Have you ever considered how much your mindset affects your weight? When it comes to losing weight, following a healthy diet plan or living a healthy lifestyle, knowing what to do is pretty simple.
- Eat less junk
- Eat more vegetables
- Do more exercise
- Drink less alcohol
- Etc, etc
So if the answers are there, why do we struggle with the action of ‘doing’ and maintaining a healthy diet?
Our mind is in control of our actions a great deal of the time, without us really being aware of it.
If we have a negative mindset to start with, this is going to have a snowball effect on our actions.
Take a look.
Ever wondered why your diets don’t work?
Most of us start with changing a behaviour first, such as eating less sugar, and not addressing our mentality around food.
Say you decide to pack in the sweets, biscuits and sugar in your tea.
A day later, something happens to trigger your emotions, such as someone getting on your back at work.
That sugar ban seems a lot less appealing when you’re shaking with rage and want nothing more than to dive nose first into the sweet bag someone brought back from Tenerife.
So you eat the sweets, then you feel crap about yourself. You think negative things such as “Why did you do that?! You can’t even last a day. You might as well just give up now.” Then you order a Dominos that night because Dominos is always there for you, right?!
These thoughts and subsequent behaviours then reinforce a BELIEF that you just can’t do anything right. You think you won’t ever be the size you want to be because you’ve proved it to yourself again and again, that you can’t keep anything up. You assume you won’t ever maintain a healthy balanced diet, and won’t be able to carry on with the healthy diet recipes you’ve got aplenty of.
Having negative beliefs such as this, make you think negative thoughts, which make you feel negative emotions, which ultimately drive you to carry out negative behaviours.
To maintain living a healthy lifestyle, what needs to happen is a shift in your belief system.
Once you shift your beliefs to ones of positivity, and make a commitment in your mind that you CAN achieve what you want to achieve, then this will reinforce positive thoughts and emotions, and enable you to have better habits!
A good way to start doing this is to set small goals for yourself each day. It could be as simple as choosing a healthier sandwich choice at Gregg’s rather than a sausage roll and a pasty.
Take note of how good it feels when you do this, knowing it will serve your health in the long run. This feeling will stay with you and be a reminder next time you’re faced with a decision around food.
The best thing about changing your mindset is that it’s a self fulfilling cycle. You’ll believe in yourself again, you’ll think positively, you’ll be in control of your emotions, and you’ll have greater chance at improving your eating habits. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle outweigh all of the negative thoughts about keeping the old habits.
Wouldn’t you rather a self-fulfilling lifestyle like this that gives you control over your food choices makes you feel better about yourself?
- Diets don’t work because your belief system needs to be changed first
- What you believe about yourself will drive your thoughts and food decisions
- Start today. Set small targets each day and achieve them. Don’t forget to take notice of how you feel every time.