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The weight loss journey is something millions of Americans begin, whether it’s an after-holiday promise or a goal they’ve had for a long time. But some of us just can’t seem to ever get past a certain point in the journey, if we even lose weight at all.

Yes, we may have access to a plethora of forums, expert advice sites, and even close friends and family who constantly provide us with their love and support. But still, that may not be enough for us to reach our weight loss goals.

So what really needs to change? If everything else has failed, then perhaps perspective is the culprit. How we see ourselves is often quite different from how others see us. And how we think about ourselves is also often quite different.

Mentally Speaking

As at least one guru was noted as saying, “thoughts are things”. And if we’re speaking scientifically, that guru may have been right on the money. Researchers have long-ago proven that our thought patterns exist as the result of the building of neural pathways in the brain. Well-worn pathways, such as that long-standing habit of talking down to ourselves, can mean that this habit is hard to change.

But thankfully, it isn’t an impossible task. Many branches of spirituality advocate the many benefits of positive self-talk, or affirmations that, when repeated to ourselves several times a day, can forge new and infinitely more positive neural pathways which can result in a better sense of well-being and possibly the reaching of future weight loss goals.

Changing The Food Relationship

Yet other schools of thought suggest that it’s not only our perspective about ourselves, but the way in which we view food that can help us to lose the weight we want and live better lives. Many of us think about a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream, and see something positive. But in fact, these foods can do a lot of damage to our bodies.

For example, junk foods like those mentioned above do not give the body any help with burning fat. In fact, they may only boost metabolism for about sixty minutes. The exact opposite is true of healthy foods, which can boost metabolism – and fat burning ability – for hours after they’ve been eaten.

The trick, this point of view advises, is to look at how foods benefit our bodies, and then look at how much of those foods we actually have incorporated into our diets.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When you picture ‘healthy’ in your mind, what do you see? This very result could be the reason why you’re not losing weight, according to Pamela Peeke, a womens’ health, fitness and nutrition expert. Instead of thinking about magazine models and trying to be like them, she suggests creating your own definition of what it is to be healthy.

This can help, she says, because it eliminates the urge to compare ourselves to someone else, or someone else’s definition of healthy. No one looks like you, nor will they look like you after you’ve lost the weight you want. The most important thing, according to this school of thought, is to become comfortable in your own skin.

Interestingly, this perspective also suggests incorporating some positive self-talk in order to create those new neural pathways mentioned earlier. And like so many other perspectives, it’s suggested that taking things slowly is the best way to break in new habits, incorporate them into your daily life, and ultimately make habits that will help maintain weight loss over the long term.

Have you thought about your weight loss goals lately, and what you can do to change them? The answer to your frustration may be as close as your bedroom or bathroom mirror.

  • Dr. Brooke quotation – “thoughts are things”
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Guest author Ruth Suelemente enjoys motivating people to believe they can reach their goals, and helping them identify the best diets that match their particular preferences.

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