There is a common belief that losing weight is just about having a diet plan along with a daily workout schedule, but why is it that not everyone who tries slimming plans can succeed? As per the experts, psychological blocks behind it is the main reason for giving up a diet. This article discusses these psychological and mental obstacles that can make weight- loss progress challenging for some people and the ways you can overcome the barriers:
1. WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT THE MAIN GOAL:
A healthy diet and exercise plan mainly starts with high-minded intentions, but after a month or so, you might experience things like tiredness, boredom and stress due to changes in your old routine which mainly included an unhealthy diet, no exercise and staying in your comfort zone. Here is the hurdle: If you set your diet intention only on weight loss and not believing in a healthy eating habit, then your mind will work against you and you may go through emotional changes. Therefore, the first step to have a fit body is to believe in a healthy lifestyle.
2. LOW SELF-ESTEEM:
Planning to improve your appearance and stay fit is a great decision,; however, if you make his decision out of a negative body image and low self -esteem and you think your worth is your body shape, then pause your plan and visit a therapist first. Psychologists believe that body dissatisfaction has a direct link to bad eating habits and this negative emotion is one of main blocks to dieting.A therapist can help change your negative body image to acceptance and self- love, which automatically can lead you to eat healthy and achieve your slimming plan.
3- ANXIETY & STRESS:
From a psychological point of view, eating increases your levels of energy and makes you feel good, consequently during stressful times,you might choose food as a way to calm yourself down. This overeating habit to cope with stress is more common in people who are overweight. Moreover, during the time that stress is overloaded, the level of Cortisol hormones in your body increases in response to the stress, which can stop the weight loss progress, despite all your effort and exercise. Therefore, another step before visiting any dietitian is to learn stress relief techniques and find out which one really works for you. Experts suggest relaxation techniques, such as mindfulness meditation, which even can help to burn off belly fat, as the best way to avoid emotional eating habits.
People act differently when they go through a depression phase,; some people have no appetite and they lose weight, while others overeat, even though they are suffering from a sorrow that can make weight loss more challenging.So if you are experiencing depression at this moment, and are trying to treat your depression by going on a diet, you better think twice and visit therapists and medical experts, as they will likely prescribe anti-depression medicines along with some non- medical procedures, like meditation and changing sleeping patterns, to heal the depression.