17 Nov 7 Positive Behaviour Tips to help Weight Loss
Have you tried weight loss diets and had minimal or no success? You’re definitely not alone. There are countless diets on offer, and new ones appear each day, however the evidence shows that dieting for weight loss is rarely successful. Here at Young Minds Health & Development Network our trained ACFED (Australian Centre for Eating Disorders) practitioners suggest seven practical tips for positive behaviour that may help you with your weight loss goals.
- Stop your negative self-talk. Are you saying things about your body that are helpful or positive? Do you feel better about yourself when you say negative things? If the answers to these questions is no, then it is time to stop and reconsider what you are telling yourself – and change to positive thoughts instead.
- Learn to eat mindfully. Avoid eating while sitting at your computer or while in front of the TV because you tend to eat more than you realise when you do this.
- Eat at regular intervals and consider the nutritional value of the food you are eating.
- Use a smaller plate. Trick yourself by using a smaller plate, which means you will likely eat less food rather than overloading a large plate, especially when dining out buffet-style.
- If you are still hungry after a meal wait 20 minutes before having seconds, as your feelings of hunger will likely have decreased by then.
- Focus on getting healthy rather than losing weight. This could include adding a 10-minute walk to your daily routine, using the stairs at work instead of the lift, reducing sugary food intake (including alcohol), and making sure you get sufficient sleep.
- Remember, our bodies really are amazing. They do a lot of stuff for us. They get us from A to B, they skip and jump, and for the most part, they heal when they become ill. So celebrate what your body can do at least once a day.
These behaviours don’t guarantee weight loss on their own, however they can help enhance the way you see yourself, and to make you feel more positive about yourself. If you or someone you know has a problem with eating or a more serious eating disorder, then it might be a good time to recommend they speak with an ACFED trained practitioner.
Author: Di O’Malley – Founder and Managing Director of Young Minds Health and Development Network and Counselling Psychologist.
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