For a weight loss app to deliver lasting results, you have to cultivate the right mindset. If you’re tired of gaining back every pound you lose, develop a longer term perspective. These are 5 ways to adjust your thinking so you can keep the weight off for good.
Redefine diet: Stop thinking of a diet as changing the way you eat for a few weeks or months at a time. A diet is just the way you eat whether that means junk food or salads. You can’t go on a diet because you’re always on a diet.
Focus on habits you can keep for life: What you really need are healthy practices so pleasant and easy you can make them automatic. No one wants to face a lifetime of cottage cheese and rice cakes for lunch. On the other hand, maybe you’d look forward to taking a walk with your husband after dinner every evening. Maybe you’ll discover that horseradish hummus tastes better than ranch dressing.
Consider the consequences of weight fluctuations: Yo-yo dieting leaves you worse off than when you started. You lose muscle mass and increase your body fat. You slow down your metabolism. You may even weaken your bones.
Picture your future self: You make better decisions when you think about what your life will be like in 5 or 10 years. Lying on the couch eating Skittles sounds harmless until you think about how that adds up.
Always be prepared: Have you ever wanted to drop weight for a wedding, class reunion or job interview? There will always be an important event coming up and it’s usually too late by the time you find out about it. Staying in top shape will keep you ready for anything.