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Help Your Weight Loss With Positive Self-Talk

By Rachel Carver

Setting healthy nutrition, movement, and self-care habits is the key to successful weight loss. However, avoiding negative thoughts about yourself, your progress, and your mistakes can also make a difference in your results.

Research shows that positive self-talk can help people more easily get back on track after healthy habits lapse, as well as maintain weight loss. A positive mindset can make it easier to deal with the emotional roller coaster of a weight loss journey.

Negative thoughts are part of all aspects of life, but being able to turn these thoughts around to get out of your head can help you reach your weight loss goal. Here are some different positions to take on negative thoughts to put you on a path toward better health and weight loss.

I Must Do Something to Get Something

It is normal to reward yourself with new clothes or a spa day after working hard and accomplishing a goal. However, using food as a reward could backfire. Telling yourself the ice cream or chips are off-limits until you finish a workout could make you start resenting your entire exercise routine. You want to choose workouts you enjoy and can keep doing consistently. Remember regular exercise is good for overall health and weight loss. You do not have to be perfect all of the time.

Nighttime Eating Will Make Me Gain Weight

Consuming most of your calories during the day can be beneficial because the evening is usually when we tend to eat too much. However, the most important part of weight loss is to maintain a caloric deficit. Food fuels your body. If you feel hungry in the evening while watching TV, find the reason for your hunger. If it is not boredom or stress, than your body most likely needs some nourishment.

The Scale Is Not Budging, so I should Quit

You should measure more than just your scale number to check your progress. Many people give up before results can be noticed. Measure your improved self-confidence, how your clothes fit, and increased strength.

I Can't Socialize if I Want to Lose Weight

Spending time with friends usually includes food and beverages. This can be stressful. Get creative in the activities you enjoy with family and friends. Find a new park to explore or take up a new hobby such as ice skating. Staying active does not always have to mean spending time at the gym or signing up for a CrossFit class.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Denton, Tex.

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