There are many reasons why people gain weight - from lifestyle choices to diet to lack of exercise and even genetic risk factors. While research into the causes of weight gain and obesity is ever-evolving, it has become clear that another factor - attitude - plays a role, too.
The old saying, "You are what you think," can characterize many weight loss efforts in that your thoughts are either holding you back or helping you move forward. Here's a closer look at how your attitude could be making you gain weight.
1. You Aren't Patient
We live in a society where we can get things easily and quickly when compared with previous generations. Instant gratification is the norm, and weight loss often takes too long for anyone who has started exercise and/or a new diet. But experts agree that you achieve the best and longest-lasting results when you lose weight slowly. When you lose weight too quickly, you're often not losing fat but water or lean tissue.
2. All-Or-Nothing Thinking
You may be one of those people who overlook gray areas, i.e., you're either perfect or a failure. To combat this type of thinking, don't beat yourself up for an occasional slip, whether it's enjoying some cookies during an office meeting or missing a workout because of other commitments. The important thing is to stay with the program you've been following without worrying about perfection.
3. You Don't Have Enough Time
This is one of most common obstacles people face as they're trying to develop healthier habits such as exercise and eating right. While most people lead busy lives filled with work, family, and other activities, it's also possible to carve out time for yourself. Even just 20 minutes of activity a day can lead to a longer life.
4. Unrealistic Expectations
This attitude ties into patience and people sometimes set an ideal weight and think they can reach it in a matter of months. Instead, think of a weight range you can attain in the next 12 months.
5. Not Setting Small Goals
Creating a list of smaller goals will help you reach your bigger goals without forcing you to change your life radically. Some smaller goals include eating more fruits and vegetables each day and getting some physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
6. You Don't Believe In Yourself
Researchers have learned that people who think they can lose weight because of exercise and diet change tended to follow a healthier lifestyle with positive results. On the other hand, people who thought that they couldn't change their weight as a result of exercise and diet were less likely to make healthy choices.
7. You Follow The "Should" Illusion
In this case, you have a list of inflexible ways about how you think you and others should act. For example, you believe that you should always take on the most difficult challenge in any situation and end up injuring yourself because you over-do it during your workout routine. Be kind to yourself, accept your limitations, and be content with making small but steady progress.
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