Five Ways to Change Your Mindset About Losing Weight

The majority of us want to lose weight from time to time. Some of us will be successful. A fair few of us will lose weight only to gain it back again - and then some. I’m not keen on the word ‘diet’ unless it’s preceded by the word ‘healthy’ - so here are five weight loss tips that will help you to lose weight and stay slim - without you ever having to mention the 'D' word.

Believe That You Can

You may have heard something about a leopard not being able to change its spots. When it comes to losing weight, it may pay to remember that you're not an aggressive wild cat (most of the time anyway). Never convince yourself that because you’ve failed once in your endeavours to lose weight that you will continue to fail every time you try. If you believe that you’re going to fail, you may as well go and eat every last slice of that chocolate cake now. On the other hand, if you allow yourself to believe that you will succeed in losing weight this time round, there’s a very good chance that you will. It’s all about positive thinking. You would do well to educate yourself about the power of positive thinking and the law of attraction. A great place to start is to read ‘Ask and It Is Given’ by Esther and Jerry Hicks.

Learn From Past Mistakes

Think back to previous occasions when you’ve tried to lose weight. Think about the reasons why you failed. Did you come up with a weight loss program that required you to sweat buckets at your local gym at 6am every morning or survive on lettuce leaves alone? Could your previous failure be simply down to the fact that you despise the gym or that your really does require more sustenance than lettuce can ever provide? A change in approach might be all that’s needed to achieve success. Few people would favour sweating it out in a busy gym over a nice brisk walk in beautiful countryside. Perhaps your resolve caved because you allowed yourself to have absolutely no treats. Life is all about little pleasures, so go ahead and enjoy a little bit of what takes your fancy. It’s about learning to savour one biscuit instead of demolishing the whole pack. Your past efforts to lose weight can offer a valuable insight into what will and won’t work for you.

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Learn to Forgive Yourself

When you fall off the weight loss wagon -- and you will -- it’s all too easy to admit defeat, scrap your plans to lose weight, and fall back into the same patterns that got you into trouble in the first place. The key thing to remember is that tomorrow is quite literally a new day - and it’s going to be more effective for you if it’s not jam-packed with biscuits. Will the packet of biscuits you scoffed in one sitting today really matter all that much if you are consistently healthier over the coming weeks and months? Probably not. How about if you were to demolish a packet of biscuits every day for that same period. Can you see the difference? If your best friend became convinced that she was destined to sport a muffin top forever because she ate a few too many biscuits, you wouldn't pass her a cream cake and agree that she was going to be overweight for the rest of her life. You’d offer wise words and support instead. It’s up to you to be just as supportive to yourself.

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Make Weight Loss a Habit

There’s a school of thought that suggests that it takes 21 days or 21 times of doing something to form a habit. Whether that’s true or not, 21 days of being healthier or 21 long walks in the countryside is going to make positive inroads into your weight loss goal, so why not give it a try? Commit to living a healthier lifestyle for just 21 days - what’s the worst that can happen? While we’re on the subject of habits and making changes, it can be too much of a shock to the system to try and tackle too many things at once. That means that although the likes of stopping smoking, finding a lucrative new career, and getting out of debt are all worthy goals, it’s probably best to implement one change at a time - or at the very least every 21 days. Get used to one big change at a time - and those changes are more likely to become commonplace in your life.

Determine Your Why

Why do you want to lose weight? Is it is get back into your beloved skinny jeans? Perhaps you want to rock a bikini at your local beach? Maybe you want to feel a bit more confident in the bedroom or perhaps you’d like to be a better role model for your children. It’s super important to determine ‘why’ you want to lose weight - and to keep that reason at the forefront of your mind. So go ahead and hang those skinny jeans up where you can see them or stick a picture of your adorable kids on the fridge. It will act as a constant reminder of your reason why you want to lose weight. By training your focus on the desired end result, you may just reach your goal that little bit faster.

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There's No Time Like the Present

Ready to lose weight? Why not start today? There’s no time like the present to start working toward a healthier you.

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