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How Your Thoughts Can Lead to Weight Gain

Your mind is a powerful tool that can make or break your quest to slim down, and the combination of a positive attitude and realistic goals goes a long way when it comes to reaching your goals. Avoid these sabotaging thoughts that often lead to weight gain.

"I just got married so to heck with dieting and exercise. It's time to celebrate!"
You worked hard in the months leading up to the big day and it showed when you walked down the aisle. But saying your vows and slipping on that wedding band shouldn't give you the green light to throw all your hard work out the window. Definitely take time to celebrate, but don't overdo it. Keep up with your exercise routine and healthy diet so you can continue to look and feel good in your amazing body.

"I worked out this morning so I can eat whatever I want."
A typical 30-minute workout burns about 300 calories, so you do the math. Does that mean you can eat two slices of pizza, a bag of potato chips, a cupcake from a co-worker's birthday, and a huge burrito? In order to lose a pound a week, you need to cut out or burn a total of 500 calories a day. If you splurge at night just because you hit the gym in the morning, the numbers on the scale will end up rising.

"That girl over there is eating a sundae, and she looks skinny, so I can have one too."
Unfortunately, there are people who can eat whatever they want and never gain a pound. If you know in your heart you're not one of those people, don't try to convince yourself that you are.

"I'll always have a weight problem, so I'm not even going to try to lose weight."
You can't give up before trying! If you've always struggled with your weight, figure out how to stop the cycle. Whether you need to meet with your doctor, join a weight loss program, hire a personal trainer, or take cooking lessons, making that first positive change toward your journey to a healthier and more fit you is the hardest part.

What other thoughts do you have that get in the way of reaching your weight loss goals?

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