that makes healthy decisions, success is much more likely and much easier. Your beliefs lead your actions.
3. Develop an exercise habit. Having effective habits puts your brain on autopilot. If you need to lose weight, you already have some poor habits in place. Decide to override those habits and implant a few new habits.
• Regular exercise doesn’t require willpower once you make it a habit. The willpower is necessary to create the habit. Make exercising easy! Start small, but be consistent. Once you’re in the habit, you’ll feel so much better that you’ll want to keep it up.
4. Develop a healthy eating habit. Do the same thing with your eating habits. Add one healthy food and subtract an unhealthy food at a time. Apply this process slowly until your diet is healthy and you’re happy with your weight loss. You’ll grow to enjoy the healthy food more than the food you’ve given up.
5. Set a goal. How much would you like to weigh? If you have a clear target, your odds improve considerably. If you don’t know what you want, how will you know when you’ve arrived? Set a clear goal. A clear goal incorporates a deadline and a clear target. Your brain requires clarity in order to thrive. Perhaps you can set interim goals as well to spur you on.
6. Deal with any emotional turmoil. Our obstacles are in our own mind. What concerns do you have about losing weight? Are you worried about being hungry or feeling lethargic? Are you afraid your spouse won’t find you attractive anymore?
• It’s necessary to deal with your negative emotions surrounding the achievement of your goal. Otherwise, you’ll be fighting with yourself.
7. Remind yourself. This can be as simple as reading your goal aloud and visualizing your success. Others have more success with repeating their goal several times per day. Reminding yourself about your goal keeps it in the front of your mind. Too many people fail to reinforce their goals and forget all about them within a week. Make this a habit, too.
8. Track your progress. The number on the scale is what it is. Weigh yourself daily and average your results for the entire week. Compare that number to the previous week. Are you seeing progress? If so, congratulate yourself and continue. If you’re not losing weight, reassess your diet and exercise plan. Are you being compliant? Is it time for a new plan?
• Give yourself a little reward when you’ve done well. You’ve earned it.
• Avoid only tracking your weight. Track your compliance, too. If your diet and exercise plan are sound, your level of compliance determines your success.
Let today be the day you begin a successful weight-loss journey.
You can lose weight faster and easier if you are able to use the power of your mind.
Set a clear goal and develop habits that support that goal. In short a time, you’ll have the body you desire.