Many people haveidentified weight loss as a mind over matter battle rather than a physical one,and some of this could be true. DoctorPamela Peeke M.D. of ACE Fitness recently discussed in an interview the power thatsabotaging thoughts can have on ruining a diet and exercise plan.
“It’s all about themind, the mouth and the muscles,” she advised. “Unless you have the mind straight, you won’t be able to engage yourmouth and muscles properly. The link is whatyou think.”
She suggests thatthose struggling with weight loss, dieting, or finding time to exercise need toengage the mind with the body in order for total success. It’s essential to change the way a personthinks in order to change their body.
One key point is torealize that it’s not what happens,but rather what a person thinksabout what happens that can create negative emotions (anger, sadness,guilt). A person can upset themselves byholding onto too inflexible beliefs, such as they must follow a low carb dietfor success, or they’ll only lose weight if they cut out dairy. Every body is different and different bodytypes react different ways. Holdingoneself to these inflexible ideals is setting up for failure before a programhas even been started.
In addition to this,demanding oneself to be perfect or accomplish goals in a set amount of time isself-defeating. Unmet demands can make aperson feel guilty over success or failure, and expectations that a person caneat whatever they wish without consequence is also self-defeating. It’s important to find balance betweenexpectations and demands.
It’s also time todispose of the “musts” that go along with the demands. Demanding that a person must eat the wayeveryone else does, or choose the exact same exercise program for results isunfair to both others and to oneself. Life mustn’t always be fair, and situations (including diet andexercise) can be adapted to encourage a person rather than weigh them down withunwarranted expectations.
The next time a personis struggling with a situation in where they feel they’ve failed at their dietor exercise program, experts suggest changing the way the picture looks fordifferent results. This will not onlyput the real picture into perspective, but can provide encouragement, self-support,and healthier mental well-being than negative thinking ever will.
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