You have the right weight loss recipes and you have the perfect exercise program to make you lose weight. Are you still missing an ingredient to make your fight against weight loss a success? If you know what you need to do to lose weight but still aren’t doing it, the only ingredient you lack is the motivation to complete what you had started. Yes, weight loss is also about staying motivated. Here are some tips to help you to retain your enthusiasm through out so that you can get back to shape within the targeted time.
Set A Realistic Short Term Goal
To keep your mind focused and to ensure you are on track set a short-term goal. Make sure that it is not the ‘reach for the sky’ type of goal. It has to be realistic and achievable by following healthy ways to weight loss. Having a far-fetched goal, gripping you at your throat, stretching, and pulling your muscles beyond the point of your endurance level will only make you come out of it sooner than you imagine. Never mind if it seems to take longer but remember, with possible goals set, you will very much be on road to successful weight loss.
Seek Professional Help
Instead of trying to do things on your own based on hearsay, it would be best to seek professional help. You can get yourself enrolled in some weight loss program so that you will be guided through it step by step. Since you pay your fees for the class, you will have no inclination to back out even if you go low on your motivation level.
Make Your Weight Loss Goals Public
If you want to succeed in your efforts at weight loss, you had better make your weight loss goal public. Tell your family and friends that you have decided to lose weight and share the details with them. Since you let it be known, you become committed to achieving your goal, as you would not want to look a failure in others’ eyes. Moreover, your family would be too willing to help you achieve your goal and if you ever try to reach for a second helping, you may find a hand to stop you from reaching it.
Look At The Slimmer Version Of You
Paste one of your photos in which you were slim on the wall of your bedroom or by the side of your mirror or may be in the kitchen or on the fridge door. Anything that makes you spend more time or anything that tempts you to go off track would be the right place to have your slimmer version pasted. The more you look at it, the more determined you would be to get back the shape.
Keep Viewing The Outfit You Have Outgrown
Never put away the dresses you have outgrown. Select one of those dresses, which is very pretty and the one you loved most and hang it on a place where you will often see it. You can hang it in the room in which you exercise or by the side of your mirror so that you will be seeing it every time you change your dress. It would work at the psychological level. You were this size earlier and why can’t you get back to the size now?
Thank Yourself For All Your Efforts
Thanking yourself for the efforts you take to lose weight will work at your subconscious level. You will feel more energetic, more determined and more positive. Your positive attitude will help you stay motivated for weight loss.
Losing weight involves conscious efforts both at the physical and psychological level. Never hesitate to pat you on your back or give yourself some presents when you reach a target. Keep encouraging yourself; avoid all negative thoughts and those who can have negative influence on you. Reaching your weight loss goal depends on how you weigh your needs. Since health is your topmost concern, there can never be a better motivation to lose weight.
If you had been thinking that mind control works to influence you in your studies, achieve success in life, improve relationship and get out of addictions, you need to rethink. Mind control has a wonderful role to play in all aspects of your life right from your studies to how you age. Did I mention weight loss? Yes, you can lose weight by mind control techniques. Here you go.
Using Your Mind Control To Lose Weight
The powers of the mind are limitless. You would have noticed that an achiever, in any area of life, be it sports or politics, has a wonderful mind control. While everyone has the mind power, it is only those who use it achieve success. Using mind control techniques can make your life, your atmosphere, your relationship, your financial status and of course, your health better. It may seem simple and it is simple, if you start practicing it. It may seem so simple that you would wonder if it would work. Well, doubt not, it works for everyone.
1) Don’t Hope, Believe That You Have Achieved
It is all good to hope but to make things happen, you need to believe. Not just believe that it would happen; you need to believe that it has happened. Well, you are looking to lose weight. Believe that you have lost weight and achieved your weight loss goal. It may initially seem a tough task considering the fact that your mirror keeps reminding you. For once, ignore the saying ‘Seeing is believing’; reverse it to say ‘Believing is seeing’. Yes, you believe that you are slim and healthy and you will see the results in your mirror.
2) Visualize Yourself In Your Dream Size
How will you look like once you have shed the excess fat? Visualize yourself in a dress that is a few sizes lesser than what you wear now and imagine yourself to be comfortable wearing it. In short, visualize yourself as wearing apparel that highlights your slim waistline. Not a vague visualization if you want to achieve success. Sit in a relaxed position, close your eyes and watch yourself in the slim-sized dress. Start imagining yourself to be walking to your wardrobe, picking up the dress, wearing it comfortably, and going out of the room as your spouse gives you an admiring look. Let the imagination be detailed including the color, design and the size of the dress. Practice this technique at least twice a day, once in the morning immediately after you wake up and once at night, before you go to sleep.
3) Use Afformations
Your subconscious mind can do wonders for you if you know how to tap the resources within. When people talk about being positive, their suggestions sound vague, though the intentions are good. If someone tells you to stand in front of the mirror and repeat that you are slim, so that your mind will make it happen, do you think it would? Definitely not, because as you keep telling you are slim, your mirror reflects the reality and hence your mind does not believe in what you say. Even, you yourself will not be able to say it with conviction. Hence, to make things happen, use afformations. In afformations, there is no need for you to make your mind to believe in your statement. All you need to do is to trigger it to find an answer to a question you pose. For example, you may ask, “Why I look slim and healthy?” Your subconscious mind starts looking for an answer to your question. Once you set your subconscious mind going this way, you will soon find your efforts matching its answers and the outcome is you minus excess fat.
There is no shortcut to success. To achieve your weight loss goal, you need to practice whatever you do with conviction. Just as you exercise your body to shed extra fat, exercise your mind to produce results. Once you use mind control to lose weight, you are sure to find the results amazing that you will start exercising mind control for every need in your life.
Practice Mindful Eating
Why would you want to eat without distraction? After all, is this not the only time you have, to settle down relaxedly to watch your favorite show or read the latest bestseller of a famous author? May be, this is when you chat with your friends who were as busy as you were through out the day. It is obvious that you are making up for the time you could not spend on certain things you love during your day. So, what is wrong? Nothing, indeed, if you don’t want to consider your health and of course, the extra kilos that crept in while your attention was elsewhere while you ate. Is the scale now tipping in favor of mindful eating?
How To Practice Mindful Eating To Lose Weight?
Turn off the television. Put away your magazines, newspapers or office files whatever that demands your attention. Go back to the world before internet while you eat. No TV, no newspapers, no internet; fine, is this what all you have to do to eat with focus? Well, it is just a beginning. You also need to do something more to eat without distraction.
Mindful eating involves not just noticing the food you eat, but also its color, smell, texture and flavor. How do you do it?
Pay Attention To What You Eat: For those of you, who have a higher level of awareness compared to those with television-glued eyes, this may seem a silly suggestion. You only need to ask those who are 100% out of their table while on their table to understand the importance of the suggestion. Once you settle down to eat, take time to observe what is laid in front of you on the table. Be it a meal or a snack time, practice observing what you are about to eat.
Recall Their Benefits: Even if it involves raking your brain a little too much, go ahead and try to recall the benefits of the particular food. The practice works in your subconscious mind and you will feeling the health benefits both in the physical and mental level.
‘Feel’ The Taste: As you eat, pay attention to how your food tastes. Analyze in silence as to how it feels in your tongue. If you had not cooked it, try to find out what the ingredients might be. Consider every minute detail regarding taste that is related to the food on the plate. There is a hidden benefit to it. You may even become a better cook.
Test The Texture: Analyze the texture of your food. It could be smooth, crunchy, hard or creamy. Feel it and you will find that you enjoy the food even better.
Try The Other Hand: Use the hand that is not trained in eating. You may find it difficult initially to hold your spoon and it might be difficult to get it closer to your mouth. You will have achieved two targets with practice. Your focus on eating would have improved greatly and you would have become comfortable using other hand too to eat. Don’t worry, it is anyway only one mouth and hence you will not overeat.
Count Your Chews, And Chew More: Counting your chews can take your mind off from possible distractions. Moreover, when you chew your food for longer time, your digestive system works well and you eat lesser.
Allow Silence To Dominate: Let silence give you company even if you are eating with your family. When you eat your food in silence, the distractions are minimal. You avoid topics that may not be the right ones to be discussed while eating. You will be able to try the techniques mentioned above if you eat in silence.
The tips may appear simple but they are not until you practice. Once you start practicing mindful eating, you will acknowledge that it is one of the best weight loss techniques.
Maintaining of Good Body Posture
Slouching on your chair feels so comfortable when you are doing some brainwork. You may not feel so comfortable if you were to learn the ill effects of maintaining a bad posture. Improper postures can result in neck pain, back pain, joint tightness and worse still, you will look much older than your age. Maintaining good posture, on the other hand, makes you feel confident, comfortable and of course has many health benefits. Bad posture causes yet another important health condition that could lead to more health problems. You guessed it right if you had guessed it to be obesity. Keen to know more about it? Here we go. Just straighten up before you proceed with the reading.
Better Digestion For Weight Loss
Maintaining good posture improves your digestion. Needless to say that digestive disorders can cause various health conditions. The internal organs in the abdominal region are not unduly compressed when you assume a good posture. Bad postures can affect the performance of gastrointestinal apparatus. Some of the problems associated with digestive problems include weight gain, fatigue, anemia, irritable bowel syndrome and more. Hence, if you are keen to enjoy the results of your weight loss program, you need to ensure that you have a good digestion. Needless to say that you have to improve your posture.
Better Breathing To Lose Weight
Good posture improves your lung capacity. It provides space for the rib cage and diaphragm to expand. When you slouch, diaphragm does not have the space to expand and hence you have shallower breaths. While standing or in a seated position, you need to have a good posture to facilitate proper breathing. Deep breathing enhances oxidation, which increase the capacity to burn fat. When you breathe better, your abdomen is thoroughly massaged and midsection fat starts disappearing. To improve your breathing you need to maintain a good posture. With good posture and practice of breathing techniques, you can lose weight.
Have you ever noticed your tummy protruding forward as you slouch? You not only look heavier if you are seated this way but you would begin to gain tummy fat because of your bad posture. Sitting for longer hours with your spine curved results in accumulation of fat in the lower regions of your abdomen. When you assume a perfect posture, your stomach is pulled in and your shoulders expand. You would look slimmer and perfect.
Keep A Watch To Improve Your Posture
To correct your posture, you need to know what a good posture is. Start with your standing posture and proceed to see how you walk, sit, carry weight, pick up objects from floor and sleep. Once you become aware of your postures and know how to correct your postures, you are half-way through. Exercising regularly will help to improve your posture.
Be Aware, Be Graceful And Be Healthy
Maintaining a good posture is not a difficult task. You only need to be aware of the health benefits that go with being in a good posture and be conscious about the way you sit, stand, walk and practically do anything and everything you do. With good posture, you look graceful and you will find your confidence level boosting. The best reasons to have a good posture are that you will be healthier and look younger than your age.
Be Stress Free
If you have been thinking that stress upsets only your emotional make-up, think again. Being stressed can cause you to add weight, probably making you more anxious. Stressed state of mind is one of the many factors that induce obesity. Let us see why and how you can reduce weight caused by stress.
Stress And Its Types
Physical and mental response to a tough situation is stress. Stress can be long term or short term and it can be positive stress or negative stress. Positive stress enhances the level of your performance while you face a tough situation. Negative stress, can cause just the opposite impact by affecting your health and performance. When you feel stressed while reaching for the winning lap in a race, it can be a positive stress that motivates you to come up first.
Chronic eustress and acute eustress fall in the category of positive stress. Chronic distress and acute distress are categorized as negative stress. Chronic eustress, the good stress, motivates you and it lasts longer. Acute eustress, on the contrary, is sudden and short. You are out of this type of stress immediately after the winning moment.
Bad Stress And Health
Chronic distress, the bad stress affects your health so badly that you are susceptible to various health conditions including weight gain, migraine, diabetes, digestive problems, insomnia and heart diseases. As you are well aware, bad stress can affect you psychologically. It can make you lose focus, anxious and sad. When you are hit by bad stress, you tend to overeat and this is precisely when you start adding to your weight and stress.
How Stress Results In Weight Gain
Cortisol and adrenaline, the stress hormones are released when you are stressed. These hormones cause your cravings for carbs as well as fatty foods to increase. Your blood sugar level increases as well. Stress influences your hormones to store fat and your ability to burn fat is reduced. Various studies have proved that people gain weight when they are stressed.
Techniques To Avoid Stress Eating
Since stress can work all the way down to increase a few inches in your waistline, it is essential that you stay stress free to avoid getting obese. Here are some simple and effective tips to help you avoid stress eating.
1) Address Cravings The Right Way: Well, you are stressed and the stress hormones play their part. Now, you crave for sugary foods. Play along, but be wise with your choice. Do not reach for foods that contain artificial sweeteners. Instead, consume foods that contain protein and magnesium. Fruits rich in vitamin C can be the right answer as vitamin C strengthens your immunity when you are stressed.
2) Study The Signals: Don’t make a quick move before you study the signals clearly. Consider if you are indeed hungry or if it is stress-induced hunger. Taking some moments off to study your body’s language will help you identify the signs. If it is cortisol behind your hunger, you don’t need food to treat it.
3) Away From The Stressful Atmosphere: If you can help it, get away from the atmosphere that causes stress and thereby tricks you to eat more. You may go for a quiet walk or you may get involved in your favorite hobby to relieve you off stress. If you are at work and hence cannot as much move from your chair, remember that there can be no barriers for a mind travel. Visualize yourself in a pleasant atmosphere that is calm and soothing.
4) Breathing Techniques: Deep breathing techniques help to lower your stress. They calm your mind instantly. Sit comfortably with closed eyes. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Watch your breath as you do so. Regular practice of breathing exercises not only soothes your mind but also improves your immunity and makes you healthier.
Food might be a tempting option when you are stressed. Weigh the consequences of stress eating before you succumb to your cravings. The techniques mentioned above will help you overcome stressful situations. Regular exercise and breathing techniques will help to keep you stress free. It is in your mind to control your weight.