I think we can all agree that everyone is capable of eating healthy. It’s not like we are being forced to indulge in bad foods. But day after day, for whatever reason, we eat too much, eat bad foods, have too much sugar, etc. Research indicates that those who have a positive outlook on life are more likely to lose weight-and stay thin. But how do we stay positive when all the magazines we see showcase rail thin women or lean, muscular men and we are neither?
Well, the good news is that there is hope. Why is it that someone who has been out of shape for years and always complained about it is now suddenly fit? Or that overweight person who felt terrible about their body for years recently celebrated dropping 100 pounds? The answer is, it was nothing more than changing their thoughts. First, they made a decision (as they had many times in the past), convinced themselves they could do it, and went out and did it! And so can you. Below are six mental tricks that helped me along the way to better health.
Know You Can Do It – When I say this, I mean you REALLY have to convince yourself you can do it! Your mind may be telling you there’s no way but there absolutely is. I don’t care who you are. One of the most powerful methods to achieve this is through affirmations. These are not only great for weight loss and fitness, but I suggest it for all areas of your life.
Write Down Goals – And I mean to actually write them out. Why write them down? You become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis. But make sure they are attainable. Maybe to lose two pounds this week, or walk a mile twice a week. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting huge goals. My first goals were to cook a bunch of chicken on Sunday to have during the week, get to the gym three times, and no bad carbs. Mission accomplished and on to bigger goals week two.
Once you reach your first goals, step it up a notch. As you go along, you’re going to notice your self confidence improve immediately! I noticed mine right after week one. And this is what keeps you moving forward.
Use Smaller Plates – This one worked great for me. And when I say use smaller plates, my were REALLY on the small side. But your mind see an overflowing plate and helps convince you that you have enough food. A side note to that, chew slowly to allow your body to catch up with your mind. Eating too fast is a huge contributor to overeating.
Visualize – Spend a few minutes a day and visualize yourself at your desired goal. Visualization has not only helped me get healthier, it has also helped out in my finances, relationships and work. I am not going to try and explain how it works, but it does!
Understand There is no Quick Fix – I often turned to the magic pill for fitness. The 30 day abs, the sixty day weight loss, etc. But it wasn’t until I decided I just need to change my lifestyle long term that I actually saw results. Don’t get me wrong, I did see some results in the quick fix methods, but the results never lasted. Give yourself time, Don’t be discouraged with a few weeks of no weight loss and go for it! But get it out of your mind that the results you want are only a month or two away.
Trick Your Tummy to Feeling Full – One of my biggest problems was snacking. I always had the wrong foods available and they were easy to access. Once I starting loading the refrigerator with carrots and celery, I was able to feed my cravings with the right foods. And veggies are more fibrous which makes you feel more full than other snacks. An important thing to remember here, you are eating to satisfy hunger, not to treat yourself! Know this and it makes eating clean so much easier. Trust me, the hunger will go away and you won’t feel guilty afterward.