Losing weight is the number one health and fitness goal for many people.
However, it is not without its setbacks and pitfalls. When you experience an obstacle on your weight loss journey, it is very easy to fall into a negative mindset.
The good news is that there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you maintain a positive attitude as you go through your weight loss journey. This article will help you do exactly that and list 5 simple tricks for staying positive while losing weight.
1 – Find Exercises You Enjoy
Training can be tough, especially if you are currently physically unfit. This can make it seem like all forms of exercise are impossible to enjoy and lead to you having a negative outlook towards exercise. However, once you find some exercises that you find fun, working out will no longer feel like a chore.
One of the ways to make your training fun is to take part in a class or group training session that you find enjoyable. And as it happens we have LOADS of them for you to choose from. Ranging from Power & Strength classes to Zumba & Barre
Give some of these a try and stick with the ones that are most enjoyable. By doing this, you will find it easy to stick to your workout routine and maintain a positive mindset while losing weight.
2 – Get Creative In The Kitchen
Food is something that many people struggle with when trying to lose weight. They think about all the delicious foods they will have to give up in order to lose weight and then start to incorrectly believe that all that’s left is tasteless, unappetising healthy foods. However, the truth is that with a little creativity, healthy foods can be tasty and delicious.
To start finding healthy and nutritious recipes that taste great, simply do a quick search online. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to this very subject and you’ll be able to find some low calorie, nutrient packed alternatives to your favourite meals in just a few minutes.
3 – Question Your Thoughts
Your thoughts can be positive or negative, organised or out of control. When your thoughts start to become out of control and negative, you become bombarded with cruel notions that will hamper your weight loss progress.
Therefore, it is necessary to take time out to collect your thoughts and steer any negative thoughts in a positive direction. For example, if you find yourself thinking ‘this isn’t working’, question this belief and see if it is really true. It is likely that there are plenty of examples you can find where you have made positive steps on your weight loss journey.
By doing this, you not only prove that the negative belief simply isn’t true but you also have a positive and truthful belief you can replace it with. Over time, this ensures that you do not sabotage your weight loss goals with persisting negative thinking and also builds your positivity levels towards losing weight.
4 – Reward Yourself
One of the best but most underutilised ways for staying positive on your weight loss journey is by rewarding yourself. By doing this, you not only get the positive reinforcement that comes with actually losing weight but you also get a more tangible bonus which further builds your positivity.
Weight loss rewards can be anything you choose, provided that they don’t sabotage the weight loss progress you have already made. Some good examples of weight loss rewards include buying yourself a new outfit, treating yourself to a short break or enjoying a relaxing night out to the cinema.
The BIGGEST mistake that is made when people reward themselves is thinking that chocolate, ice-cream and pizzas etc are rewards for ‘suffering’ this restriction. Food is not a reward for ANYTHING and the longer you see your journey of weight loss as and kind of suffering or restriction that harder you are going to find it.
5 – Keep A Weight Loss Success Journal
Having a journal where you can write down your positive achievements on your weight loss journey is a great motivational tool. To start benefiting from this practice, simply write down 1 weight loss success that you’ve experienced in a journal every single day.
Over time, this journal will build into a substantial record of your weight loss successes and will provide instant motivation every time you read it. It will also provide you with the positivity boost when you experience setbacks on your weight loss journey and feel like quitting.
As you can see, staying positive as you lose weight is very possible. Practice these simple tricks consistently and watch as your attitude towards weight loss improves with each passing day.