Weight Loss

While there are many different ways of going about the process of losing weight to a greater or lesser degree, most of all strategies and theories that currently exist on the subject still boil down to two or three main, basic means of achieving weight loss. These involve what a person eats and how much activity a person gets each day. These physical aspects of a person's health and general weight are only one side of the coin.

weight lossThe other side is the governing of the body by the mental state and this is probably the biggest single factor in determining whether a person will lose weight or not and how much they will lose depending upon what they do to try and lose it, or indeed, whether a person will gain weight due to their diet and lifestyle choices.

The Defining Mental State

This is where a person is defined by the way they think, act and interact with others. You will know them better as a positive or a negative person, an outgoing or a withdrawn person, an optimist or a pessimist, an extrovert or an introvert. These are labels that people get assigned to them because of their predominant outward appearance as others see them, although they may not always be perfectly pigeon-holed as such.

That's because we are all different in some ways and we may be mostly optimistic, which at other times we may slip into being pessimistic. A person's underlying mood can and often does change through out the day and is influenced by external factors such as hearing good or bad news, trying to do something and being successful or failing at it, having a minor accident or narrowly avoiding one, etc.

Their underlying mood can also be influenced internally, by what they are thinking about. This is something that many people are unaware or ignorant of, yet their own minds are a powerful tool they could use to their advantage if only they knew how to.

Did you know that you can change your underlying mood quickly and easily just by thinking about something for long enough?

If you are in a grumpy mood, you can change it to a happy mood simply by thinking about a very pleasant experience you recently enjoyed and staying with that thought for a while. Similarly, you can change from a happy mood to a grumpy one simply by picking up a newspaper and reading some headlines, which are nearly always bad news.

Choose to Be in a Good Mood

What you want to do, in order to give yourself the best chance of improving your health and losing weight is to get your predominant mood into a good one and do everything you can to keep it there. Because when you are in a good mood, everything seems to be better, life seems easier and whatever you do seems far more pleasant and enjoyable.

You can do this in a number of ways and all of them are pleasant things to do. You can try greeting everyone you meet with a smile! Adding a good word goes a long way and the happy response you get back acts to lift your mood still higher. If you have a pet, then spend some time enjoying its company, petting it and playing with it. You often find that a pet's antics will make you laugh and you should! Laughter is scientifically known to boost a person's ability to overcome ill health! It also helps to lift your mood to that of a very happy state.

When you are happy, you are more likely to readily accept a healthy diet in favor of an unhealthy one. You are also more likely to want to get outdoors into the fresh air and sunshine and simply enjoy a nice long walk or even take up running or swimming for the pure enjoyment of it.

This is probably one of the best of the basic tips for weight loss that anyone can have. It's a funny thing, but when you take up any activity because you really enjoy it, you not only feel more fulfilled in life, but the activity, even though it doesn't feel like exercise, is exactly that and helps to boost your metabolism so your body can burn off its store of excess fat, which if course leads to weight loss and a general improvement in your overall health.

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