Staying Positive About Dieting

Apr 06, 2020

Have you every wondered how your thoughts affect your weight loss?  We are constantly thinking about ourselves. This internal conversation we have with ourselves can have a significant impact on our success with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Thoughts are hypnotizing and powerful. When we have the same thought over and over again, we begin to believe that thought is true. The thought then has an impact on our behavior. Therefore, this internal conversation can become self-filling. For example, if you think every day dieting is worthless and impossible, in time you will stop dieting. Basically, everyone has the ability to talk themselves into and out of doing things.

Therefore, it is important to be mindful of your internal conversation. What do you tell yourself about maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine? Are your statements positive or negative? Negative thoughts can be changed to positive thinking, but first you must become aware of these negative thoughts.

Replacing negative thinking with positive thinking is vital in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For example, replace the thought “I always fail at diets, I can’t do anything right” with “I may not have lost weight before, but I did learn new skills and stopped skipping meals”. Another common negative thought is “it’s not fare that I have to diet and other people can eat what they want”. Replace that negative thought with “most people watch what they eat, I’m not alone”. Positive thinking is an important skill to develop when you are trying to lose weight. Remember to praise yourself for all your successes, especially the little ones.

When practicing positive thinking, a support network is important. Surround yourself with positive people that want you to succeed. Seeking support can help when you feel less motivated and experience an increase in negative thoughts. Friends and family who also want to lose weight can help provide support if they are successfully maintaining healthy lifestyles. Positive thinking can help you reach your weight loss goals and make sure you stay there!


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