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Weight Control, How To Prepare Yourself Mentally

Updated on February 21, 2011

Getting Into The Right Mindset

How many times have you tried a weight loss program that just didn’t seem to work? Do you get frustrated because you are not seeing the results you expected? Fact is you are not alone. Thousands of people fail to reach their weight loss goals because they think the program they are trying to follow is too difficult or just isn’t working for them. Fact is, no program is going to work for you if you don’t prepare yourself mentally before you begin trying to lose weight.

What does that mean?

In order to lose weight and get the body you have always been dreaming about you must have the right mind set, or you are setting yourself up to fail before you even begin. The decision to lose weight has to begin with a serious desire. If you go into a program with the attitude “I guess I will give it a shot and see what happens” then odds are you are not going to take it very serious and you will likely fail to reach your goals. A positive attitude will go a long way when it comes to reaching your goal. Nobody can force you to lose weight, you have to make the decision to improve your life yourself.

The decision to lose weight means making a lifestyle choice.

In order to reach your goals you have to commit to making changes in your lifestyle. These changes are not always easy since you will likely have to give up some things you enjoy. Stuff like sweet foods and snacks, alcohol, and binge eating will lead you to failure. Taking things out of your life that you enjoy is difficult but is a necessary step to achieving your goals. You will never be able to get the body you want if you don’t change the things that are causing you to gain weight. There are diet plans that claim that you can lose all the weight you want without changing a single thing in your life, these are either dangerous drugs that you have to take, or they are straight out lies.

If you commit to making a healthy lifestyle choice then you are on the correct path to achieving your goals. This doesn’t mean you will never be able to eat another cookie again but you have to take things in moderation. Rewarding yourself for hard work is important and will help you stay on track with your dieting plan.

How do you stick to your commitment?

This is a question I get asked all the time. It can be hard to be with friends or go out for a nice dinner and still stick to your plan. Especially if you are used to eating a lot of junk food or drinking alcohol. A very important step to staying committed is to surround yourself with a good support network. Explain to your friends and family that you are trying to lose weight and odds are they will support your decision. In fact I’m willing to bet some of them will decide to join you in your goals.

Having good support from your friends and family is very important, don’t keep your goals a secret. This way you have people to lean on when things are going tough. Try to find someone who will go for walks with you, or join you at the gym. Having people who are supportive and willing to help will go a long way to helping you achieve your goals.

Set realistic goals

This is a critical step. If you set unreal goals then you will get discouraged and give up when you don’t reach your goals. It is possible to lose 15 pounds a week but it is very hard, not many people can do it. Trying to reach that goal every week is almost impossible and if you don’t reach it you will likely become frustrated and be more prone to quitting your weight lose plan. So what is a realistic goal? Setting your goal at 2 - 3 pounds a week is very achievable if you eat right and exercise a few times a week. This may not sound like much but it is a great first step to getting the body and vitality you are looking for. At just 3 pounds a week you would be 24 pound lighter in 2 months, 72 pounds lighter in 6 months.

If you set realistic goals and mange to achieve these goals for the first couple of weeks it will go a long way to keep you motivated and reinforce your decision to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

How do you stay motivated?

Well this depends on what motivated you to make your lifestyle choice in the first place. “I want to fit into my little black dress again.” I’m sure you have heard this phrase before and it is a very true statement. This is one of the major factors that make people decide to start a diet plan. If you have a similar reason to want to lose weight, then why not hang that dress in your closet where you can see it every day to remind you why you started your diet plan in the first place? Looking at that dress when things are getting tough will help you keep motivated and stick to your plan.

It is important to have motivational factors in your life that you can look at to keep you on track and excited about the idea of losing weight and being healthier. If its not a dress or other article of clothing, maybe you have an old picture of yourself, or even a picture of someone else who is fit and healthy that you would like to mimic. It is a great idea to have something physical that you can look at and feel, rather than just have a number in your mind of the weight you want to achieve.

Anyone can succeed

It is possible to reach your goals if you are willing to make a commitment and make changes to your lifestyle. If you are feeling like you are losing your motivation go back to your support network and talk to them. Have a look at your little black dress, or go on the internet and read other peoples success stories to reinforce your motivation. In the end the only thing that will stop you form achieving your goals is your own doubts. As I mentioned earlier, with the right mindset and motivation you will be able to achieve your goals.

Set your goals, choose your diet program, and stick with it no matter what and you will be able to have that fit body and healthy lifestyle that you so desire.

What Diet Program Should I use?

There are no shortage of diet programs available today. In fact I just googled “diet program” and got over 46,000,000 results. One of the biggest keys is to avoid fad diets of diets that promise unrealistic results. If you set your aim to high you’re are setting yourself up for disappointment. Find a program that fits your goals and is easy to follow. A program that has lots of information and provides guides and recipes is a great place to start.

For most people I recommend using The Diet Solution Program. The reason for this is simple, I used it and it works. This plan has lots of great information, articles, videos and recipes to help you succeed. The creator of the program, Isabel De Los Rios, is a certified nutritionist that has years of training in exercise physiology, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is a Holistic Nutrition Lifestyle Coach. Her expertise can help you to achieve your goals once and for all.

Learn more about the Diet Solution Program.

For more information you can check out Diets and Dieting where you will find more articles and diet plan reviews, including videos and other useful information.

Thanks for reading and I wish you the best of luck in you weight loss plan.

Kathrine Kochan


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