Here’s one reason why: If a Weight Watchers member (or anyone else who wants to get to a healthy weight) tells herself all the reasons why she or he CAN’T lose weight, believe them because they’ve laid out their own destiny.
“I’ve got to much weight to lose. I’ll never be able to get to a healthy BMI.”
“I have too many things going on in my life to concentrate on weight loss.”
“I’ve tried to lose weight before. I lose some and then gain it right back.”
“I can’t lose weight. Obesity is in my genes.”
The list of ready-made excuses could go on and on. They’re there to latch onto, sometimes even before a person gives weight-loss an admirable shot. Negative thoughts are self-defeating. Period. Exclamation point!
There is a way out if you’re caught in this trap and that’s by identifying negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones. I’m not asking you to be a Pollyanna. (Pollyanna, a character in a book from the 20th century, was naive and unrealistically optimistic.) You’re not naive and you do have a solid grasp of what’s possible or not, you just have to let it surface. Those positive thoughts and beliefs are buried under all those negative, “No, I can’t” thoughts you’ve allowed yourself to buy into. They take hold over time. Challenge that placement and the instant a “No, I can’t” flashes through your mind, turn it into a thought that will work for you, rather than against you. Be aware of all those words that could be holding you back such as, “never,” “can’t,” and, “always.” Remember, your expectations create your reality.
Once you realize that how you think affects how you behave, and that weight-loss is completely within your control, you’ll be well on your way to taking off weight and keeping it off.