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The Weight of Positive Thinking


You may be able to lose more weight just by believing in yourself! Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your heart health, increasing longevity and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics measured the influence that weight-loss expectations have on actual pounds shed. After a year of dieting, people who had greater expectations of weight loss actually lost more weight, and those with greater satisfaction about their weight loss maintained the loss long term. Think positive thoughts and you might shed extra pounds and keep it off. Here are some things you can do to stay more positive:

Gratitude: Giving thanks and expressing appreciation for your life will make you feel more satisfied. This can also help you reframe beliefs, creating a more positive outlook. Take a minute every day to take stock of the things you’re grateful for.

Celebrate small victories: Achievements are never too small to honor. The accumulation of small victories is what builds success. If waking up on time is a struggle, congratulate yourself when you do. Take stock of the goals you’ve reached, even small ones. When you’re feeling down about your progress, a list will help you realize how far you’ve come.

Be kind: Showing compassion for yourself and others will help foster positivity. We are all human so be kind, not critical.

Live in the moment: Avoid multitasking to bring more awareness to your present state. Find joy in the little things and appreciate your surroundings by living in the moment.

Give back: People who volunteer are often happier and more satisfied with their lives. That’s because helping others makes us feel good. It provides a sense of purpose and belonging. The act of gift giving can even release feel-good hormones called endorphins.

Written by: Michelle Pearson, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern

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