Before you can succeed at weight loss, you must have your thoughts in order. If you don't, they can undermine your good intentions.
First, evaluate your readiness to make the changes needed for weight loss. Start by writing a list of the pros and cons of losing weight. Does the list tip towards the pros? If it does, you'll be charged and ready for action. If not, re-think why you want to lose weight.
Once you're ready to begin, you can still get stuck waiting for the perfect moment that may never come. Avoid this trap by setting a start date. Then use the remaining time to bolster your plans and build your excitement.
Lastly, don't waste time and energy wishing for change -- make it happen. Thinking about all you'd like to do, like giving up all high calorie foods, is a passive approach that rarely works. Instead, find a few high calorie foods that you're willing to give up and start eliminating them.
These thought patterns are a natural part of behavior change. If you address them properly, they will support you in your weight loss efforts and you will be successful.
Megan Porter, RD