Weight loss tips: Three ways to handle crooked thoughts

March 31, 2014 - Psychology

yo yo diet 121277290Have you been caught in the same old cycle of yo-yo dieting? Here, we explain how balanced thinking is the key to successful weight loss.

Have you ever started a diet on a Monday, lapsed mid-week and then given up the by the weekend? Despite your best intentions, by the following Monday you’re feeling so deflated and miserable that you’ll give up altogether, saying ‘it’s just not for me’.

Many of us are all too familiar with this type of ‘crooked’ thinking, where we have all-or-nothing thoughts that can be extreme and irrational. These thoughts cause us to get caught up in a cycle, where we start a task with good intentions but end up giving up at the first hurdle or when things don’t quite go to plan.

Here, we take a look at how you can deal with your thoughts differently…

1. Catch them
Notice if you’re falling into the trap of ‘crooked’ thinking. Are you thinking irrationally or in extremes? Are you thinking in negatives? If so, catch yourself, and then base your thoughts on the actual evidence.

2. Befriend yourself
Challenge your inner critical voice. Don’t label yourself as ‘bad’ or beat yourself up for situations outside your control.

3. Be realistic
Losing weight isn’t easy – so only commit to starting a diet when you’re in the right head space to do so. You’re more likely to stick to it if you’re doing it for the right reasons.

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One thought on “Weight loss tips: Three ways to handle crooked thoughts

Collette Lord

Even tho I have been at my ideal weight for more than a year, occasionally I have crooked thoughts from the past – but I now know how to deal with them – if I recognise that I want to eat because I am angry/hungry/lonely/tired and have given myself enough time to drink water and give myself some space, if I decide I still want to eat I will almost always eat a small portion and eat something healthy. I don’t have unhealthy stuff in my house anymore…. so getting dressed and going out to buy junk-food is a real pain. A healthy food plan starts in your shopping list and then in the shop. BUT if I do go off track, then when is time for the next meal, I just pick myself up and say “I’m back on track” – I’m not putting in the huge amount of will power it took me to lose my weight – EVER AGAIN !!!! Believe you are worth It – because you are……

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