Positive thinking for weight-loss

success - no doubtIt’s very difficult to achieve anything if you don’t think about it positively. And this includes achieving your ideal healthy weight.

When you think about losing weight it’s very easy to think positively about how you will look and feel once the weight is lost.

The problems can come when you need to eat less and exercise more, and stick with this until your weight-loss goals have been achieved.

Here are three suggestions to help you develop positive thinking for weight-loss and help you power through to your ideal weight. You can include these as part of your weight-loss program planning.

The video below discusses these positive thinking suggestions for getting an edge on weight loss and making a go of losing weight.

Rearrange your thought process

If you have a bad feeling about trying to lose weight it may be that you are thinking about it in an unhelpful way. You need to rearrange your thought process about weight loss to make you feel better about it.

Psychologists have a name for this thought rearrangement process; they call it “reframing”. Rearranging your thoughts to make you have a better feeling about things you need to do in order to lose weight would be called, “positive reframing”.

If you think negatively about following a healthy diet and doing more exercise then the bad feeling these thoughts generate will make it unlikely that you will succeed in losing the weight you want to lose.

If you think positively about your new diet and exercise regime than that is likely to make you feel good about it. This will make it more likely that you will stick to your diet and do the exercise you need to do.

An important part of positive thinking is belief. If you don’t believe you can lose the weight then you won’t do the things you need to do for successful weight-loss. Imagining how things will be when you have lost the weight will help with this.

Picture yourself having lost the weight and see how great you look. Imagine how great you will feel when when you have reached your target weight. Hear people commenting on how much better you look now that you have lost the excess weight.

This visualisation of success will motivate you and make you think and feel more positively about your weight-loss diet and exercise program.

Look in the mirror

Have a look in the mirror and speak positively to yourself. This can feel a little strange, but it is very helpful when trying to be more positive.

Normally the voice inside our heads can be very critical and tell us we are wasting out time, and that we will never lose any weight. We imagine other people thinking that we won’t be able to do it too, even when they probably aren’t.

When you hear yourself saying what you intend to do; how much weight you intend to lose and how you intend to lose it, this can have a powerful effect on you. It makes you feel more accountable to yourself, and you become more committed to your weight-loss program.

Give yourself passes

Often when we slip-up on a program aimed at achieving some goal we think that that is the end of it and we might as well give up altogether.

This isn’t true, so don’t be so hard on yourself if you do slip-up. If you eat a burger, or skip your exercise because you don’t feel like it, just accept these things happen and move on.

So long as you are moving towards your goal the odd mistake doesn’t matter. As Tony Robbins says, “it’s not what you do occasionally that matters, it’s what you do consistently that makes the difference”. Just go back to your program and pick up where you left-off.

This is where believe is important. If you believe that what you are doing will let you achieve your ideal healthy weight, then occasionally falling off the program for a little while doesn’t matter. You do have to get back on the program as quickly as possible though.

Say positive, and go for it!

So, to summarise. Rearranging your thought processes to look more positively at what you need to do to lose weight will help you to get on with those things. Looking in the mirror and telling yourself what you want to do helps to reinforce your commitment. Giving yourself a pass when you slip-up helps you stay on track and and not give up.