What does your mood have to do with weight loss? Everything!
When you maintain a good mood you support your ability to make positive eating and exercising actions. So it’s ironic that making changes in the way you eat and exercise can put you in a bad mood.
Your mood is mostly a matter of how you see things and how you talk to yourself.
If you hate being fat and hate yourself for allowing it to happen taking action should be mood lifting. Sometimes it is, but for a lot of people it’s the opposite. Everything they do to lose weight only makes their bad mood worse.
- It feels bad to have to watch what and how much you’re eating.
- It feels like a punishment to have to deprive yourself of the foods you prefer while you eat food that isn’t particularly palatable.
- It feels bad to not only find your food less than delicious, but you don’t even get to eat enough to feel full.
- It isn’t fun to exercise when you’re overweight and it hurts.
- Exercising is boring and even with a TV in front of you, it’s not as entertaining as sitting on the couch with a snack while you watch the same program.
- It feels bad to feel deprived and push yourself to exercise and to see only a couple pounds coming off each week for all your sacrifices.
- Your bad mood gets worse when you think how slow your progress is and how much weight you have left to lose.
- Diet police can really put you in a bad mood. You’re doing your best to stick to your lousy diet, and you have some jerk questioning every bite you take.
Giving up on your weight-related goals isn’t a matter of a lack of willpower.
You had plenty of willpower, but your sour mood undermined your efforts. While you worked hard to stick to your program you couldn’t escape the negative effects of a bad mood.
You can turn around your mood, but it takes a turnaround in your approach to weight loss. It begins by taking a fresh look at how you go about losing weight. Make it a project to discover a new way to eat what tastes good, satisfies your hunger, and restricts calories. Instead of creating a list of forbidden foods, plan how to fit them into your food plan.
- Focus on how it feels very good to take control.
- It feels good to be doing something good for yourself.
- It feels good to learn about better nutrition, how to prepare food that tastes good and is good for you.
- It feels good to discover the joys of movement and see how exercise can happen while you’re doing things you enjoy.
- It feels good to know you’re moving your body and in doing so improving your health. Every cell in your body is benefitting from your exercise.
- It feels good to surround yourself with people who are successfully doing these things. Celebrate their success and share yours.
- It feels really good to tell self-appointed diet police to, “take a hike!”
If your bad mood feelings try to come back, try some of these actions to renew your good mood in 10 minutes.