Mind Games

Give that food-crazed body a one-two punch with your mind. It works!

By Darren Kennedy
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed by Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD

No doubt about it, sticking to a weight loss or exercise program day after day can be tough. And without the proper support and motivation, any inroads made in terms of losing weight or adopting a fitness routine could be for naught. Weight loss is really a mind game. When you think about it you can always feed the hunger center of your brain the correct, healthy foods, and it will feel "full." It's the emotional side of you that your brain must overcome. And that's not easy.

According to the trend-spotting firm, Datamonitor, consumers flit between periods of indulgent and healthy behavior throughout the course of a week and even the same day. It's perfectly normal to veer off the path of your weight loss diet. The key is whether you get right back on and don't get sidetracked too often.

Motivated for Change

Are you motivated for change? We can provide you with the tools and the support you need to be successful for life.

As you implement your weight loss plan, you have a chance to begin to make better, healthier choices in your food selections. Take it slowly and consider following the lead set by the "successful losers." The National Weight Control Registry tracks individuals who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for five years. These folks have the following lifestyles in common:

  • A high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet.
  • Careful self-monitoring (weekly weigh-ins and daily journaling).
  • They start the day with a healthy breakfast.
  • They incorporate regular physical activity.