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Is positive thinking really good for your health?
Everyone has heard the expression “you are what you eat”.
But because out thoughts guide so many of our actions and decisions, it could also safely be said that we are what we think.
Studies have shown that those who believe that they can lose weight and get in better shape are much more likely to actually eat the vegetables, cut out the soda and junk food, and actually step on the treadmill.
From here, as one does the work and sees the results, a cycle can develop which makes us more and more motivated to get in even better shape.
A number of studies have shown that people with optimistic attitudes in general are more likely to solve their problems rather than avoid them. Successes stemming from this optimism can really turn a person around and make them feel like they are in control of their own destiny once again.
Another interesting finding is that people who feel satisfied with their progress are more likely to maintain their diet and exercise routines than those who feel disappointment or indifference (even given the same amount of progress).
In other words, simply losing the weight without caring will not be enough to keep you going, it is rather the feeling of satisfaction and happiness with the loss that will make you keep up the good work.
Can you purposefully develop a generally more positive mindset?
First of all, there are a wide variety of different factors that go to make up any individual’s body shape and size (for instance, one’s biology, environment, health, and diet).
Your mindset by no means make up the entire picture, however it is still a very important, and often overlooked, aspect.
The following are some research based methods that can be employed to help adopt a more positive attitude about your health in general, including your weight:
1. Do not deprive or deny yourself
Dieting is not necessarily about eating less, but eating better. As a matter of fact, if you eat dramatically too few calories your body may get scared of starving and hang onto excess energy (fat) even more tenaciously.
Dieting is more about counting and organizing your calories and deciding on healthier sources to get them from. In other words, you can’t simply stop eating; you need to be smart about it and understand what your body needs.
2. Share your progress with others
It is much more common for people to dwell on their negative image of themselves, but one can just as easily focus on the opposite and celebrate any gains made, however small they might be.
Taking a note of any small triumphs (an extra half a kilometer, one less snack, etc.) in a journal, or even sharing them with a friend or on social media is a great way to keep yourself motivated to keep at it.
3. Design a routine for anti-stressing
One way or another, your probably going to break down some night and pig out on enough calorie to feed you for a whole week.
Just remember not to lose it or tell yourself that the jig is up and the diet plan is a total bust.
There will be a point in the process where you will be so sick tired of calorie counting that you will simply want to throw the whole regime out the window and eat as much as you feel like without worrying about it.
This is a very natural response for newcomers to the world of healthy and intelligent eating, and there is no reason to freak out or even be ashamed for pigging out from time to time.
The best thing you can do when this happens, is to find a way of de-stressing – reading a favourite book, going for a walk, or meeting up with friends – so that you can feel better, stop worrying, and get back to your diet and exercise plan with a renewed air of positivity and belief that you can achieve your goals.
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