You may need to change your attitude before you change your diet

So you want to lose weight … but you’re not in the mood to exercise and you don’t have the time to prepare healthy meals. You start off with good intentions. You set your goal:

 I want to eat healthy and exercise to help me lose 10kg 

The first 5 days are filled with healthy choices, but then you devour a pizza and it’s all over. You tell yourself, if you can’t even last the whole week why bother?
I strongly believe that your thoughts affect your actions. Of course they do. So what can you do about it? 

 
Change your thoughts to positive ones.

  • You could accept that you are not in the mood for exercise. Or you could tell yourself that you will exercise because you know that it will put you in a better mood.
  • You could accept that you don’t have time to prepare healthy meals and throw the chips in the oven. Or you could tell yourself that steaming frozen vegetables takes the same amount of time.


Change your goals to include more immediate outcomes. 


Us humans are not very good at sticking to actions that only benefit us long term. We are motivated by what is in it for us now. 

  • If you are eating healthy just so you can lose weight, your motivation may quickly fade away. Instead, make your goal eating healthy to nourish your body or to improve your health. This may make it easier to stick at, which in the long term will help with weight loss. Just don’t make weight loss your only focus.

Finally, don’t forget to acknowledge your achievements. Having one unhealthy meal doesn’t mean that you have failed. It doesn’t mean that you should give up. If you were eating healthy for 5 days, that’s around 15 meals! Remind yourself that every healthy choice counts. 

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