How You Can Stop Frustration and Start Losing Weight

Sick of the pounds not coming off?? Do you feel constantly frustrated and like you’re in a never-ending, miserable battle with food and exercise? You. Are. Not. Alone. In fact, you should know that these feelings are found more often than not in people trying to lose weight.

But you can learn to set your mind straight and make doing the right things easy. Imagine not thinking of every meal as a struggle. Imagine finally seeing progress with your weight loss goals. Imagine doing all of this without an ounce of frustration!

By adopting the right way of thinking and making a few small but highly effective changes, your weight loss results are going to speed up in a way you never thought possible. Continue reading and I’ll tell you how to accomplish all these things!

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Forgive Yourself  & Forget the Past: You are where you are, and there’s no way you can make any progress or find any peace of mind until you just learn to accept that. Thinking about where you could be now if you’d only made different decisions in the past is pointless.

Reminding yourself of when you came up short in the past will only serve the purpose of telling yourself there’s no reason to get started now. It could even cause weight gain, as you’ll stress yourself out, which has proven links to binge eating.

Those mistakes or moments of not taking action from the past can’t be changed, so it’s time for you to just forgive yourself and begin focusing on making the right decisions from this point moving forward. Don’t think of where you could be today, think of where you will be tomorrow!

Keep a Gratitude/Success Journal: To keep changing your mindset, don’t just forget the past — learn to change your way of thinking about not only how you view the past, but also how you view life moving forward. The best way I’ve found to do that is by keeping a gratitude journal.

Used by more successful people than I keep track of at this point, these positive-thinking journals all work roughly the same: each day you should sit down and write (yes, the age old act of physically writing) 5 things for which you are grateful or appreciative.

They can be as big or as small as you like, and related to anything you want. This will remind you of the good things you have, reduce your stress, and change your mindset about what you can achieve. They’re also great to look through when you’re having a bad day.

Oprah talks about her own history with using a gratitude journal in this video. Skip to the 0:40 mark to see why she also feels it’s important to actually write down your 5 points, and not just list them in your phone or computer.

Don’t Skip Breakfast: While we’re on the change-our-mindset train, let’s not forget that food is obviously going to remain an integral part of losing weight. A common go-to options for many dieters that may ring true with you is to skip breakfast when you’re dieting.

Maybe you just aren’t hungry or you’re short on time in the mornings, but you shouldn’t fall into the trap of “saving up” calories for later in the day. This causes extreme hunger which leads to overeating and surpassing the calories you would’ve eaten normally.

Schedule an Evening Walk: Want to work out without feeling like you’re working out? Schedule an evening walk with your significant other, your best friend, or just your favorite music or podcast! Shoot for 30 minutes or so, but whatever you can do will help.

You’ll not only burn calories and boost your metabolism (in a way you’ll be very likely to stick with), you’ll also improve your mood! Feeling good and satisfied with your progress will make you more likely to stick to your goals and create new, more ambitious ones as well.

Have a Tea Time: Like to relax with a nice cup of tea? Make it green and boost your weight loss! Green tea contains an antioxidant known as catechin which will raise your resting metabolism by about 4%. That means burning an additional ~80 calories per day.

Over time, that will add up in a big way. If you’re able, try to enjoy your green tea somewhere quiet where you can do something you find relaxing like read, reflect, or have a quiet conversation with someone you care about.

Eat the “Right” Way for You: Nutrition researcher John Barban has long been known for his focus on the inherent differences between men and women when it comes to getting results from diet and exercise. He recently started emphasizing what he calls the “5 wonder veggies for women.”

Studies showed that when women added these common vegetables to their diet their metabolisms (and as a result, weight loss) increased significantly, regardless of the woman’s lifestyle or body shape. Learn the 5 veggies in this video (1:05 mark) that explains how it works.

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