Some Help Losing Weight from your Brain
Do you need help losing weight? Sometimes it’s hard to lose weight if your head isn’t in the game. Losing weight is like a full time job that requires some serious mental and physical labor. These tips from Psychology Today will help you mentally overcome weight loss blunders and help you reach your goals. These tips can also help you be more productive in other areas of your life too!
If you need help losing weight, you’re going to have to look at willpower a little differently. Willpower can actually fatigue over time. The keys to mentally resisting those junk food cravings are distraction, avoidance and acceptance.
For help losing weight, distract yourself from temptation. Usually you would try to resist that scrumptious creme-filled pastry, but the longer you try to resist it, the more likely you are to give in to its creme-filled goodness; so instead of trying to resist it, try distracting yourself.
The most effective way to distract yourself from one pleasure is with another pleasure
If your weight is constantly on your mind, try to avoid thinking about it. Instead read a book, watch a movie or listen to music. If those options aren’t available, think about them instead or turn your focus to a recent problem that you’ve been trying to solve. If you’re going to take that route, make sure whatever problem you’re trying to solve is emotionally arousing. Turning to something intellectually stimulating is often not enough—especially when you’ve got food on the brain. You need to find something to distract you that makes you feel good—like an upcoming date or vacation.
Plan out your distractions
If you’re constantly trying to decide what to do to avoid temptation, you’ll probably just end up giving into it. The key is having your response ready. Make it a rule to have alternative distractions ready, not just an on-the-spot decision. Make them something that doesn’t require conscious thought because then that way, you’ll have a plan for any scenario.
Use willpower to create habits
Research shows that we’re more likely to stick to something if we make it a habit so plan out your meals during the week and stick to them. It will make your morning routine much easier if you already know what you’re going to have for breakfast. Also, bring your lunch to work too. This way, you'll already know what you're going to have for lunch and you won't have to stress about it.
Distraction is the bridge to avoidance. If you want to stop eating badly, avoid bad foods. Clean out your kitchen and only buy healthy foods from this moment forward. Minimize the likelihood that temptation will cross your path—avoid fattening restaurants, coffee shops, walking by the vending machine at work, and anything else you can do to make your day temptation free. It may sound silly or feel silly at first, but it does really work. Out of sight, out of mind.
Accepting something and being willing to experience it without attempting to control it, has actually been proven to decrease the uncomfortable feeling—in this case, food cravings. Falling off the weight loss wagon is inevitable—everyone has done it at least once. Accept that it may happen, experience it, DO NOT indulge any more than you already have and move on. Commit to eating right the next day and congratulate yourself for doing so. If you accept food cravings, it will help you reduce them.
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