If You Want A Healthy Weight Loss Journey, Start With This
Weight loss is one of the most challenging journeys you can embark upon, but also one of the most rewarding. It not only changes your body composition and improves your physical health, but it can also improve your mental health at the same time. Trust me, I know from personal experience the power of fitness when it comes to improving mental health – that’s really the primary reason why I’m so passionate about it.
The problem is often not with your physical body, but how your mind reacts to changing certain lifestyles that will help you lose weight and keep it off. Most of us automatically think of restriction when it comes to a weight loss journey, but you can have a healthy & exciting experience when you start off the right way…with your mindset. Here are some tips for developing a healthy mindset for a more successful & sustainable weight loss journey.
Why Are You Overweight?
In order to have a healthier mindset to help you lose weight, you first need to figure out what the main purpose for your weight gain is. How did you get here? This can be something from your childhood, unhealthy habits, food addiction or disordered eating, mental illness and medical conditions.
Sometimes, your weight is determined by genetics or a medication you are taking, so weight loss and your mindset is going to be much different than if it is from your mental health or simple unhealthy choices you have been making.
Keep Weight Loss Simple
Once you have figured out why you have gained weight, you are on the right path to developing a healthier mindset for weight loss. It is important to start by making it very simple. Don’t try to do a complicated, fad diet, a crash diet, or anything that might be hard on both your body and your mind. Again, it’s not all about restriction. You can lose weight in a healthy way without eliminating the foods that you love. I haven’t eliminated a darn thing from my “diet”, yet I’m as healthy as ever.
Don’t try to lose 10 pounds in a week or start your diet at the same time as a rigorous fitness routine. You will be irritable, you will be resentful, and you will quit…let’s just be real. Start slow, keep it simple, and give yourself enough time to really understand the process.
If you have tried losing weight before, but have failed, then you might have already lost your confidence. And getting started after failure is a lot harder, I get it. However, it is absolutely essential that you focus more on losing weight for health, not beauty.
The reason is because when you focus too much on your appearance, it makes it hard to love yourself enough. You’ll always be striving for a better body when the body you have is more than enough. You are more than enough, always have been & always will be.
You need to keep telling yourself you can do this. You need to keep lifting yourself up, but also give yourself a break during the different challenges that come along. Don’t be too hard on yourself. This is a tough journey to be on.
Ignore Negativity During Your Journey
Negativity might come from you or other people and is something you will need to learn to look past. Don’t surround yourself with people who are going to bring you down, encourage unhealthy eating habits, or who talk down to you along the way. This is not going to give you a healthy mindset, and can cause you to gain even more weight.
Instead, surround yourself with happy, positive, and supportive people. Read some uplifting books, like Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Don’t let the Negative Nancys & the Debbie Downers stress you out & keep you from your path. Leave them in the dust & keep it moving.
By beginning your weight loss journey with a positive state of mind, it will set you up for success early on. That way when things gets challenging (because they will), you’ll be even more motivated to stay the course.
Believe that you will win with your health, and you will.