top, Drop and Roll Your Way to Weight Loss Success

As any veteran dieter knows, following a weight loss program is a series of making the proper choices that helps achieve weight loss or making the wrong choices that causes weight gain. Although the weight loss plan shows us the proper food choices to make, our minds tell us whether we make these choices or not. The same diet mistakes are being made over and over every day because of what is going on in our minds. Being aware of the dialogue going on in our minds regarding food and dieting can help in making better choices that lead to successful weight loss.

1. Stop the Negative Thoughts

As anyone who has tried to lose weight and failed knows, any time you try to lose weight again, there is a small voice in the back of your mind telling you that if you weren't successful with the last diet, what makes you think you're going to succeed in this one. Or how about the voice that tells you that you have no willpower and won't be able to follow the weight loss plan so why even try? These are the negative thoughts that need to be stopped in your mind if you want to successfully lose weight. Do some internal soul searching to neutralize these negative thoughts and encourage positive ones with respect to your weight loss program.

2. Drop the Limiting Beliefs

One limiting belief that needs to be dropped is the "all or nothing" mentality that we have about dieting. We think we need to follow the weight loss program perfectly and if we make one wrong choice, eat something that wasn't on the plan, then immediately the whole thing is ruined and the diet is over. We then start to eat everything that wasn't on the weight loss plan. We revert back to our old habits of eating and proceed to gain back all the weight that was lost.

If this sounds familiar, we need to remember that nothing is truly black and white but are varying shades of gray. We are human, we don't do anything perfectly much less following a weight loss plan. If a wrong choice is made at a meal, then just make a decision to make the right food choice at the next meal. The way forward is to take each food choice a step at a time. Each time we make the right food choice, we take a small step toward achieving our weight loss goals.

Another limiting belief we have about weight loss is that we "sacrifice" ourselves when going on a diet. We deny ourselves the foods that we enjoy most while we are on our way to our goal weight. Once we are successful in losing weight, we are likely to go out of control once we are "allowed" to have the "forbidden foods" because we saw it as something that was denied us. Wouldn't it be better to incorporate the healthy eating and proper food choices made while losing weight into a lifestyle change that includes a little of everything in our diet and learn to enjoy it in small quantities -- even chocolate?

Roll with Life

We need to lighten up (no pun intended) when it comes to weight loss. Setting achievable goals is important in any weight loss plan. Goals should be clear, realistic and set out in writing. A reasonable goal would be to lose two pounds per week for the first five weeks and then one pound per week after that. But just because some weeks we lose more and some less (or even gain weight), that doesn't mean we've failed at losing weight and quit. We need to roll with the ups and downs that are a natural part of weight loss and to continue steadily toward our weight loss goal.

The most important thing to remember is we need to learn from our failures as well as our success and not use a mistake as an excuse for giving up. The only way to successfully maintain weight loss is to make a commitment to become a healthier person. Eating normally includes eating more some days and less others. Learning to enjoy food in moderation and monitoring the self talk in our minds will lead to permanent weight loss and lifestyle changes.

A self-proclaimed information addict, Sandi H. has come to the conclusion that knowledge is power when it comes to weight loss. The more you know, the better choices you make toward weight loss success. Go to for more weight loss tips.

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