That demotivating word 'diet'

and

how there really is no need to deprive yourself 

Every time I decided I wanted to lose weight, as soon as I said the word ‘diet’ in my mind I would feel flat, demotivated … it was as if I knew already what that meant …

That was because I associated that word with having to deprive myself …

Having to deprive myself of foods that I enjoy eating otherwise I wouldn’t lose weight …

Otherwise I would have failed straight away …

I’d put all of my attention on the foods that I had told myself that I couldn’t have …

It wasn’t helpful and I wasn’t giving myself the best chance of achieving my goal …

So here’s what I did differently …

I started to change how I thought about weight loss and eating healthier …

The first thing I did was to rename that word … and I renamed it to something more positive … what losing weight really meant to me …

One word or a sentence that described how I would feel once I had achieved my goal …

So now I wasn’t on a diet, I was on a journey to confidence … just as an example …

And the next thing I did was to stop depriving myself … stopped thinking that I needed to completely cut out all of the foods that I enjoyed … and you can do this too …

Yes, you may need to make changes if you’re in the habit of eating sugary, processed, fatty foods at every meal … but you can make choices, choose to have that one treat you enjoy twice a week …

Then when you’re feeling even more positive and motivated … once a week …

There is no need to completely deprive yourself of the things you enjoy … choose to be in control, there are always choices to make …

What to do next … start to change how you think in this way…

Start to notice how even just saying that change to yourself, even just saying to yourself for example I’m on a journey to confidence feels better inside of yourself.

 Julie Hindmarsh

Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapist

Ryton Crawcrook Greenside Blaydon Gateshead Newcastle Tyne and Wear Tyne Valley Barmoor NE40

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