The Biggest Hurtle to Dieting Is Convincing The Mind

August 29

Your brain is the caveat of success. No matter what your goal, if you want to increase your wealth or shrink your waist, your brain is the power source that will get the job done.

But sometimes the brain needs to be convinced that this is truly what you want. You’ve heard the old saying, “Old habits die hard.” That’s because once the brain has familiarized itself with a certain behavior it paves a pathway so that it no longer has to think about doing that particular deed. Your brain forms the habit so that the action can be performed with very little brainpower involved. In other words, your brain is a little bit lazy.

So, how do you instruct your brain to think about what you want and keep it from concentrating on things you would rather forget?

Daily prayer and meditation can help redirect your mind. Once your spirit has been lifted, take your commitment one step further. Begin writing down your affirmations and follow those with your goals. Now your brain has something new and positive to dwell on.

Feed your brain with interesting data, lots of positive encouragement and active participation in your weight loss program. The more you stimulate your brain with this information, the more focus you will be able to direct on your diet and weight loss program.

But you might find that you still slip up and resort to old habits. The brain is tough, so you’ve got to step up your game in order to win the battle. A sure-fire way to keep your brain on track is to keep a fitness journal of everything you eat and drink and all the activities that you participate in each day.

You see, by writing down everything you eat and drink, you become accountable for all the foods that you are feeding your body. It’s important that you record everything because this way you will be able to decide which foods you can keep in your diet and what changes you need to make.

Remember, it takes at least thirty days to make or break a habit. Do you have some habits that you would like to leave behind? This can be day one as you re-train your brain to take on healthy habits and begin a new healthy routine.

~ Karen Ficarelli

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  1. Great article. I know how challenging it can be to make your changes part of your new habits. I’ve read that it takes 21 days to retrain your brain. You can break a bad habit or start a new, healthier habit in just 3 weeks.

    Looking at it like that makes it seem a little easier to deal with, doesn’t it?

  2. Tina Barrett on 09/01/2011 at 12:03 pm
  3. Thanks for this encouraging article. I find reading and writing about positive thoughts the best way to stay motivated regardless of goal. Staying in positive frame of mind will help you accomplish more in life than any other practice.

    The most important part is to realize starting this new habit is like starting a new fitness program. At first it is difficult and then you cannot go a day without doing it. Thanks again

  4. Tina on 09/06/2011 at 1:18 pm
  5. This is a great article. You’re 100% correct – being mentally fit and having will-power is as important as proper diet and exercise.

  6. Diet Clinic on 09/16/2011 at 5:42 am

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