It goes without saying that the mind set with which anyone approaches a goal can have a profound impact on the outcome. Bookstores and libraries are packed with tons of self-help, awareness and consciousness-related tomes, many of which address or emphasize the specifics of weight loss and related health contributors more generally. In these books (and other media) mental health – that is, having a healthy, relaxed and happy perspective about one’s identity – is sometimes addressed along with physical and environmental variables, nutrition, exercise, and other factors that are part of the bigger weight loss and maintenance equation.
There’s lots of information that also suggests the reverse: that dietary considerations, for example, can have positive impact on mental health. Regardless of which is cause and which is effect, it makes good sense to provide yourself with the best self-care regimen, in both physical and mental arenas.
The mental ABC’s of weight loss might be summarized quickly as:
- Attitudes: How you approach any process makes all the difference: with enthusiasm and interest … or with dread and a lackluster attitude: Here’s an article about Improving Your Weight Loss Attitude.
- Beliefs: the power of belief can make or break any endeavor. This article goes into more detail about the Power of belief in weight loss.
- (Self)-Concepts: If we think we’re unworthy, hopeless or harbor demeaning self-images or self-concepts, we’re working with a major self-sabotaging factor. The Link Between Self-Esteem and Weight Loss goes into this important topic in more detail.
These all team up to help you optimize your likelihood of success … and not just for weight maintenance; the benefits of a peaceful mind go way beyond the body. Even if you just feel better about yourself by a small amount, that can be tremendously helpful as both an immediate benefit of being more happy and peaceful, as well as long-term help in the motivation department, since you’ll be assisting someone you care for even more than you did before … you! Ironically, often when one is less attached to outcomes, a wider range of effective behaviors and mental states becomes available, since the mind is willing to be in a state of self-acceptance more fully.
For additional reading, here is a book on the subject you may find inspiring:
A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson