Perhaps you have been advised to lose weight, a loved one has expressed concern, or you simply noticed that your jeans don’t fit comfortably anymore. These are some clear signs that a weight loss program would benefit you. And yet, you can’t quite find the motivation to get started.
Does this sound like you? You may be suffering from limiting beliefs, which are things you believe about yourself that inhibit your weight loss efforts. Here are some of the most common limiting beliefs, and the truth behind them.
“I’m not one of those shallow people who focuses on looks”.
This belief is limiting because it reduces your need to lose weight down to an issue of vanity. Weight loss is not all about appearances. You may genuinely need to lose weight in order to preserve your health. Keep in mind that a number of health problems are linked to being overweight. Even if you don’t suffer from these problems now, you’re at risk of developing them.
“You only live once. I want to enjoy life, and that means lots of fatty and sugary foods”.
Religious arguments aside, we do indeed live only once. So why live your only life at risk of painful and uncomfortable health problems? Plenty of healthier foods are delicious, and no one is saying you can’t enjoy a treat once in a while. You’ll probably enjoy life a lot more if you keep yourself healthy.
“Losing weight is too expensive”.
You don’t need a pricey gym membership to go for walks or bike rides around your neighborhood. And healthy foods prepared at home are usually just as affordable as fast food or frozen convenience foods.
“I just don’t have the energy”.
If you’re eating a poor diet, that might explain why you feel chronically fatigued! Also, exercise can actually rejuvenate you and give you more energy. Go for a short walk and you’ll notice a big difference in your mood. As you lose weight, you may even notice that you feel happier and more energetic.
“I just don’t enjoy exercise.”
This is a common belief, but the problem may be that you simply haven’t found an activity you enjoy yet. Or, you might be a very social person who would benefit from enlisting a workout buddy. Remember to take along your MP3 player when you exercise, and change up your routine on a regular basis so that you don’t get bored.
Before starting any exercise or diet regimen, always consult with a weight loss physician first to be sure your plan is a safe one. For more information on nutrition, exercise, and weight loss, give us a call to schedule a consultation.