Looking to lose weight? Believe it or not, these 3 words can help!
In last week’s post, we talked about how important the language you use is when it comes to achieving your health goals. You may be surprised to learn that words can also be powerful tools for helping you lose weight!
When you first set your weight loss goals, one of the things you may have done is write them down or keep them on a motivational poster or maybe on your fridge. Though though you initially did these things to help you achieve your weight loss goals, they may actually be hindering you if the wording is negative. In fact, the wording of your goals can have a lot to do with your success on an emotional and mental level.
If you are looking for inspiration to help you lose weight this year, you may want to consider re-writing your weight loss goals, and incorporating these 3 powerful words.
The word “will” sets out the expectation from the beginning that you are going to achieve your goal. The word also helps you to focus on the end result as being positive and eliminates the option of failure.
Saying you will do something is like making a to do list for your day. You know you will eat at some point. You know you will do the laundry, clean the house, work, or meet with friends. Losing weight can be viewed the same way.
By using the word “will” in your goals, your mind will also see it as a task that is virtually complete – instead of one that may require more effort and still fail like the words “might” or “try” can suggest.
You may not think of this word as a powerful one to use in weight loss planning. But the truth is, the word “develop” can suggest a lot of positive things to your mind. For example, it suggests that you are working on something. It suggests that you don’t have to do it all in one day, one week, or even one month. You are developing what works for you just like your body is developing and evolving as you pursue your weight loss goals. You are growing and so is your weight loss plan and that is a positive thing.
“When” is a very powerful word that should always be in your goals as a way to transition into a next step or to a reward. Ideally, you should use the word “when” to describe your reward for reaching a short-term or long-term goal. When tells your mind and body that you will not only reach your goal, but that there is a valuable reward and a light at the end of the tunnel. This can be a hugely positive word for people who feel like they are just grinding away with no end in sight or no enjoyment throughout the process.
In addition to using these three words, here are a few more tips that can help you lose weight. First, remove negative wording from your goals. Also, consider removing phrases that suggest you might fail like “may” or “might.”
Using these tips, together with the three powerful words mentioned above, can help put you in a positive, happy mindset that will help you stick to and achieve your weight loss goals in a healthy and stress-free way.