This is a different kind of positive. It’s not put away your negative thinking and be positive. It is not finding ways to cheer yourself out of the dumps. The positive here has to do with overeating and overweight and what they do for you; how they are positive for you, and not only negative for you.
If you were to do an exercise in which you listed the positives and negatives of weight loss, and then you listed the positives and negatives of not losing any weight, what would it look like? Try it.
Weight Loss Not Losing Weight
Positives Negatives Positives Negatives
Here’s what the list looks like for most people. Lots of positives and few negatives for weight loss. Lots of negatives and few positives for not losing weight.
The weight-loss process is made a whole lot easier, though, if you work hard on coming up with positives for not losing weight. That’s right—there are positives about not losing weight, and you need to identify them if you are going to give yourself a fighting chance to do something about your weight issue.
The positives about not losing weight are all the things that will get in your way when you try to lose weight, and when you try to maintain your weight loss. These are the obstacles that you face. They are the tough dieting foes that throw you off your weight-loss course. They above all else will make you a weight-loss failure.
So using psychology to lose weight means identifying the positives for you of staying fat, keeping the weight on, eating the way you do, not sticking to your weight-loss plan, regaining weight that you’ve lost.
First, focus on these positives. Get to know them as well as you know the back of your hand. Focusing on them is the first step along the way to fixing them. You may not think so now, but just focusing on the positives of not losing weight is a big step in the direction of fixing them. Really acknowledging the reasons why you gained so much weight and have kept it on for so long is a true eye opener. Forewarned is forearmed, and your awareness of these positives for staying overweight will help you maneuver your way through the process of weight loss with a lot less hassle.