With nearly 70 percent of Americans classified as overweight, the obsession with dieting and exercise is understandable. Television commercials are filled with advertisements for diet pills, plans and exercise programs. Movies are filled with images of thin actors and actresses. The ability to lose weight without it constantly consuming your mind requires you to change your way of thinking.
1 Focus on developing a healthy lifestyle and making healthy choices instead of losing a certain number of pounds. When you focus on creating a healthy lifestyle, weight loss becomes a side effect and not your primary goal.
2 Get rid of your scale or at least put it in a place where it's not easily accessible. Weigh yourself no more than once a week so you’re not constantly worried about whether you gained or lost weight every single day.
3 Find a form of exercise that you truly enjoy. If going to the gym isn’t your thing, find something that is. Play a sport with a friend or take dance lessons. Find something that ignites your passion but also allows you to be active at the same time. In this way, exercise is fun and not a chore. You'll look forward to doing it and not dread it.
4 Pay attention to other markers of success, such as increased stamina or better-fitting clothes. By focusing on the positive and not worrying about the number on the scale, you can celebrate small victories that will continue to motivate you to continue making healthy choices.
5 Make a list of your positive attributes and post it somewhere you will see it often. Remind yourself of everything you like to help redirect your mind away from negativity.
6 Find a hobby or volunteer activity to keep your mind occupied and help distract you from thinking about weight loss. Keeping busy will reduce the risk of eating out of boredom and it will occupy your time and redirect your thoughts.
- Consult a doctor or therapist if you're unable to think of anything but weight loss. Some individuals who are excessively concerned about their weight may suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, which requires professional treatment.
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