How To Banish Negative Thinking And Achieve Weight Loss Success
The way you think can greatly influence your weight loss success
It’s a simple fact that the greatest hindrance to an effective weight loss plan is mental rather than physical. There is a plethora of information out there that will show you the proper foods to eat and the right amount of exercise to perform to achieve an ideal weight, but there’s a hidden factor that often prevents us from obtaining our desired results from our knowledge. Negative thinking is the factor that brings about the downfall of so many weight loss diets, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. Read on to learn about the most common types of negative thinking, how negative thinking sabotages weight loss success, and the best ways to combat it.
The health consequences of obesity
The health consequences of long-term obesity are nothing to scoff at. People who fall into the obese category of the body mass index are prone to a number of health ailments, ranging from mild to life-threatening. These health conditions include type 2 diabetes, various forms of cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney stones. Despite all of the medical advances that have contributed to our lengthening lifespans, obesity stands as one of the primary threats against it. According to the Center for Disease Control, one-third of the American population is clinically obese. Although the United States is at the front of the pack when it comes to the obesity epidemic, many European nations aren’t far behind.
How Negative Thinking Can Hinder Your Weight Loss
“Mind over matter” is a popular cliché for a reason. Until you can get a handle on your defeatist thinking, losing weight will continue to be an uphill battle. One of the primary problems that dieters face is having too high expectations in the beginning. If you eat in a healthy manner, you can expect to lose a pound or two a week. Yes, you can lose weight faster than that, but then you’ll run the risk of putting all back on just as quickly.
For most of us, losing a pound or two a week is difficult enough, and it’s not uncommon to not lose any weight at all in the first few weeks of a diet. When people experience that, they quickly become dejected, scarf down a day’s worth of junk food, and give up on the prospect of ever losing weight. Of course, they’ll usually try again, only to become entrenched in the same vicious cycle. “I’ll never lose weight,” “this is too difficult,” and “I can never be consistent with diets,” are just a few examples of the negative thoughts that may be running through your head. However, these thoughts have very little basis in reality, and they can be overcome with more positive, realistic thinking.
What are the most common types of negative thinking?
Common types of negative thinking include catastrophizing, “fortune telling,” minimizing and maximizing, and emotional reasoning.
Catastrophizing can best be summarized with this example:
Sandy’s daughter didn’t arrive home when she said she would. At first, Sandy is mildly worried and annoyed. Ten minutes later, she wonders if she should call the police. What could have happened to her daughter? Maybe she was in an accident. Maybe she was kidnapped and brutally murdered. Thirty minutes later, Sandy is planning her daughter’s funeral. Five minutes after that, Sandy’s daughter arrives home, safe and sound, having only been stuck in traffic.
Although this is a pretty humorous example, it illustrates that “making a mountain out of a molehill,” type of thinking that can often sabotage our weight loss efforts. Just because you caved in and ate that chocolate candy bar, doesn’t mean that you’ve failed your diet and you’re destined to remain overweight forever. Usually, all it takes to overcome this type of thinking is to imagine someone else saying the same thing, and it’s not too difficult to grasp the ludicrous nature of it.
The concept of “fortune telling,” is pretty simple to understand. It pertains to predicting the future, usually in a very inaccurate way. What evidence do you have to show that you’ll never, absolutely never lose weight? Always assuming that the negative will happen is a huge barrier to effective weight loss.
Minimizing the positives and maximizing the negatives is also a common sentiment among those who continually fail at dieting. Dieters are often guilty of this when they put themselves down for not losing ten pounds they had striven for, while failing to acknowledge how their healthy eating habits and better workout routine have improved their heath in other ways, in addition to losing two or three pounds.
Bonus Tip #1: Use self-hypnosis to help you banish negative thinking and lose weight quickly and safely for the well-toned body of your dreams
Boost your level of motivation and willpower with self-hypnosis. Hypnosis has been in existence long before carbohydrates and the counting of calories came to our attention. Hypnosis can help you retrain your brain, way of thinking and also help you break away from certain habits. Self-hypnosis can help you change your way of thinking to boost your weight loss effort
Finally, emotional reasoning may be the most common and most potent form of negative thinking that affects dieters. When people feel bad about failing, their emotional reasoning leads them to believe that they are failures and to give up prematurely, because they feel that they can’t lose weight. However, this type of thinking has no basis in reality and is based on emotions rather than logic.
How can I combat negative thinking to help me achieve weight loss success?
Mental health experts usually utilize a technique known as cognitive-behavioral therapy to combat negative thinking. Since cognitive distortions are at the root of negative thinking, cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches patients how to identify those distortions and the proper way of addressing them.
Negative thoughts often pass through our minds more than we realize, and then we have no idea why we feel so depressed. Journaling is a great method of getting to the root of how our thoughts are affecting our feelings, so it’s a great place to begin the process of cognitive-behavioral therapy. After writing down your thoughts, scour through them and see if you can find any of the outlined cognitive distortions. Highlight those thoughts, and see if you can replace them with more realistic types of thinking. One important thing to remember is that “realistic” is not always the same as “positive.” There is no sense in trying to delude yourself with positive thoughts that have no more basis in reality than your negative thoughts. Rather, focus on using your logic to create more realistic thoughts that more accurately describe yourself and your attempt at weight loss.
Once you draw in the reigns of your negative thinking, you’ll soon find just that weight loss success is not nearly as difficult as you thought it would be. Remember — healthy living must begin in your mind before it can benefit your body.
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