In this article, I want to share six weight loss tips. That helped me lose weight in a healthy sustainable way. Now, these are more natural holistic tips these are not your everyday dietary weight loss tips because. I think we hear so many of those already. I wanted to dig a little deeper into some of the practices. It’s feels like really made a huge difference for me. When I finally lost weight because remember for many years. I was a yo-yo dieter and I did all the things. But I still couldn’t quite figure out what has blocked me from making that change. So here are some of the tips that I feel like made a huge difference for me and so many of them were mental.
Tips Number 1
The first tip is to recognize that weight loss can only do one thing. And that is to have you lose weight. Right weight loss has one job that is to make your way less weight loss. Cannot make you happier more hole more valuable more worthy. I think a lot of times especially because of the society we live in. All of the pressure that is put on us around our bodies. We think that we cannot be happy whole valuable and worthy in a body.
That we don’t prefer or in a body. We feel overweight right but when you’re coming to a place of I am broken. I need to fix this you are constantly working against yourself. Even if you do lose the weight from that premise you will never feel successful. Because losing weight cannot in and of itself make you any happier or more fulfilled as a person. Right, that is emotional work that needs to be done outside of weight loss. Oftentimes weight loss can be a byproduct of doing that emotional work first. We have to remember that the journey informs the destination. So we need to come from a place of love unconditional love. Show up for ourselves in a really kind loving way exactly where we are even when we’re not where we want to be.
Tips Number 2
Tip number two is to remember that there is no wagon. Anybody who is a dieter or has tried many diets past knows that mentality. Where we’re on the wagon, we’re off the wagon we’re on the wagon we’re off the wagon. Where we try to make the changes. In the minute we go off the plan or off. What we had intended for ourselves then we tell ourselves. We’re off the wagon but the problem with this thought process is that it’s rooted in perfection. It’s very unrealistic because no matter what if you are going to lose weight over a period of time.
It is not a perfect linear path. What happens is when you tell yourself that the minute you eat ice cream or the doughnut or the thing. That was not on the plan that you now off the wagon it then encourages more bad behavior and I lose I use that term loosely, but it’s this idea that I’ve ruined it. It’s off the wagon. So what’s the point that can send us into a day two days a week a month right of spiraling in a direction of continuing to eat poorly.
Not focusing on the goals that we’ve set for ourselves. Because we feel like it’s not working anyway right so instead of thinking of a wagon. You just want to think this is a continuum. If i am slip up or when i am making a decision that’s not aligned with my plan. I’m gonna look and learn from it. I’m gonna use this as a part of my journey forward, use it as a reason to stop, and use it as a reason to quit. This is a part of the journey nothing has gone wrong.
Tips Number 3
Tip number three, I will say this was one of the biggest mental shifts for me. I know I’ve shared it before. But what I started to do was instead of focusing on all of the foods that I believed. I needed to restrict and deprive myself of all things. , take away from my diet which feels like a constant state of like scarcity. I began to focus on all of the foods I got to include right. That made it fun and more like a game. I started thinking about what can I try what was in the season. What did I see in that magazine or on that healthy blog right?
Then it became like this playful experiment. It didn’t feel like a punishment it actually was enjoyable. Something that I looked forward to so focusing on all of the foods. That you get to include in may be experimenting with a couple of new things. Making that commitment to yourself can really create a mental shift around weight loss. Make it a lot more enjoyable and a lot more sustainable
Tips Number 4
Tip number four which piggybacks off of tip number three is the crowd-out technique again. When we are making changes a lot of times. We are thinking that we have to do this huge overhaul, we want to change everything overnight. But the truth is creating new habits takes time and it takes practice. So a really great way to do that is to use the crowd-up technique again instead of saying I’m not gonna eat this or I’m not gonna eat that.
Make a small commitment like I’m going to include two vegetables on my lunch plate every single day. You practice that for one week two weeks three weeks until it becomes so natural and so habitual to you. It doesn’t feel like trying anymore it’s just something that you do. Then once that happens you pick something else to invite onto your plate or into your kitchen or into your day-to-day habits right, so maybe it’s drinking more water.
Working in a certain amount of movement every day and you just focus on that one thing. As you focus on that one thing other things start to fall away. So again it’s a mental shift because instead of focusing on things that we think we can’t do or wouldn’t do. We’re bringing in habits that we want to do and then just letting the other ones be slightly crowded out a bit. It’s a much more gentle approach and again it is a much more enjoyable approach.
Tips Number 5
Tip number five focus on your commitments instead of your results right. So many people when it comes to weight loss we think that the number on the scale dictates whether or not. We have had any success or if we’re moving in the right direction but as we know bodies are fluid and ever-moving and scales are you know not linear.
They move up and down on a weight-loss journey. It can become very discouraging when you’re using only the scale to decidewhether or not. You have moved towards your goal. When you make the shift to focusing on your commitments to yourself. That gives you a lot more control over the day-to-day right.
If your commitment is hey I’m gonna drink four glasses of water today or hey I’m gonna move my body for 30 minutes today or I’m gonna put two servings of vegetables on my lunch plate every day right you have something very clear very specific to focus on. Then you know whether or not you have been successful that day by your ability to honor the commitment. That you made to yourself so it becomes a much more tangible way to see if you’re making success because at the end of the day weight loss. In the long haul comes down to those day-to-day practices those day-to-day habits.
When you are making a habit for that day and paying attention to that day those are the small wins that add up over time. I also add that is how motivation is fed right often people say well how can I get more motivated how do you motivate yourself. I personally have found that motivation is often a byproduct of results we don’t usually start out motivated or maybe we do for the first few days. But what tends to get us motivated is when we are having results. If you have the results of honoring your commitment 710 days. How good that starts to feel you start to feel motivated. You start to build momentum, which again makes everything more enjoyable more pleasurable, and therefore more sustainable.
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Tips Number 6
The final tips, I want to share with you today the sixth tip is to be reflective and not rejected right. When you are not able to stick to your intentions when you find that you were not able to commit to the things you set out for yourself instead of using that. As a reason to reject yourself and turn your back on yourself. Tell yourself you’re not capable or that you’re a failure or this is just something your honor is able to do. Use it as an invitation to stay soft and compassionate and curious imagine every single time you made a turn that was off the path you wanted to learn from it right.
That you wanted to understand it more instead of just labeling it as a problem and rejecting the whole thing you would, in the long run, make so much further forward progress right. Weight loss is not only about the weight falling off your body or the number on the scale going down it is about the relationship that we get to foster with ourselves.
When you bring it to the forefront and you remember that again. It’s a huge shift in the weight loss journey so much of what I wanted to share here today as you can see it’s really reflective of the mental aspects of weight loss. Yes, there are definitely action steps we can take on our plates and with our food, and that’s different for everybody.
But if you can’t get the mental game straight right if you can’t be on your own side and be in this for the long run I don’t care what you put on your plate you’re always gonna have to come back to the drawing board to deal with you. I would actually go so far as to say that I think for many people the weight loss journey is only about learning how to foster a kinder more loving relationship with themselves in their bodies, but again that’s just a little food for thought. I hope that some of these tips have resonated with you.