One of the biggest reasons why people fail when it comes to their weight loss plan isn’t because of a simple inability to control what they’re eating — and it isn’t the particular diet plan they are on either. What affects people most is their mental game. You have to be mentally ready to succeed at your weight loss plan, or you will ultimately end up getting distracted from your goals. Whether it’s cheating on your diet, forgetting to exercise, or just accidentally eating too big of portions, there are 6 important mental tricks to remember that can keep your head in the game, and keep the pounds coming off.
1. Turn off the T.V.
Don’t eat in front of the television! Multiple studies have shown that people eat more and are more easily distracted when they eat in front of the T.V. It’s very easy to sit down and finish your meal too quickly, leaving your body thinking it is still hungry. In addition, some people forget that they ate altogether, particularly if their television viewing area is near or attached to the kitchen. Yep, before you know it, you’re eating twice – for no reason at all.
2. Restrict places to eat
One of the best ways to stick to your diet plan is to set boundaries for yourself that you strictly adhere to. Once you decide to only eat at the dinner table or kitchen counter, and nowhere else, you automatically reset your mind to stop thinking that food is an option anywhere else.
3. Set milestones, and reward yourself
Who doesn’t like to win a prize? Give yourself one by setting small milestones that offer you a little reward for achieving them. For instance, if there is a new app your want for your phone, if you want to see a new movie that’s coming out, or if you are seriously checking out that new pair of jeans or shoes, you can hold off on buying them and turn them into weight loss rewards instead. Every time there is a goal/reward system in place, people tend to do better at losing weight.
4. Avoid sugary foods for snacks
How does this affect your mental weight loss game? Sugar actually affects how you think. When you eat sugary snacks like cakes and candies, what scientists have discovered is that the brain actually reacts to the substance in the same manner that it does when the brain is stimulated by alcohol and some drugs. Sugar causes natural Dopamine spikes (the “reward” chemical that we release, that makes us feel good), and it can totally ruin your mental game by increasing cravings and put your mind in a position to give in to binge eating.
5. Skip the free food
Stick to the mentality that free food is bad, and you will never put an extra, unintended morsel of food in your mouth ever again. All those free samples (even if it’s just a bite) add up and can sabotage your weight loss progress. Whether it’s bagels in the office kitchen, or free samples at the local grocery store—just say no. You will thank yourself later for creating a new healthy habit.
6. Try Hypnosis
You don’t have to hire a real hypnotist to have this work for you… they have apps for that now! Apple has a weight loss hypnosis app on iTunes that really seems to help a lot of people get in the right mental state every day, and they have them for Android phones, too. It always helps to get in the right state of mind when you are working toward your weight loss goals, and it can increase your odds of success exponentially.
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