Your mindset is everything when it comes to setting a goal, including losing weight. If you have negative feelings about attempting to eat healthier or exercising in various forms, then it will be challenging to keep moving forward toward your goal. Then it feels like a chore that you are forcing yourself into, not something you want to do. Weight loss and body image are connected and shifting your ideas about your body, may be able to move you into a healthier mindset regarding your weight-loss goals.
Understand Your Body As It Is
Understanding your body as it currently is, can be the hardest part about changing how you think about weight loss and health. However, it is also the most important. Most people who approach health from a weight loss perspective want to change their body. But if you can understand your body how it is right now and realize that genetics play a part in body type, then you can look clearly at what changes you can make towards the positive rather than operating with a negative outlook.
It seems counterintuitive, but if you can get to a place where you understand and acknowledge your body as it is right now, you won’t worry and obsess so much about needing a major overhaul quickly. It will still change if you continue on this journey, but you won’t stress yourself about it as much along the way. Small steps towards a larger goal can produce serious results over time.
Realize Weight Loss Won’t Make You Happier
If you ask anyone who has reached their weight loss goal, they will tell you this. Yes, you gain more confidence and boost your self-esteem. But it doesn’t actually make you a happier person deep within your soul or solve the issues you had before?
It isn’t going to heal your possible toxic relationship with food, change your attitude about your body, or cure any possible depression. These issues will still exist after the weight loss comes. Understanding this can help you focus on changing your life as a whole, not just addressing your weight.
Focus on Health, Nutrition and Balance
Your mentality also has to do with how you approach health and what place nutrition and exercise has in your life and journey. Balance out your healthy lifestyle changes, but remember to still enjoying your life. Moderate exercise that is good for your health, enjoyable, and makes you stronger will do so much more for your mentality than sticking to a rigid, extreme workout schedule where you end up hating after 2 weeks.
Understand What You Really Want
Try to start a practice of mindfulness to figure out what it is you want and what you hope to gain from weight loss. Keep writing in your journal about your struggles, why you want to lose weight, why you want to be healthier, and what benefits you are looking forward to. Over time, you may be surprised at what you learn from your journey and the life wisdom you gain from it.
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