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How to Remove Your Weight Loss Mental Blocks Once And For All
Are you struggling with weight issues year after year, but you’re not sure what to do next?
You’ve tried all the fad diets, exercising for hours, but still struggle with being overweight.
Well, you’re certainly not alone. The statistics show that 1 in 3 adults are overweight or have obesity. (1) At the end of the day, you need to remove your weight loss mental blocks to be successful.
So why do so many people struggle with weight?
Diet and exercise are certainly a factor, but I am going to be controversial and say that the main reason is you need to remove your weight loss mental blocks.
There are some people who can eat almost whatever they want and still be in great shape.
While others eat next to nothing and struggle with weight.
Most weight loss experts will say “It’s their metabolism” but I’m not like most weight loss experts.
In order to get the results you want, you have to start feeling different about your body, food, and how you feel emotionally. It’s all connected.
In this article, I want to talk about How to remove your weight loss mental blocks once and for all.
You are what you think
You may have heard the expression, “you are what you eat.”
While true to an extent, I like the expression, “you are what you think.”
Your thoughts are extremely powerful, whether you think negatively or positively.
Remember that sometimes even a placebo can have a more powerful effect on a person than a drug that was designed for a specific function.
Since your mind is that powerful, you can use that to your advantage when talking about weight loss.
If you’re thinking negatively about your body or the food you’re eating, you’re creating a future version of yourself that feels the same way who is overweight and unhealthy.
Alternatively, if you’re focusing in a positive way, proud of the results you’re going to get, and enjoying the process, you’re also creating a future version of yourself who is fit, active, and just feels good.
Meditation is a tool I use to help clear my mind. A clear mind is important because you won’t be thinking negative thoughts about your weight and body
Non-thought is always going to be better than a negative thought.
To meditate effectively, I like to set a timer for 15 minutes and count my breaths.
- Count 1,2,3, as you’re breathing in
- Count 1,2,3, as you’re breathing out
You could also just focus on a fan, ocean waves, or something else that doesn’t create tension in your mind.
As you start clearing your mind through meditation, you give less air time to the negative beliefs about your body, and they will eventually dissipate.
An affirmation is an action or process of stating or “affirming” something
Most assume affirmations are positive, but many people are stating negative affirmations in their mind or even out loud whether they don’t know they are doing it or it’s at some unconscious level.
Here are a few common negative affirmations that are preventing you from losing weight:
- This is hard
- I have to struggle to lose weight
- It doesn’t matter what I do, I get the same result
- I’m not good at this
- That person gets results because she starves herself or spends hours in the gym
- I gained weight because I just had a baby
With that in mind, saying positive affirmations can help start changing your weight loss beliefs from negative to positive
But Positive Affirmations only really work when you believe what you’re saying,
So if you say, I am fit and lean in my body, in most cases, you won’t believe it
Instead, go softer with statements such as :
- I like the idea of being lean and fit
- Other people have achieved the success I want, so I know it’s possible
- I like the idea of achieving my goals
- I am starting to get better at this
- I can do this
- My body knows what’s best for me, so I’m going to trust my body will metabolize the food I eat.
If you believe in the law of attraction, you’ll know what you think about is what manifests in your life.
As you start feeling better emotionally, you’ll begin to notice some subtle changes.
You might decide to eat a salad instead of a burger. Or you might just start being a lot less hungry.
Small emotional changes will in time change your beliefs…
Keep your weight loss goals to yourself
When you decide that you’re going to lose weight, it can be tempting to want to share your excitement with friends and family members.
However, those people don’t always help your success.
For example, I would tell coworkers I was eating low carb at my previous job.
Guess what happened next?
My boss got donuts and dropped my favorite (maple bar) at my desk.
Or we would have a potluck, and while everyone is enjoying food, you have to explain to them your diet.
In fact, many of them will try to make you feel guilty for eating a certain way. They may have also dieted in the past and failed.
And although their intentions may not be to see you fail, that’s usually what happens.
I have also found that telling people about your goals also puts more pressure on yourself, which can set you up for failure.
A smart way around this is by planning my cheat meal for the week on a potluck day, or a day where I know the company was getting lunch catered.
It’s going to be impossible always to keep your head in the sand. Life happens, and you should enjoy it.
Don’t make announcements about your weight loss goals to anyone but yourself.
Keep your ideas to yourself until they are fully developed
Achieve your goals first, then you can share the results with other people.
Listening to your body
The human body is the most amazing machine. It is filled with trillions of cells that are constantly trying to find balance.
Many people who struggle with weight aren’t really listening to their bodies.
They tend to overeat because they are trying to fill an emotional void, not because they are physically hungry.
Or they might crave something sweet, and it becomes difficult for them to stop because it brings them pleasure, similar to a drug.
It’s all because they want to be happy, and they think that cookie or candy will bring them happiness
And food certainly can bring enjoyment or pleasure, but only when you feel good first without the food.
If you’re craving something sweet, eat it.
But if you do decide to have it, eat it in pleasure, not guilt.
As you start feeling better emotionally, you won’t crave those foods as much.
But when you decide to eat them, it will be in joy, not anxiety.
Every person is going to be different, but I like to stick to a day or two on the weekends to enjoy sweets or junk food.
The rest of the week, I eat mostly salads, vegetables, and lean protein. Then when the weekend rolls around, I have a treat or two.
It’s all about finding balance not only with your physical body but also your mental or emotional state of being.
Commit to a plan
Once you have accomplished peace with your emotions, it is time to stick to a plan. We have several free resources on this website to help you.
Here are a few different plans you can look at to help you make an informed decision.
Remember, it is not so much about what plan you decide to pick, but about how you feel about that plan.
Decide you’re going to stick to that plan, and enjoy the process while you’re getting the results that you are after.