We talk about the different aspects of diet and exercise all the time, but if losing weight was that simple then there wouldn’t be a need to lose weight in Fayetteville with medical weight loss. To successfully lose weight and keep it off you need to do more than eat healthy for a few weeks—you need to permanently transition to a healthier lifestyle. In addition to simply eating healthier and being more active, you will need to change the way you think about food, hunger and physical activity. Don’t worry; this is easier to do than it sounds.
Tuning in to your Thinner Side
It is lunchtime and your co-workers are slowly starting to get up and meander as they get ready to go buy lunch. A couple of people stop by your desk and ask if you are ready to go. You aren’t hungry, but you realize it is noon and you are better off taking lunch now than waiting and taking a break when everyone else is back to work. You respond with a shrug and think, “Sure, I can eat.”
Pause and think about that statement! We are all guilty of thinking this way, whether we phrase it so succinctly or just go about our business without thinking twice about it. We aren’t hungry, but our stomachs are physically capable of holding more food, so we can eat. This is similar to thinking that you aren’t full just because you don’t feel sick from overeating.
We are lucky enough to live in a part of the world where food is available in abundance. Due to this, our natural triggers of feeling hungry, full or just fine begin to blur. We mistake the feeling of not being full for being hungry, and we mistake the feeling of being overfull as having had just enough. As you are trying to lose weight, this mindset needs to change. It is time to retune the dietary cues and learn to think thinner.
Here are a few tips to consider when shifting your mindset to a healthier lifestyle:
- Limit the damage. Everyone makes mistakes and indulges in treats now and then. When you do have a slip up, limit the damage. Instead of having a burger, French fries and desert, refrain from overdoing it and order a salad as your side instead.
- Drop the excuses. If you are feeling tired and don’t want to go to the gym, don’t rationalize the reasons why you don’t have to go today. Ask yourself if you are making excuses for not going, or if there is really something preventing you from working out. Instead of giving up your entire workout, go for a walk when you get home or do some yoga before bed. Rationalizing excuses will only take you farther from your goal. And remember this: you never regret a work out! When was the last time you went to the gym and came home wishing you didn’t do that? You will always feel better, and that feeling will carry over into the next day.
- Be confident in your ability to be healthy. Being healthy isn’t an exclusive club. You are just as entitled to think and be healthy as anyone else. Be confident in your decision and don’t think that since you haven’t reached your weight loss goals yet you are any less entitled to eat right and work out than anyone else.
Before heading out for lunch tomorrow, take a step back and think about how hungry you really are. You need to eat to stay focused and healthy, but there is no reason to overdo it just because the clock says it is lunchtime. Pack your lunch, and eat it throughout the day. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. By transitioning to this healthier way of thinking about food you can keep your weight off long after your medical weight loss program comes to an end.