Mental Challenge of Weight Loss
Do you think that losing weight is physical challenge? Many people think that, and then proceed to fail at their attempts at weight loss. They’ve busted their butts in the gym and they’ve tried their hardest eating right, but eventually 90% of those people go back to their normal everyday routines of little activity and comfort foods.
Losing weight is not a physical challenge
Too many times people approach weight loss as if it’s a matter of following a blueprint. They think that as long as they follow step by step the workout program and diet plan laid out in front of them, that the weight loss will come off. This might be true, but it’s easier said then done. It’s easy to follow a plan on paper, but anyone who’s tried to lose weight knows that once it’s game time, it’s not so easy after all.
Losing weight is a mental challenge
So lets dig a little deeper. Why are you trying to lose weight? Do you have a goal in mind, or are you just trying to wing it? I can tell you that if you haven’t sat down and thought about what and why you are about to undergo one of the biggest challenges in your life – you are setting yourself up to fail. Your mind is not in the right place.
• That first hint of a food craving – you’re grabbing a comfort food.
• The first time you don’t feel like working out – you stay in bed instead.
• All your friends around you are eating pizza – you’ll start dieting again tomorrow.
• That workout you have planned after work – you don’t have time to do it.
• The hunger pains are setting in – you’re all of a sudden OK with being overweight.
Do any of these sound like you? There are thousands of excuses that come out of the woodwork when you feel like you’re backed into a corner being forced to do something you don’t want to do. Your brain will throw everything it’s got at you to try and derail your plan.
Take control of your mind and body and the weight loss will follow
You’re body wants to be fat. Your body loves the bombardment of sugar and processed foods. It makes it feel good. It sends out all sorts of feel-good chemicals when you eat that bad food. These chemicals cause a food addiction to occur. It’s this addiction that makes it so hard to diet. Herein lies your biggest mental challenge – breaking your food addiction. If you can do that, and ignore all those thoughts your brain is telling you, you will succeed.
When you’re in the moment, all those reasons (excuses) for why you shouldn’t eat this or that, or why you don’t need to work out today all make perfect sense. Before you know it, you’re back to square one – beating yourself up for being overweight, and unhappy with the way you look and feel.
Know beforehand that you are going to have those thoughts. We all do. When those perfectly irrational thoughts enter your head, tell yourself that you have a goal to accomplish, and that you have control of your mind and body. Know that those thoughts are irrational. The moment you make that connection, and break through that mental challenge, the weight loss starts – but not a moment before that.
Once you take control of your mind and body, the weight loss will follow. However, if you let your mind and body control you – you will be destined for a life in which you are always reaching, but never getting.