Reprogram Your Mind for Weight Loss

You may have heard that our thoughts influence our reality, and there is research to indicate that this is true. This means that developing the skill to reprogram your mind for weight loss can give you extra leverage to make the changes you want in your life. When you think about something a lot, or believe it strongly, it is likelier to happen, if it is within your control.

That means that you can aid in your weight loss efforts by taking a positive mental attitude to weight loss, and learning to hold a mental image of yourself as already slim and healthy.

You see, if you tell yourself you can’t succeed, you’re right. You won’t take the steps necessary to make the changes that result in weight loss, particularly in a way that will let you keep the weight off long term. Self-sabotage is a big challenge with many weight loss efforts, but you don’t have to fall victim to it.

It can be hard to be positive and upbeat when faced with what seems a huge challenge, particularly if you’ve tried dieting before and failed. That’s one of the reasons we build so much support into our dietMD Medical Weight Loss Program. We know it works – support from people who believe you’ll succeed is important.

But First, A Story

Gas StationThere’s an old story about a man who’s moving to a new town. He stops outside of town and asks the gas station attendant, “What are folks like in this town?”

The attendant asked him what they were like in the town he came from, and the man replied, “They were great! Kind, helpful, friendly and positive. I really enjoyed the people I met there!”

The attendant told him “I think you’ll find the people in this town are the same”, and the man drove off.

Then another man pulled in, also moving into the town, and asked the attendant the same question. When the attendant asked him what people were like in the town he was coming from, he replied, “They were a rude, unfriendly, surly lot. I didn’t find them friendly or approachable at all!”

The attendant told the second man, “I think you’ll find them about the same in this town, too.”

Attitude Isn’t Everything

While a great attitude won’t help you lose weight all by itself, it’s a potent weapon when combined with the nutritional advice, medical care, supplements and support you’ll get in the dietMD Hawaii weight loss program.

“Whether you think you can or you can’t,
you’re right!”

– Henry Ford

Specific Tips For a Positive Weight Loss Mindset

  • Set attainable weight loss goals
  • Think about what you can eat, not what you cannot
  • Celebrate mini goals on the way to your big goal
  • Visualize yourself at your desired weight
  • Challenge yourself to discover and try delicious and healthy recipes
  • Use present-tense, positive affirmations (not “I will lose weight” but “I am slim and healthy“)
  • Don’t set yourself up to fail
  • Appreciate small steps in the right direction
  • Stay clear of friends and family who can’t be supportive, for a little while
  • Find a weight loss buddy or support system
  • Change habits that don’t support weight loss

Changing Your Mental Blueprint

When you decide to change your mental blueprint, you take control as the architect of your future. Opportunities to make better, healthier choices that are congruent with the you that you want to be are all around you. Successful weight loss isn’t only a mind game, but getting your mindset right can really help. When you reprogram your thoughts to be in alignment with your goals, you’ll see results. And that habit of thinking more positively is likely to bring other benefits into your life. That’s win/win!

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2 Responses to Reprogram Your Mind for Weight Loss

  1. Debbie Fernandez July 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    I didn’t consider MY mental blueprint as a tool towards my weight loss goal or any goal for that matter. I left all my goals in the hands of my parents or the coach, doctor, trainer or supervisor. I thought losing weight would give me an advantage at being a better paddler and if I lost the weight I would accomplish that goal however if my mental blueprint isn’t in the right place I won’t succeed at anything. It was a blessing to review your website again. I would recommend an email blast every once in a while to keep us focused. Thank-you Dr. Bruce for having your mental blueprint in the right place.

    • DrBruce July 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      You’re most welcome, Debbie. I’m glad you’re finding the articles helpful. Email updates would be good to add when we have the resources available for them.

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