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Planning to lose weight? Think about it

Spring Arrives Today

March 21, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

With Spring arriving today and Summer just around the corner, weight loss goals are top of mind for many who are about to shed their winter layers. As consumers begin their quests for healthier bodies (no doubt with exercise and nutrition plans), it is also critical to have a mental health plan in place to support weight loss goals.

Kent State University's Dr. John Gunstad offers five mental cues to help think your way thin in a way that is healthy for both body and mind.

Don't rely on "willpower". Eliminate the word from your vocabulary, because there are no strategies to boost it. Instead, plan weight loss actions in advance.

Strengthen your memory. Gunstad's most recent research reveals people with better memory have a better chance at losing weight and keeping it off. Trouble remembering? Set visual cues (like stickers on your calendar or notes on your desk) to remind you to stay in weight loss mode. The simple act of remembering to lose weight improves your chances.

Envision a clearly defined goal. Unclear goals are less motivating than something that is specific.

Assess your goal is it realistic? It is human nature to want to do too much too soon, but it is unhealthy and dangerous to try to achieve too much too soon. Small improvements add up over time.

Mentally monitor progress. Give yourself honest feedback on whether strategies are working, take note of those to continue and those to modify, and celebrate accomplishing mini-goals all will motivate you to keep move forward rather than getting stuck.



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