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Aid Weight Loss By Staying Positive

By Paul Rothbart

The power of positive thinking is certainly not a new concept. There is a large body of research that shows that it does work. Career, relationships, and hobbies can be better and more successful with the right attitude. But can it work for weight loss? Dropping pounds can be a daunting task involving careful dieting and consistent exercise. Can a positive attitude really have an impact? Yes, it can. Here are some things you can try when attempting to lose weight.

Don't Use Negative Words

Using negative words such as "I can't," "I'll never," or "this is impossible" is very detrimental to any endeavor. That certainly includes losing weight. They create negative emotions that harm your self-esteem. Feelings of guilt may ensue and all enthusiasm lost. Under these circumstances, it is far too easy to give up and miss the small positive outcomes that occur throughout the process. Keep the negatives out of your speech.

Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations can be very powerful. Remind yourself that you need to be patient and losing weight takes time and dedication. Speak them out loud. They have a stronger effect that way. You may even want to find some positive quotes that you like, write them down, and hang them up where you can see them. The walls of your workout space are a great place for this. Recognize progress no matter how small. 

Beware the Snowball Effect

Setbacks are going to happen sometimes. How you handle them is crucial. One bad day can snowball into a bad week or even month if you allow it to drag you down. Every day is a new opportunity for success. Take small steps forward. Extend your exercise period a bit or try a new healthy recipe. Keep the past in the past and always move forward. 

Spend Time With Positive People

Receiving negative feedback can easily suck you into those thoughts. Avoid negative people and instead surround yourself with positive people who will support you and point out your successes. It can be difficult to do things alone, so tap into that network of family and friends who love you and believe in you. It is also nice to have people to celebrate your successes with. You can do the same for them. 

Achieving goals is challenging and can be very rewarding. Getting down to a healthier weight is one of the most beneficial ways to improve health and quality of life. It can be difficult, so you want every advantage you can get. Keeping a positive attitude gives you a step up right from the start. Keep these tips in mind and reach those weight-loss goals.

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

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