Lose to Win: Weight Loss Begins in the Mind!
Having the right psychological tools will greatly improve your chances of successfully achieving your weight loss targets.
The world over, health professionals agree that the most practical and sustainable approach to weight loss is following a balanced diet – eating a variety of foods, all in moderation combined with exercise.
Your weight is determined by the number of calories you consume and the number of calories your body uses up as energy – It’s simple math. This math becomes more evident as you cross your 30s, as that awful bane called BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) decides to slow down suddenly.
Successful weight control depends solely upon you – not on a diet product, not on a workout program – but purely on you! You are the fuel and your thought process must form the bedrock of sensible decisions surrounding your intake habits.
Remember, you’re learning a way to live, not just a way to diet.
This isn’t the first time that losing weight is one of your New Year resolutions, is it? The key to staying on track is having the right kind of motivation. It turns out that the key to losing and keeping weight off isn’t simply a matter of what you eat or how much you exercise – it’s your attitude too. Be patient. Don’t be a perfectionist – we are all only human.
Slow and steady wins the race
Rome wasn’t built in a day – don’t expect those love handles to melt like ice-cream on a Caribbean beach; they won’t. Work hard and be consistent. Set yourself daily, weekly and fortnightly targets and review them regularly. An important message here: celebrate small victories – they do as much for mental as for physical health. That is not to say grab a huge cheesecake, but allow a few cheat nuts or a small piece of dark chocolate every time you cross a milestone. Hey, you’ve earned it!
Know yourself first and be realistic
To start with, set realistic goals for yourself. Don’t set yourself up as bait by aiming to go down 4 sizes a month. It’s not going to happen. Instead, set attainable benchmarks that show results that are bound to make you happy. You are bound to have cheat days – cheese slathered New York pizza slices were meant to be eaten since time immemorial. You can’t change that! So if you do indulge a wee bit on a particular day, don’t fret. BUT, stay focused.
Educate yourself constantly about what you are ingesting into your system. Learn to identify your own hunger patterns. Do you binge when you’re extremely upset? Do you go overboard when you see a perfectly healthy individual being able to enjoy her mac-n-cheese while you are practically living off salads? Only once you identify them, can you learn how to control pangs of hunger. Believe me, even the most toned-of-physique has her/his weak moments and learns to conquer them through mental toughness.
Only what is measured can be improved.
An effective and safe weight loss plan allows you to lose weight gradually — a good target would be to aim to lose about 1.5-2% of your body weight in a week. Gradual weight loss promotes long-term loss of body fat, not just water weight that can be quickly regained. Don’t be a complete numbers geek here. Plenty fall prey to the fallacy of not seeing stunning results on the weighing scale and letting despondency cover them like algae. The key is discipline. Numbers will follow.
Your friends and family have a massive part to play here. They must play messiah to your efforts. Nothing’s worse than watching your best friend polish off a Christmas cake and an entire bottle of the bubbly, while you chomp on celery sticks and lime water. Nothing! So, as you can see, the operative words all-through are moderation and self-control.
Lasting weight loss is a slow process and it’s all too easy to give up before you reach your goal. A host of physical tools and tackles can help you achieve your fitness goals, but having the right psychological tools will greatly improve your chances of successfully achieving your targets.
So, stop being a trout, swimming upstream all by yourself. Find support groups and other people with similar goals. Your own discipline might just surprise you!
About the Author: Mansi Padechia, is a consulting nutritionist with experience of 7 years and she runs a private practice “Mansi’s Nutrition Clinic”.
Mansi holds a PG Degree from SVT College in the field of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics specializing in diabetes and cardiac care. She is a nationally-recognized dietician as well as Certified Diabetes Educator.
She aims to create self-awareness to increase one’s knowledge of food, nutrition and exercise through her program.
Mansi’s in-depth knowledge in nutrition, metabolism, chronic diseases and nutrition deficiencies has helped her to achieve the highest success rate & customer satisfaction. Feel free to connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org