It is true that weight loss is as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical one. If you cannot change your mentality regarding food, exercise, and lifestyle change, then it would be incredibly hard for you to experience long term weight loss and health. In my years of dysfunctional and healthy attempts at weight loss, I have noticed some mindsets that can make losing weight harder.
1. Always Wishing
If you are always wishing to lose weight, to be thinner, or to be fitter, then you most likely won’t make any progress. You can’t keep wishing; you also have to do something about your situation. You have to eat better and exercise regularly. Wishes don’t come true by themselves. It is up to you to fulfill them.
2. Negative Thinking
A friend once told me, “You create what you think”. If you always have negative thoughts regarding your weight loss, then you will definitely have a hard time sticking to your weight loss plan. You can’t wake up each day fearing your food choices, your workout, and even giving up your vices. I think you would end up getting tired from the negative thinking and eventually giving up on your attempt to lose weight. You have to wake up with hope and optimism despite the setbacks and the hard choices you have to make.
3. Wanted: Fast Results
Losing weight and becoming healthier isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes time and effort, as well as an unshakeable will to continue despite many disappointments. And you need that unshakeable will if you always want fast results because for sure, you will end up disappointed most of the time. If you keep your expectations and goals realistic, you are more likely to achieve them than if you expect superhuman objectives from yourself.