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Mind over matter. How to get in the right mindset for weight-loss

Choosing a Meal Replacement Diet such as Slim & Save takes consideration, confidence and ongoing motivation. To make it a success you have to both want to do it in the first place AND be able to stick with it. So how can you ensure that you are doing all the right things to prepare yourself mentally for a Meal Replacement Diet?

Five Steps to Achieving a Weight-loss Mindset

Mind over matterGetting your mindset right requires that you set your foundations correctly at the outset. Follow these five simple steps to get you on the right track with Slim & Save from the getgo.

Step One

Write a list of reasons. How much do you really want to lose weight? Make a list of all the reasons for wanting to lose weight e.g. for more energy, for health reasons, to look younger, for a special occasion, to run around with your kids - whatever you feel is relevant. Keep your list with you wherever you can and read it first thing every morning and last thing at night. Revise the list if circumstances change. Positive reinforcement of your goals compounds the desire to achieve them.

Step Two

Get support. Ensuring that your family and friends are on your side is a huge advantage. They can provide encouragement and support that will help you through the most difficult periods of your weight-loss journey. In another article we discuss how ‘Diet Saboteurs’ can attempt to make your fail in your weight-loss attempt. This is basically because others can feel uncomfortable or threatened by your positivity and will do what they can to minimise your success. To avoid this pitfall with weight-loss, be sure to inform your friends and family of your desire to lose weight and your reasons for doing so. Failure to do this will slow down your progress.

Step Three

Imagine your success. At regular points throughout your day, take the time to visualise yourself at your target weight and size. Time spent queuing at a supermarket till or waiting for a bus can provide you with an ideal opportunity to imagine what you will look like once you have achieved the goals that you have set. Visualise what you will look like in the clothes you want to be able to wear and how those clothes will feel on you. Imagine the conversations you will have, what you will be saying and how other people will respond to you. Visualisation of you at your best can be fantastic motivation to start on your Slim & Save weight-loss journey.

Step Four

Look at how others have achieved success with Slim & Save. The success stories of others can be motivational to you throughout your entire weight-loss journey. Reading how other people just like you managed to lose weight can be very inspirational. These are stories of ordinary people who were determined to make something happen in their lives and achieved it. When you are feeling low, if you have a set-back on your weight-loss journey or just need some inspiration, you can re-read these stories in order to help you focus on the task ahead. If they can do it, there’s nothing to stop you doing it too.

Claire Haywood chose Slim & Save after an internet search for Very Low Calorie and Meal Replacement Diets. She lost three and a half stones in 18 weeks. Claire was motivated by wanting to increase her confidence. She also found the Slim & Save Facebook page a great source of support. Read more about Claire by clicking here.

Step Five

Record your success. As you progress, it is important to keep a record of how you are doing. Once you start to lose weight a personal diary/notebook/spreadsheet will act as a further incentive to keep things moving. Include your weight, measurements and also include photos where possible. Along your journey you will see that even if your weight-loss is not substantial every week, it will prove to you that change is possible. Psychologically, it is important to understand that any change is better than no change at all. If you have the opportunity to do so, chart your success so that you have a visual record to place on the fridge or the outside (or inside) of one of your cupboards in the kitchen - always visible when you take a visit there for one of those unnecessary snacks!

By getting focused and understanding your mindset at the start of your weight-loss journey you will be able, not only to lose the weight on your Meal Replacement Diet, but also keep it off.

Comments on Mind over matter. How to get in the right mindset for weight-loss
Jennifer Goodall 28/03/2017 08:58
Simple but effective 5 steps that can really make all the difference.
polly edmonds 02/10/2014 19:16
I have always been really slim and now at 60 I have put on a stone and feel bloated and fat around the middle, hate mirrors and want to get my mo jo back.....i am away in 3 weeks can i do this ????
Isla Mcewan 29/09/2014 10:09
Well here goes, first order placed. Will need to go around the house and get rid of(eat) junk food before Saturday.
jacqueline courcier 22/09/2014 14:09
Its so true you do have to be in the right frame of mind. but once you are there is no stopping you, I am now taking back my control and loving it. x
Angela May 24/08/2014 21:45
well if others can do it so can i!
kelly 23/08/2014 08:10
I lost 3 St and have now put on a stone I need to get back on track.I felt so good now feeling disappointed with myself help !!!!!
Emma Robbins 14/08/2014 13:08
The support I am reviving is unbelievable ! The biggest thing for me is this is the first time in my adult life I haven't felt hungry ! Thank you
Jackie Wade 01/08/2014 08:19
Im on a mission... I gave up smoking 6 months ago after 30 years! and now have to lose weight.. I have opted for the Simplicity plan as best suited to me ( I don't have to think about it to much) ! Im in 5th day and it's getting easier 8lbs lost already would like to see a few more by the end of the week. Have got 8 more stone to loose before I can go on my holiday to the states and not need to ask for the extension for the seat belt... Keep visualizing myself in shorts so I can enjoy the warm weather and not have to hide in the shade hot sticky and out of breath if I walk anywhere.... My dad once told me "If you really want something you will either save, make sacrifices or just get on with it and do it!" I always think of him telling me that when I think of going off track.. Im determined this time to loose the weight and keep it off! It doe's get easier...
Abby burt 22/07/2014 10:12
Step one....I am
Pledging that I will complete this list by the end if the week.
Step two... Hubby is on plan with me which makes things a lot easier
Step three...I'm
Getting good at this! Any opportunity to daydream about fitting into the 3 quarters of my wardrobe that doesn't fit!
Step four....the Facebook page really is a great resource for ideas to keep focused, and support and inspiration when you need spurring on.
Step five...I have a drawing of flowers on my fridge door... Each flower made up of 7 petals, to represent half a stone. Colouring in isn't just for kids ya know! And it's a great visual tool. Soon my garden will be full of colour :-)
cathy wpod 21/07/2014 07:39
nothing tastes as good as being slim!

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