If you come to think of it keenly, the weight loss battle is mostly fought and won or lost in the mind. I am sure you have had these questions cross your thoughts: should I consume the entire buttered corn muffin or would it have been a smarter idea to have margarine, or better yet, jelly? Actually, why am I eating the muffin in the first place? Isn’t it so full of calories and saturated fats? Why am I such a pig? Why do I always find myself with absolutely no willpower?
With such negativity and self-defeating mind-talk, it’s no wonder you’re going to find yourself eating all your buttered muffin and even topping it with some slather jelly. In your mind, you convince yourself that you’re trying to quiet the negative reasoning.
If you’re having this moment, then what you actually need isn’t just a diet plan but also a way to replace all this negativity with a more adaptive, positive approach, both in your mindset and in deeds. And, like any other thing worth doing, you’ll need some bit of practice.
The first step involves your becoming aware that you’re engaging in negative self-talk whenever it happens. Then, you also need to determine what about such thoughts is faulty and how to replace all of that with a self-defense mind response or coping self-statements.
For instance, in our buttered corn muffin example above, rather than believing it when your mind mislabels you as a pig, respond by appropriately labelling yourself as human and pigs as animals. Tell your mind that being imperfect — which is humanly normal — doesn’t make you a pig but an imperfect human being!
Let’s face it: you can’t change your own diet habits unless you change your distorted negativity-leaning thoughts about food! It’s as simple as that. You have to replace that self-critical mindset with productive thinking. But just like you would expect of any ingrained routine, you’ll have to work really hard, be consistent and remain patient if you have to taste positive fruits.
Below we discuss some of the main mindset distortions you need to work on:
These are mostly about the values of others rather than the ones we’ve chosen ourselves to adhere to. As a dieter, such assertions reflect your attempt at keeping yourself motivated yet with no conviction that that is exactly what you should be doing. Instead, why not take a personal initiative to find out what really adds value to your particular situation. For instance, tell yourself: I’m going to be eating up to two Hershey kisses per day and I’ll thoroughly enjoy them.
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