Essentially, holistic means “whole” and when it comes to successful weight loss a lifestyle change is required, so going holistic will help achieve that. Holistic weight loss means not just eating less and exercising but also looking and “treating” all other factors that influence your diet and health.
1. Positive Mantras
One of the best holistic ways to lose weight is to reinforce your goals by repeating positive messages and mantras to yourself on a daily basis. When you are on a diet it can be oh so tempting to revert back to your old ways and give in to the cravings for unhealthy food, but if you commit to telling yourself “I can control my eating”, “I am becoming healthier” and “food will not control my life”, you will eventually get yourself in the habit of believing yourself and your diet will become much easier.
Though you might not necessarily associate meditation with weight loss, the two can be interconnected. The process of meditation leads to a calmer, more focused and clearer mind, which in turn can help you to be more motivated and determined not to break with your dieting rules and therefore have great success on your weight loss challenge.
Sometimes the simple phrase of mind of matter just does not work for people who have a real problem with food and overeating. In certain cases, people might need a little professional help in order to make their minds align with their goal for weight loss. This can be achieved through CBT, or cognitive behavior therapy. CBT is all about learning how to alter your behavior on a psychological level, encouraging people to replace long established patterns, like eating habits, with patterns that are going to have a much more positive effect on their lives.
Even when you think you are being good, you would be surprised at just how many little extras you can go through in a single day while on a diet. In order to keep track of this and eventually try to curb it, a great idea is to keep a food journal in which you right down every single thing you eat and drink during the day. All of a sudden you might be realizing that two biscuits during coffee break at work could easily be reduced to one, and then eventually to none to really become committed to the cause!
We all love to daydream, so utilize this love of visualization by continuously picturing what you think you are going to look like when you have dropped the weight. This type of visualization can be really helpful at those times when your will power is low and you are thinking about indulging in some junk food. Keep your eyes on the prize!
Finding the joy of physical exercise is one of the cornerstones to succeeding with holistic treatments. If you don’t do anything to help yourself, then weight loss is going to be very tough. Find a form of exercise that doesn’t feel like an absolute chore to you and keep going.
7. Personal Connection
Finally, it is important to remember that we are all unique individuals, so what works for your friend may not necessarily work for you. Successful weight loss routines are all about finding what you enjoy and what feels right for you personally, so do not be disheartened when something doesn’t work out; just start from the beginning and try a different angle.
Going holistic with weight loss sounds fancy but really it’s just common sense about accepting the need for and engendering a lifestyle change. How do you succeed with weight loss? What’s the big factor for you?