So many people look at the weight loss process as a series of “do not’s.” Do not eat this, do not eat that. Do not stay up too late, do not skip a workout. It is true that when you embark on a medical weight loss program you are going to bring in many changes to your life, but looking at all those changes as a series of limitations and rules that can’t be broken will only lead to stress and frustration.
There is a much better way to approach losing weight.
Medical weight loss programs are tailored towards providing you with the skills necessary to make positive changes in your life. Rather than thinking about these changes as a series of rules, why not take a more positive approach to understanding what is going on around you?
Being Positive About Change
During your medical weight loss program you’ll be encouraged to make changes to your diet, as well as to your lifestyle—specifically in regards to your sleeping and exercise habits. The goal of these changes is to help you develop healthy habits that will stay with you for years to come, helping you to reach a healthy weight and stay there long term. Rather than thinking about what you may feel like you are losing by taking on these changes, think of what bringing in these positive changes means to you.
For example, making healthy changes in your life can lead to positive consequences like:
- Improved mood
- Heightened energy levels
- Improved ability to sleep
- Clearer skin
- Reduced health concerns
Staying positive about the changes you are making in your life can do a lot for your level of motivation, meaning that a simple change in attitude can mean the difference between thriving past your weight loss goals and struggling to make it through week two.
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Here are a few tips on how you can be more positive during medical weight loss:
- Don’t think of foods as “off limits,” but instead think about foods that you want to get more of. There are certain foods that are vessels of nutrition, and others that are harmful to the body. Supply your body with love.
- Start out with smaller portions and give yourself a chance to see if you are full yet before moving on for another plate. When you load your plate up at mealtime you aren’t considering how much food your body really needs. Think less is more—if you are still hungry afterwards, then approach the issue then.
- There is no rush in weight loss. Set up a weight loss schedule with your medical weight loss doctor that fits your timeframe.
- Find an exercise that you enjoy and move for yourself. Exercise can be a cathartic release that will help release tension and alleviate stress. Don’t do an exercise just because it is what you’ve always done. Find a workout you enjoy and really look forward to your time of the day to be as active as possible.
Medical weight loss can be a challenge, but you don’t need to make it any harder on yourself by focusing on the negatives. Stay as positive as possible and think about what you can do for yourself by improving your health. Making a quick mental switch like this can have a huge impact on your motivation to succeed and reach your ultimate weight loss goal.