The Psychology Behind Weight Loss
A lot of people struggle with weight. According to Health Data, some 160 million Americans are overweight or obese. According to the Centers For Disease Control, 2/3 of American adults are overweight or obese.
Weight loss is a struggle for thousands, and even when they manage to lose weight, keeping it off proves to be a challenge. Most people believe that to lose weight, all you need to focus on is eating less and exercising more.
But, unfortunately, it’s just not that simple. To effectively lose weight, you have to change various aspects of your mindset, beliefs, and bad habits related to food and exercise that landed you where you are.
In fact, psychology is 99% of weight loss.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you must deal with the emotions, beliefs, and psychological baggage you carry around about yourself, food, weight, body image, and eating.
If you want to become healthier and, in the process, lose weight, you need to change how you think of the process. You don’t need to diet; you need to shift your mindset. You don’t need fewer calories; you need fewer negative thoughts and critical self-talk. In short, you need to understand how it’s your mind, not your stomach, that control what, when, and how you eat.
According to the American Council On Exercise, “with the proper mindset, nearly any weight-loss program can be effective. Unfortunately, the unifying trait of the more than 65 percent of dieters who regain weight within the first year and the 85 percent of dieters who regain weight within three years is an unhealthy, self-sabotaging psychological mindset. That means that most dieters do not know how to think like a thin person and are instead filled with irrational self-talk that serves as hindrances to effective lifestyle change.”
We have examined all the reasons why losing weight is a difficult process, including the many ways your mind plays tricks or derails your efforts time and again. After we’ve explored the psychology of weight loss, we’ll examine practical and tested strategies for how to change your mind, so that you can improve your health. If you are ready to begin your weight loss journey, then it’s time to start by examining your mind.