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For & against

Struggling to stick to a healthy eating plan can be frustrating. Despite knowing what we should be doing, we often find ourselves giving in to high-calorie foods and alcohol, which can make us feel out of control. But don’t be too hard on yourself. This lack of willpower is not a sign of weakness or being useless. In fact, it’s your sneaky subconscious at work, driving you to make poor food choices. It’s important to recognise this and be kind to yourself. You can overcome these challenges by understanding your subconscious motivations and finding healthy alternatives to satisfy your cravings. Remember, you are not alone in this journey.

What is our subconscious? It is the part of our mind that works automatically without us thinking about it. It controls our habits, emotions, and beliefs. It can affect our food choices by making us crave certain foods or making us eat even when we’re not hungry. For example, if we have a habit of eating sweets when we’re stressed, our subconscious may make us crave sweets when we’re feeling stressed, even if we don’t consciously want them. It takes conscious effort and awareness to change our subconscious habits and make healthier food choices.

Let’s face it, losing weight can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions. But fear not, because a for-and-against list is like having your very own personal cheerleader and problem-solver all rolled into one! Not only does it help you remember why you wanted to shed those pounds in the first place, but it also helps you prepare for any bumps in the road that may come your way. So go ahead and make that list, and let it be the wind beneath your wings as you soar towards your weight loss goals!

Finding a quiet space and creating a list of reasons for and against weight loss can be a powerful tool on your journey towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s important to be honest with yourself as you make this list, as it can help you identify potential obstacles and uncover deeper reasons for why you may resist making changes. By regularly revisiting and updating your list, you may gain a greater understanding of yourself and the motivations driving your weight loss journey. Trust us, when you discover those reasons, it’ll be like a lightbulb moment that’ll help you understand yourself on a whole new level. So get ready to slay those weight loss dragons and become the champion of your own journey!

List the reasons you want to be slim 

Some of those questions may be….

  • Why do I want to lose weight? 
  • What are the benefits of being slim? 
  • How will my life improve if I lose weight? 
  • What positive changes can happen if I become slim? 
  • What do I look forward to when I reach my weight loss goal?

List the reasons you might not want to lose weight 

Some of those questions may be….

  • What is it I don’t like about being slim?
  • What is it that I don’t like about losing weight?
  • What bad things could happen if I become slim
  • In what ways do I use my weight as an excuse for certain things?
  • Am I afraid of failing in my weight loss journey?

Once you’ve made your FOR list, imagine yourself in vivid detail as the slim and healthy version of yourself, living the life you want and enjoying special occasions and daily routines. Visualise each reason on your list and feel the positive emotions associated with achieving your weight loss goals. For instance, if you want to fit into a new dress, picture yourself putting it on, zipping it up, and walking confidently into a room wearing it. Allow yourself to fully experience the positive feelings associated with your weight loss journey. Take a few minutes throughout the day to indulge in these positive visualisations and enjoy the process of becoming the best version of yourself. You’ve got this!

After creating your list of reasons against weight loss, it’s important to take a reality check. Are you telling yourself that you have to give up all of your favourite foods and drinks, like chips and alcohol? Think carefully about whether that’s really true. It’s possible that you’re scaring yourself and exaggerating the negatives. Maybe you’re putting too much pressure on yourself with difficult targets. It’s also possible that you believe losing weight will change your entire personality or life purpose, but it won’t. So take out the negatives and turn your messages into positive affirmations. Repeat phrases like “I can feel confident, healthy, and happy while being slim” to yourself throughout the day, so your subconscious can take it in. Remember to be kind to yourself and focus on the positive.