When you expect adverse effects to occur, you might be bringing such effects upon yourself by simply expecting them. This kind of expectation about what might happen can very well make your entire weight loss effort unsuccessful.
If your expectations, which are psychological, can influence the impact of a drug on your brain chemistry, they can certainly have an equally powerful impact on your motivation for losing weight. What you expect will happen in your daily weight loss activities makes a real difference. Research shows, for example, that slight changes in how an obstetrician describes the discomfort felt with an epidural for labor pain changes the magnitude of the pain experienced by a woman in labor.
What you expect when you’re going through the weight loss process will, like with the woman who receives an epidural, make a difference in how you tolerate the discomfort of eating less and eating differently. What you expect will also have an impact on your ability to adhere to your weight loss routine. It is critical, therefore, that you be aware of your expectations, especially your negative expectations. What you think will occur might be the very thing you cause to happen.