Getting started: Achieving the right mindset for weight loss
Healthy eating can be a difficult and all-consuming enterprise. However, it needn't be so difficult or unpleasant – a healthier lifestyle is supposed to make you feel stronger, not weaker; better not worse.
Getting started: Achieving the right mindset for weight loss
Everybody hates diets. The cliché is too often the reality of the situation: the denial, the hunger, the unpalatable 'diet' foodstuffs and, worst of all, the obsessive line of thought that might make it possible to eat those unpalatable items but equally impossible for you friends and family to hear about endlessly. Yes, weight loss can be a difficult and all-consuming enterprise. However, it needn't be so difficult or unpleasant – a healthier lifestyle is supposed to make you feel stronger, not weaker; better not worse. Sometimes however, it's best to think ahead and anticipate potential difficulties so that you can shed the pounds without making yourself or your loved ones miserable.
The Problem: Obsessive behaviour
The trouble with willpower is that it requires an awful lot of emotional energy and focus. If you feel like you need to lose weight, the likelihood is that you already have an emotional relationship with food. Simply put, people for whom food does not provide comfort or emotional ballast tend not to be overweight. The emotional elements of weight loss are often downplayed and in their place is a motivational 'Suck It Up and Just Do It' philosophy that often only produces short-term results if any at all. Indeed, to get themselves in this militaristic mode of thinking, dieters often become food obsessives: cognisant of every calorie, fat gram and sugar grain. But knowledge is not always power. To achieve this mindset requires such an intense amount of research and dedication that the dieter may find it difficult to think or talk of anything else and this can prove alienating for even the most supportive friends and family.
The Solution: The buddy system
The first weapon in your weight loss armoury is a sympathetic ear. A major lifestyle change is something that requires some determination and grit – after all, it can take a bit of time to switch longstanding behaviours and forge new neural pathways and patterns. You will need support and lots of it. However, the way in which you seek that support can greatly affect the effectiveness of your weight loss. Your best bet is to identify someone who is going through the same experience as you – whether that be in person or online (there are plenty of websites and forums dedicated to losing weight) and make them a pillar of your chief support system whilst you try and implement your new lifestyle. Of course the love of friends and family is crucial, but the advantages of having a specific weight loss buddy is twofold: you know you have someone who will always be interested in and supportive of your weight loss and the sharing of your mutual successes and setbacks prevent the feelings of isolation that often lead to abandoning your new healthy life for good.
The Problem: Lack of motivation
Sometimes even the most dedicated dieter loses the will to monitor their eating habits. If life is being difficult or you find yourself unduly stressed, then sometimes a trip to the fridge seems just what the doctor ordered. Sometimes it can be perfectly legitimate to indulge yourself a little, but if the lapses are more to do with stress or fatigue then it's easy to put some small fail-safes in place.
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The Solution: Plan ahead & make life easy for yourself
There's a reason the Ready Meal industry is booming: in stressful times, convenience trumps all. However, there are plenty of recipes on this site that freeze beautifully so that you can create your own ready meals for those days when everything seems too much effort. Cook up a hearty Turkey Curry, portion it in individual freezer bags and then just grab one out of the freezer for a delicious, healthy post-work meal. Team it with some salad and some freshly cooked rice and you've successfully dodged the takeaway bullet. Magic!


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