I started writing blogs during the height of the COVID pandemic. My blogs were based on my health research, including respiratory health and immunity. As I weaved around health and fitness, I decided to augment my healthy eating with the desire to lose weight. During this process, I found myself struggling to conquer the mental side of weight loss.
I am not alone 🙁
My research has shown that losing weight is a struggle that millions worldwide deal with. In addition, I have found that, without a healthy mindset, losing weight may negatively impact a person’s mental health.
The website of The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has an article that shows the following USA obesity statistics for 2017 – 2018:
- Nearly 1 in 3 adults (30.7%) are overweight.
- More than 2 in 5 adults (42.4%) have obesity.
- About 1 in 11 adults (9.2%) have severe obesity.
Here are My Mental Challenges to Weight Loss
1. I have to want it
Heartfelt motivation is much more powerful than one that comes from the head. Losing weight and keeping it off requires dedication and time, and this is most successful when I am driven.
2. I have to break my bad habits
It takes a mental effort to break the bad habits that led to being overweight or obese. Still, without breaking those habits, permanent weight loss cannot happen.
3. I must shut down my inner critic
I need to shut down my inner critic, who is trying to sabotage my weight loss efforts. I must silence that inner detractor and learn to love myself for exactly who I am.
4. My emotional readiness
I need to prepare myself both emotionally and mentally for change. Lasting weight loss requires a significant shift in mindset, habits, and behaviors. This requires preparation for change – a significant change.
My Next Blogs: Mentality of Weight Loss
I have researched and compiled several blogs about the psychological part of weight loss. These articles will include the following topics:
- Five Signs You Have an Emotional Eating Challenge
- Binge Eating and Its Impact on Your Body
- Are You At Risk of Eating Disorders?
- Emotional Eaters Can Recover and Learn to Eat Properly
- Relationship Between Self-Worth and Overeating
I am looking forward to walking this path with you. Please check the upcoming blogs out and leave your comments.
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