Almost seven years have passed since the day I decided to start losing weight . Until then, I was a sedentary person, I didn’t have any healthy habits and I thought I would start to be more careful with my health would be too painful a process. For me, losing weight meant that I would have to suffer, starve and invest a lot of time and money.
But after losing 20 kg, I now realize that my way of thinking was the main reason for not being able to lose weight. This mindset was what limited me, every day.
It is precisely because you know the importance of mindset for weight loss , that I want to share with you everything you need to know to start your journey now.
The first step in losing weight
Shortly after I started on a diet, I realized that the strategy I initially adopted would not work. A few months later – and many failed attempts – I understood something fundamental: the way I was thinking about losing weight was limiting my action. There had to be a different way of doing what was necessary to actually start losing weight. Changing my mindset was the first step to finally seeing results!
4 Principles for losing weight
Before you begin your journey to lose weight , it is very important that you adhere to the following four principles:
# 1: Believe that it is possible
If you’re constantly thinking:
- “I already tried and I can’t do it myself”;
- “I don’t have time for this”;
- “Losing weight is only for those with a fast metabolism”;
- “I have no willpower”;
- “I’ve tried a lot of diets, but I’m still like that”;
- “I can’t resist the sweets”;
- “I’m going to have to go hungry” …
So you will continue to make choices that will not help you in your weight loss . Notice: if you think you can’t, it’s not even worth trying, right?
If you really want to start losing weight , the first step is to believe it is possible. From there, you will always look for solutions instead of problems.
I don’t mean to say that losing weight is going to be an easy task. In any change you make, you will always encounter challenges and in weight loss this also happens. To overcome these challenges you need to follow principle # 2.
# 2: Define your reason for losing weight
The day I decided I was going to lose weight was the day my mother was diagnosed with a serious illness, which made her dependent. My mother always had excess de peso , suffered from stress and all of this may have contributed to getting sick. At that moment I thought: “What if I have the same disease? No one will be able to take care of me with all this weight! ”. This was my reason for starting (and continuing) to lose weight, even when it was very difficult and I felt like giving up.
Defining a reason helps to overcome those moments when you will feel like giving up. This motive must be self-focused and strong enough for you to adopt long-term habits . Remember: this is a transformation forever!
# 3: Commit to your transformation
This point may seem the most difficult because it is not something tangible. So, I now share some questions that will help you understand if you are really committed to your weight loss:
- Are you willing to do whatever it takes to lose weight?
- Are you willing to put what you have learned into practice?
- Are you willing to overcome difficult times and continue?
Being interested in losing weight is completely different from being committed /> . When we are interested in losing weight we do diet . But, there comes a time when it becomes very difficult and we give up. On the contrary, when we are committed we always find a way to continue.
# 4: Think long-term
When I started doing exercise , I did a lot of research on the best type of exercise to lose weight . I decided to start running and got to run 10 km. But there was a problem, I hated running and I couldn’t imagine doing that for the rest of my life. Instead of giving up, I asked myself, “How can I include exercise in my routine and enjoy doing it?” I tried several things until I realized that I liked to exercise at home. Today, four years later, I continue to do so!
Once you believe it is possible, find your reason and be committed to change, it is time to define a transformation plan . For weight loss sustainable , you must think long-term and adopt habits that you know you will be able to fulfill for the the rest of your life.
Most people believe dieting is the way to lose weight, but I hope that with this article, you have understood the power of have mindset Right . When you add some healthy habits, patience, resilience and consistency, you will certainly reach the weight you always wanted.
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