Is your brain ready for your body to lose weight? The brain is often one of the single biggest obstacles to shedding fat. Train that brain for losing weight with these 4 tips designed to put you in a positive, weight-dropping state of mind:
#1 Change your mindset.
The word diet often creates a negative mindset. You might pine for all those “yummy” foods you feel you’re being deprived or groan over the effort that goes into a calorie-burning workout. The negativity makes it harder to stick to the plan and achieve long-lasting success. Tell yourself, before your feet hit the floor each morning, “I so excited to start my day with exercise and some clean eating foods”, and mean it!
Changing your life is about making a positive lifestyle change. It’s not about what you can’t have—it’s about feeling rested when you wake up, feeling strong and confident, being healthier than you’ve ever been. Start seeing positive results with this 4 Step Weight Loss Challenge.
#2 Create a vision board.
Sometimes the brain needs a little nudge—give yours a poke in the form of a vision board. A vision board is a place where you put images of the life you want. If you want a more active life, post pics of the activities you would like to do, whether it’s ski the black diamond course or learn to surf. Do you dream of hitting the beach with a swim suit that reveals beautiful summer abs and toned & defined arms? Both can be yours. Pick up a fitness magazine and cut out pics of how you want your body to look. Pin the pics to your vision board and the seed is planted. Here are three workouts to kickstart your vision, Summer Arms, Summer Abs, and Summer Butt.
Have you ever envisioned yourself running in marathon but the thought of getting started was way too overwhelming? Perhaps our program Running for Absolute Beginners will get you motivated. Be sure to add a pic to your vision board and then hit the street running.
Put images where you can see them often, so they remind your brain of those goals. Post pictures on the fridge with magnets or create a vision board using Pinterest. Find inspiration on the Skinny Ms. Pinterest boards.
#3 Take baby steps.
The idea of losing a chunk of weight is intimidating. It can make the brain whine “How much do you want me lose?! Inconceivable!” Take the intimidation factor out of weight loss by taking small, can-do steps. Perhaps the first step is to eat healthy snacks instead of junky ones for the next two weeks. Or maybe you commit to doing these 3 Workouts for Getting Awesome Abs every week for the next month.
Small goals are easier to achieve—and each time you reach one, you’ll gain more confidence. That confidence will allow you to make another healthy lifestyle change, and then another, and before you know it you’ll look and feel better than you have in years.
#4 Be kind to yourself.
You’re going to backtrack sometimes. Everyone does. For example, you might find you tossed healthy eating overboard during a cruise, or an extended hours at work forced you to cut back on workout time.
But what’s important—really, really important—is that you get back on track. Throwing your hands in the air and saying “I’m giving up!” won’t make you feel any better. So forgive yourself for slip-ups, and then resume your good-living habits. If you’ve really gotten off track and need quick results, try the 6 Week Emergency Makeover Program, which comes with the diet and fitness tools you need to feel fab fast.
You deserve a body that’s healthy. You deserve a body that’s fit. Train your brain to help you get there.