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Are your negative thoughts sabotaging your weight-loss efforts?
Stop sabotaging your weight-loss efforts with negative thoughts
It’s easy to sabotage your efforts at making a change when you frame your self-talk in negative terms. How can you feel encouraged when you’re telling yourself negative things like “I must lose weight because I don’t want to be teased anymore,” or “because I’m fed up with not being able to get into my clothes?”
Instead of focusing on what you don’t want, shift your focus to what you do want. Positive reasons for losing weight might be “to be respected because I manage my weight”, or “to feel more confident.”
Brain studies have shown that negative thoughts and constant worrying generate negative emotions that prevent you from effectively dealing with the issue. In addition, flooding the body with stress hormones can cause you to crave calories and store fat. On the other hand, positive thinking calms the emotions, generating a happier, more optimistic disposition and allowing you to think more clearly. Feeling happier makes it much easier to achieve your weight-loss goal.
Throughout the day, take a few moments to think about what you do want to achieve. Let that positive feeling flow throughout your body. Whatever you can visualize you can achieve!
Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.