Want to lose weight but tired of starting yet another diet on Monday?
Believe in yourself that you can do this!
If you are reading this post, chances are you have been in the cycle of starting a diet Monday, lapsing by Tuesday, giving up by Wednesday, feeling utterly fed up by Thursday and saying on Friday “its ok, I can start properly on Monday.”
I think pretty much anyone who’s ever dieted to lose weight has fallen into the cycle of being on a permanent diet that starts on Monday.
The trouble with this approach is, as I’m sure you well know it is utterly frustrating! Not only do you begin to believe you must be weak willed, but something in your brain simply stops believing that you’ll ever change.
Have you ever had a friend who promises to meet up with you, yet has to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances last minute? The first few times you forgive them as they must have a very busy schedule. But, if this happens continually you stop believing they will ever show up.
The same thing happens to us in our brains. If we tell ourselves we’re going to begin the diet Monday yet we never do it, a part of us stops believing that we’ll ever do it.
Break the cycle
To create effective change this cycle has to be broken. We need to prove to ourselves that if we say we’re going to do something, that’s exactly what we do.
For now forget about starting the diet Monday, that doesn’t mean it is a free for all binge out time. Instead just plan to eat real foods (as little processed foods as possible) and spend some time restabilising belief in yourself.
Restabilising belief in yourself
I learnt the concept from Jonny Bowden (infamous low-carb nutrition expert). If we prove to ourselves that what we say we do, we can begin to believe in our word.
To start the ball rolling grab a pen and paper and write down 5 things every day that you are going to do. They do not have to be diet related, just items which you can definitely achieve. When you have completed the task, tick it off your list.
If something does not get done, don’t beat yourself up! It was probably too big a task for the list and simply needs to be broken down into smaller tasks.
YOU CAN DO THIS!!
Every time you tick off a completed item, it sends a powerful message to your brain. Your brain receives the new message ‘you said you were going to do something and you did it! This begins to form a new belief structure that you can do what you set out to do, you are true to your word.
As soon as you start believing in your word to yourself, it will be far easier to believe in your ability to take the necessary actions to make weight loss happen.