My number one FitGirl motto is, “The body follows the mind.”
The biggest thing standing in between you and the weight loss results that you want to achieve may be your thoughts, so I sat down with Amari Medical Chief Medical Director, Dr. J. Shah to get tips on how to mentally boss your body around once and for all! Keep reading for gems on how to change your mind–and in turn, your body.
Encourage & Energize Yourself
“Thoughts like, ‘I want to live a healthy long life,’ ‘I want to look good,’ ‘I want to fit into nice clothes,’ etc, can keep motivation high to lose weight,” says Shah. I love a good quote, which is why I share RADisms with my followers each and every week on social media. I highly suggest that you find a message that speaks to you and place it in a space you frequent–your bathroom mirror, the dashboard in your car and your phone/computer’s screensaver are all excellent options.
Beware Of The Negative Effects Of Negativity
On the flip side, when people have extremely negative attitudes towards weight loss and think, “I can’t lose weight,” “I can’t give up certain kind of foods or alcohol” or, “I am so busy I don’t have time for myself’” it can be extremely detrimental to weight loss, says Shah. “These people start to accept obesity and weight gain as a way of life,” he adds. “And once they decide to lose weight their goal is often times not deep rooted and their commitment is conditional.”