The most important step towards successfully losing weight is to set the right goals.
Many people trying to lose weight simply focus on “Weight Loss”.
However, the most productive areas to focus on are the dietary and exercise changes that will lead to that long-term weight change.
It might help reach your weight loss goals if you understand the behaviours that will help you lose weight. We call it the psychology of dieting 🙂
The Psychology of Dieting
Set The Right Goals
Successful weight managers understand the behaviours that will help you lose weight and only select two or three goals at a time. They know that it is much easier to make small changes than try to do it all at once. Additionally, the goals must meet the following criteria of useful goals:
Effective goals are 1) specific; 2) attainable, and 3) forgiving (less than perfect). “Exercise more” is a commendable ideal, but it’s not specific.
“Walk five miles every day” is specific and measurable, but is it attainable if you ‘re just starting out?” Walking 30 minutes every day” is more attainable, but what happens if you’re held up at work one day and there’s a thunderstorm during your walking time another day? ” A walk for 30 minutes, five days each week” is specific, attainable, and forgiving. In short, a great goal!
Use our Sample Walking Program (a PDF File) to help you get started.
Physical Exercise: The Way to Wellness
Have you ever gone to sleep at night, swearing you’ll go to the gym in the morning, and then changing your mind just eight hours later because when you get up, you don’t feel like exercising?
Or it’s too wet, too hot, you can’t decide what to wear. Or you promise yourself that you WILL do it tomorrow – sound familiar?
So to make it really simple for you, we have put together an exercise program that we are confident will work for anyone.
Take a look at our ==> Healthy life: your 7 days program and see for yourself!
Behaviours That Will Help You Lose Weight
Twenty Minutes Twice a Day
The regular practice of Vedic Meditation, for just twenty minutes twice a day, with simple changes in your lifestyle, such as eating a low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet [Heart Healthy Diet], regular physical activity, and managing your weight can dramatically help keep your cholesterol low and reduce your chance of developing heart disease as well as improve your health in other ways.
Nothing Succeeds Like Success
Shaping is a behavioral technique in which you select a series of short-term goals that get closer and closer to the ultimate goal (e. g., an initial reduction of fat intake from 40% of calories to 35% of calories, and later to 30%).
It is based on the concept that “nothing succeeds like success.” Shaping uses two important behavioral principles:
1) consecutive goals that move you ahead in small steps are the best way to reach a distant point; and
2) consecutive rewards keep the overall effort invigorated.
Success (But Not With Food)
Rewards that you control can be used to encourage attainment of behavioral goals, especially those that have been difficult to reach. An effective reward is something that is desirable, timely, and contingent on meeting your goal.
The rewards you administer may be tangible (e. g., a movie or music CD or a payment toward buying a more costly item) or intangible (e. g., an afternoon off from work or just an hour of quiet time away from family). Numerous small rewards, delivered for meeting smaller goals, are more effective than bigger rewards, requiring a long, difficult effort.
Self-monitoring refers to observing and recording some aspect of your behaviour, such as calorie intake, servings of fruits and vegetables, exercise sessions, medication usage, etc., or an outcome of these behaviours, such as weight.
The self-monitoring of a behaviour can be used at times when you’re not sure how you’re doing, and at times when you want the behaviour to improve. Self-monitoring of a behaviour usually changes the behaviour in the desired direction and can produce ” real-time” records for review by you and your health care provider.
For example, keeping a record of your exercise can let you and your provider know quickly how you’re doing, and when the record shows that your exercise is increasing, you’ll be encouraged to keep it up. Some people find that specific self-monitoring forms make it easier, while others prefer to use their own recording system.
While you may or may not wish to weigh yourself frequently while losing weight, regular monitoring of your weight will be essential to help you maintain your lower weight. When keeping a record of your weight, a graph may be more informative than a list of your weights.
When weighing yourself and keeping a weight graph or table, however, remember that one day’s diet and exercise patterns won’t have a measurable effect on your fat weight the next day. Today’s weight is not a true measure of how well you followed your program yesterday, because your body’s water weight will change much more from day to day than will your fat weight, and water changes are often the result of things that have nothing to do with your weight-management efforts.
Avoid a Chain Reaction
Stimulus (cue) control involves learning what social or environmental cues seem to encourage undesired eating and then changing those cues. For example, you may learn from reflection or from self-monitoring records that you’re more likely to overeat while watching television, or whenever treats are on display by the office coffee pot or when around a certain friend.
You might then try to sever the association of eating with the cue (don’t eat while watching television), avoid or eliminate the cue (leave the coffee room immediately after pouring coffee), or change the circumstances surrounding the cue (plan to meet with a friend in non-food settings). In general, visible and accessible food items are often cues for unplanned eating.
Get The (Fullness) Message
Changing the way you go about eating can make it easier to eat less without feeling deprived. It takes 15 or more minutes for your brain to get the message you’ve been fed. Slowing the rate of eating can allow satiety (fullness) signals to begin to develop by the end of the meal.
Eating lots of vegetables can also make you feel fuller. Another trick is to use smaller plates so that moderate portions do not appear meager. Changing your eating schedule, or setting one, can be helpful, especially if you tend to skip, or delay, meals and overeat later.
Exercise Plays an Important Role in Maintaining Health
Exercise increases circulation and helps remove the toxins and impurities that have accumulated in the physiology
These deposits are a major factor in the breakdown of the resistance of the body. Exercise is a key procedure for helping the body’s natural internal cleansing processes.
Exercise Instructions for all body types
Monitoring Blood Pressure at Home
The benefit of monitoring your blood pressure yourself is that you will have a much better understanding of your condition
Calculate your Body Mass Index Now!
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There are many things you can do to prevent heart disease and/or just stay healthy:
… the combination of Vedic Meditation, for twenty minutes twice a day, with a good diet – especially a low fat, low salt diet – and physical exercise, should see a dramatic change in your health.
Vedic Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques available for reducing stress and anxiety. It is also one of the easiest to learn and simplest to practice.
If you are in Auckland (NZ) call me, Warwick Jones, on 021 532 768. Or email to find our how Vedic Meditation could help you achieve better health.
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