Weight Loss: Reframe Your Thinking and the Pounds Will Drop

Patient Expert

Women who have put this into practice have actually had greater success keeping weight off…

How you ever heard a motivational speaker say something like, "Okay, so let's get started. Now remember, you probably can't do this. Beats me why you even try, but whatever. We're all here and we gotta do something, right? The room is paid for, and we have it for three hours."

Most certainly you have not I am sure even the worst motivational speakers are better than that. This begs the question: If we become upset by an external clobbering of hope why do we keep doing it to ourselves?

If you wish to succeed at weight loss, here's how to start by believing that you will. Reframing Your Thoughts Studies have shown that caregivers often slip into patterns of thought that are harmful and self-defeating. The demands of people in need can be taxing, and those who wish to help sometimes suffer for their efforts.

Reframing your thoughts can be of great value. Not only for those who administer care to others, but also for those with an eye on some personal prize. Weight loss may be one of those prizes. One of the steps that I took to train my mind was ** I took the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction 8-week course** (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

[Slideshow: Meet 8 People Who Reclaimed their Lives from Obesity** _]on't over-generalize.** A single negative situation is just that. If you expand it to a mindset where you believe that it is part of a personal pattern where everything always goes wrong then you are doing a disservice to yourself.

Don't discount the positive. Even a small success is a success. There will be pockets of great success, little success, or no success. All are to be expected, so when you do not get a big payback, make sure to not chastise yourself. All progress counts.

Don't think yourself a fortune teller. Leave predicting the future to others and stay in the moment. Predicting a great success that may not be realistic, such as when I aspired to have a body like Anna Nicole, or predicting failure that turns to self-fulfilling prophecy will do you no good. By the way, you may read about my real-life results in,** “** My Bariatric Life Tells All about her Tummy Tuck: A Body Like Anna Nicole**.”**** Do not get caught up in self-pity.** Feeling bad about what may be slowed progress is understandable, but taking root in self-sorrow has no dividends. Sometimes the victory is in the effort itself. There is much to be said for persistence. Continuing to do what has worked for you despite a bump in the road is cause to give yourself a pat on the back. It will also keep you on track for success.

[Slideshow: Weight Loss Advice to Keep You Motivated_] final tip is to try focusing on maintenance prior to beginning your diet. For a period of about eight weeks, adopt these skills to maintain the weight you are at before diving into a more structured weight-loss program.** Women who have put this into practice have actually had greater success keeping weight off than women who started a program immediately.** Before you begin your diet, teaching yourself maintenance skills such as finding replacements for unhealthy foods or not letting your progress be dictated by the scale alone may make for the difference you need.

You also may enjoy my series of interviews with Lori Rosenthal, MS, RD, CDN, a bariatric dietitian, and Susan Harrow Rago, MS, RD, LDN, who has been involved in health programming for more than 25-years. Read more:** Keep the Weight Off for Life**

Long Term Weight Loss Eating Habits

Controlling Emotional Eating After Weight Loss Surgery

Support is Key to Maintaining Weight Loss

Weight Loss with Nutrition Counseling, Q&A with Susan Harrow Rago

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