Weight Loss Stops with Negative Self Talk

Negativity stops your progress in all areas, including weight loss.  What are you telling yourself as it relates to losing weight and transforming your body? Hopefully, you’re telling yourself positive things and the facts.

Dr. Kevin Elko, an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology (CBP), states it this way:

“Those are real fancy words (CBP) that mean I learned how to help change the way people conduct conversations with themselves. Changing the way you talk to yourself can totally revolutionize your life, but learning to do it
can take some time and guidance.”

Yes, you may need expert guidance but first try talking positively to yourself. Here are some negative self-talk examples that I have heard from clients:

“I can’t stop eating sugary foods and drinks.”

“I wish I could fit into that dress.”

“I hate lifting weights so I only do cardio exercise.”

“I can’t run fast so doing sprint intervals won’t work for me.”

“I would go to the gym but I don’t want people staring at me.”

“I don’t have time to workout.”

Those negative phrases could easily be replaced by “I can” or “I will” or “what’s the alternatives.” We will end up believing what we continually tell ourselves. And, it shows in our attitude and behavior.

It is also important to surround yourself with positive people. It will only reinforce what you are trying to do. Research proves that you will be more successful with your fat loss/weight loss efforts if you have positive people holding you accountable.

Personal trainers, spouses, workout buddies and group exercise classes are great for holding you accountable. That means you must inform them of your intentions to transform your body.

Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals

I hope you expect to achieve what you set out to do! Achievement motivation is what drives you to succeed.

Dr. David McClelland and his associates at Harvard University studied achievement motivation for over 20 years.

They concluded that achievementmotivated people have certain characteristics in common:

1. The capacity to set high (stretching) personal but obtainable goals.

2. The concern for personal achievement rather than the rewards of success.

3. The desire for job-relevant feedback (how well am I doing?) rather than for attitudinal feedback (how well do you like me?).

In my personal experience with clients, I find that those who embrace the process of transforming their bodies are ultimately successful. They get it done no matter how long it takes. And, they apply the feedback that I give them
without feeling as though they are failures. These are just 2 examples of clients who have succeeded:

At this point, a lifetime commitment to the fitness lifestyle is needed to achieve your lean healthy body.

Dr. Christopher Sciamanna discovered that losing weight was just the beginning. After losing 30 pounds, he described his new, lower weight as "shockingly challenging" to maintain.”

He and his colleagues at Penn State University's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center decided to study weight loss maintenance. Part of their study was to examine results found at the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR). For the past two decades, NWCR has focused on a single group of people. To qualify, they have to lose at least 30 pounds and keep the weight off for at least a year. The findings aren’t surprising. The participants were successful primarily because of the following habits:

a. Exercise at least an hour a day, almost every day
b. Follow a low-fat, low-sugar, low-calorie diet
c. Eat, more or less, the same foods all the time
d. Minimize TV watching
e. Eat breakfast

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About Mark


Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.