Medical weight loss provides the most scientifically-proven method to change your lifestyle and health. But if you’re having trouble sticking to the plan or you’re not finding success with it, you might be surprised at the underlying reason. For some people, what we call “limiting beliefs” can be subconsiously working against their conscious goals and actions.
In other words, we know we need to do something, and we say we’re going to do it… But if we’re holding onto one or more of these limiting beliefs, you can sabotage yourself without even realizing what you’re doing!
“Focusing on appearances is shallow, and I’m better than that.” Sure, no one wants to be shallow. But medical weight loss is more about your health than your looks. If you subconsciously believe that all people who pursue weight loss are shallow or vain, you will fight against your own efforts to get healthier. Because who wants to view themselves that way?!
“Healthy food is too expensive.” If you believe healthy food has to be more expensive than unhealthy food, then that’s what you’ll see when you go grocery shopping. But the truth is that a lot of us gained weight from eating restaurant food in the first place, and that’s a very expensive habit. Healthy food can be affordable when you learn how to shop and prepare nutritious meals.
“Being healthy isn’t fun.” A healthy lifestyle does require some discipline, and it does mean you can’t drink alcohol every day or eat donuts for breakfast every morning. But to be blunt: Being unhealthy isn’t fun either. Picture daily blood sugar tests or regular stints in the hospital, and suddenly an active, healthy lifestyle looks a lot more enjoyable.
“I don’t have enough energy for exercise.” Oddly, we often lack energy because we aren’t exercising! And an unhealthy diet doesn’t help, either.
“I hate exercising.” The could be because you view exercise as a punishment for eating the “wrong” foods, or because you have a narrow definition of what exercise is. Exercise doesn’t have to mean sweating away in a boring gym; look for activities you do enjoy, and pursue those instead. The point is to be active and burn calories, not train for a bodybuilding contest.
Of course, if you’re struggling with your medical weight loss plan we want to help. Call us to schedule an appointment, and we’ll help you troubleshoot any obstacles you might be facing.