Weight loss ... easy, right? Statistically, all it takes to lose weight and keep it off is to "eat less and exercise more". It's just a numbers game, right? When the number of calories taken in each day is lower than the number of calories burned off, you'll lose weight. Doing this consistently each day will eventually bring you to your weight loss goal. After reaching your lower weight, maintaining it then becomes a simple matter of matching the number of calories taken in versus burned each day on average.
What is the Weight Loss Mindset?
Unfortunately, successful long-term weight loss is actually much more complicated in real life. In fact, people tend to horrible at actually pulling off this lower calorie lifestyle--especially over the long haul. So, what is the secret formula for making this happen? I actually have an answer: the creation and maintenance of a respectable eating and exercise routine AND the possession of a strong weight loss mindset.
A successful weight loss mindset is an individualistic combination of commitment, motivation, desire, focus, and vision. So, how does one create and feed such a mindset?
Here are a few ideas
1) list the positive benefits/pleasure you'll receive by losing the weight and review this regularly
2) list the negative consequences/pain that will occur if you don't choose to lose the weight
3) research and write out a number of key positive, inspirational quotes/lines that motivate you to do what you need to do; review them regularly and as needed
4) close your eyes and picture yourself commencing successfully through the day with your healthy eating and exercise plan--and enjoying it
5) close your eyes and visualize yourself already at your lower, ideal weight; enjoy your success before it even happens
6) especially helpful: seek out some quality hypnosis for weight loss from a licensed, trained, and experienced psychotherapist--either live or through audio CDs
In short, put yourself in a peak emotional for weight loss. Give yourself the ultimate advantage. The better and more often you do this, the easier your weight loss journey. I promise. I've been there myself.
10 Tips for Eating Smaller Portions
Here are 10 things you can do to successfully eat smaller portions. Research shows that you will generally eat less when you:
1- Drink from tall, skinny glasses (over shorter, fatter glasses)
2 - Place food on smaller plates
3 - Create meals with less variety (the greater the variety, the bigger the portions)
4 - Train yourself to not eat all of the food on your plate (push the plate away with some food remaining)
5 - Periodically have someone else dish up your food (a person that supports your diet)
6 - Eat slower; chew longer and pause between bites
7 - Between bites, take a break and allow your body to notify you when it is naturally full
8 - Take smaller bites; place less food on your fork/spoon before you place it in your mouth
9 - Switch between eating bites of the healthier foods on your plate before eating the less healthy/more fattening foods
10 - Try to give yourself portions no larger than your clenched fist (which equates to the size of your stomach)
Any other tips for eating smaller portions? Please leave them in response to this posting. Happy (healthy) eating!