3 Steps: How to Make (& Keep) New Year Resolutions to Lose Weight
Recently People Magazine did a "They Lost half Their Size" issue to spotlight individuals who had lost alot of weight without drugs or surgery. So how did they do it?
There seems to be three common factors behind their success, which you can apply to your New Year's Resolution to lose weight.
1) A commitment to change. The first essential step? A belief that they could do it. This part is often difficult. Half the battle is not letting your doubt and fears become a road block. If you don't think you can do it, your behavior will create a "self-filling prophecy." In other words you will do things unconsciously that support the notion that it just won't work.
2) Addressing the emotional eating. This is one of the reasons most diets fail. You can change what you eat, but if you don't address the emotions driving mindless eating, it isn't likely to go anywhere. Some of the participants called themselves "closet eaters" or "emotional eaters." They had to substitute emotional eating with healthy alternatives and outlets.
3) Be mindfully aware of when you eat. Mindfulness, and more specifically mindful eating, isn't a new concept. In fact, it is centuries old and based on the Eastern concept of mindfulness or “pure awareness.” If you are eating mindfully, you are aware and attentive to all dimensions of eating. It includes mindfulness of the mind, body, thoughts and feelings. More on this...