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5 Things You Need To Know If You Want To Keep Weight Off

5 Things You Need To Know If You Want To Keep Weight Off

I know that losing weight is one of the most difficult pursuits in health. However, keeping the weight off is perhaps even harder than losing it in the first place.The statistic often stated, is that only 5 percent of those who lose weight are able to maintain it long term. Thankfully, there are several quick and easy things I can do every day that’ll help me keep the fat off.

1. Don’t Try to Diet

While dieting is the most popular way to lose weight and keep it off, it is very hard to sustain. Also, it generally gives regular people like me unrealistic expectations. Even more problematic is the structure of a diet. Diets pretty much always have a set end point. Keeping weight off is an ongoing journey, with no set end point. It requires a totally different mindset that people used to dieting may struggle with. I know that I did.

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2. Make Realistic Goals

While I don’t want to have one goal that I’m working towards, I do want to have a series of ongoing goals that are realistic goals for me. This is the mindset that I have to have if I’m going keep weight off for good. I have to make small goals for myself that I’m trying to hit each week, and then keep setting them. Don’t stop. If I do, there is a very good chance that I’ll gain the weight I’ve just lost.

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3. Don’t Have Any Cheat Days

While cheat days are all the rage in health blogs and social media accounts, many experts feel that they are not actually a good idea. If I have one cheat day, I’ll inevitably be tempted to have more. This doesn’t mean that I should never eat unhealthy food. However, setting aside a time to eat as much junk as possible probably isn’t the best idea. It hasn’t worked for me, and it probably won’t work for anyone else. I can’t be seduced by the pictures of delicious food that everybody is posting to their Instagram account. If I cheat once, I’ll almost certainly cheat again.

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4. Make Sure That You Manage Stress in a Healthy Way

It is tempting to eat to relieve stress. I’ve done it, everybody has done it. It goes without saying that this is very unhealthy. This practice is probably responsible for more weight gain than any other. However, there is a good side to this. There are healthy ways I can get rid of stress than consuming unhealthy things. Exercising is very good for this. Just a quick jog on the treadmill can get rid of my stress for the entire day.

5. Take a Little Time to Plan: It’s Worth It

It can be tough to find a few minutes to pick out healthy foods or exercise. Our days seem to get busier and busier in these fast-paced modern times, and it’s easy for me to get into bed at the end of the day and realize I haven’t done anything to stay healthy and keep weight off. If I just take a few minutes to plan and follow these plans every day, I only need to spend a short amount of time and I can keep weight off easily.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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