Most of us want to lose a little weight or there have been times when we’ve wanted to lose weight. The problem is we have told ourselves a lot of stories about losing weight which have then formed deep seated beliefs.
If you believe something, in your mind it is true. The same is true with the beliefs you have about losing weight.
If you’ve told yourself often enough ‘I can never lose weight, no matter what i try’ – guess what, your mind tells your body that statement, and that information is then transferred to the cells of your body. Sound ridiculous? – Read the Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton who speaks about your beliefs being stored at the cellular level of your body.
So maybe it’s time we re-evaluated our beliefs about losing weight and started forming new beliefs about how easy it is to lose weight – Check out Weight Loss Affirmations to help you with this.
7 Beliefs That Will Stop You Losing Weight
1. “Losing weight is hard.”
If we believe losing weight is going to be a challenge – guess what – it will be! This is a very strong reason why many people struggle to lose weight, and why many give up before they make a dent in their goal of losing weight.
2. “I have to go to the gym to lose weight.”
First off, there’s nothing wrong with going to the gym. Many people do it, and many people reap positive benefits from doing it.
However, if you hold this particular belief, you will become a slave to your workout routine if you want to lose weight or maintain weight loss. This can become problematic over time.
When we feel like we “have to” work out, it becomes just another thing on our to-do list, and it starts to feel like a chore.
One of the best things you can do to lose weight and get into a routine is to do something you enjoy whilst doing a little exercise. For example I read my book or listen to an audiobook whilst I am walking my dog. reading is something I enjoy, but I don’t particularly enjoy walking, however since I now associate walking with doing something i enjoy I have learned to enjoy walking as well, which in turn has helped me to lose weight.
3. “People gain weight when they get older”
I think this is one of the beliefs where it is more of an excuse than anything else, however it doesn’t stop people believing this. you need to change this, as you do not necessarily put on weight just because you get older. It may be that you slow down a little as you get older and that contributes to you putting on a little extra weight.
4. “I’m a little too busy”
Reality check: you have the same amount of time as everyone else, but you might not be setting your goals as a high enough priority. Those with high priorities, not matter how committed their time, find a way to make sure they give attention to their priorities.
If weight loss is a goal, it might take a little more time to plan, prepare and cook meals, but as a high priority it might mean you spend less time doing other things that don’t help.
5. “I can’t do it.”
If you have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight many times before, you may find yourself struggling with a strong belief that you can’t lose weight. Maybe you believe that you can only lose so much weight, or you may believe that you can’t lose any at all. Either way, this kind of belief will override your desire to eat healthy and exercise, so that it seems like a constant battle to keep going and making any progress at all.
6. “My family is overweight.”
On some level you may know that just because your family is overweight does not mean you have to be too, but you may feel as if your genes are working against you. The problem with this perception is that you won’t feel strong enough to even try losing weight – you’ll just assume that because much of your family is heavy, you will remain heavy too.
7. Your life will be perfect when you lose weight.
No. Ask yourself how you’ll feel when you lose your extra weight? Your answers may surprise you. These answers are the clues to why your body is holding on to what you want it to get rid of.
Striving toward the way you want to feel will increase chemical neurotransmitters sometimes called happy hormones. This starts the process of balancing your hormones, which will help your body release unnecessary weight.
If you truly want to change your beliefs about losing weight then start changing your beliefs and redefine what it means to lose weight.
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