Be Patient With Yourself In The Beginning
If you’re trying to lose weight for the first time, it’s important to be patient with yourself.
You want to be patient with yourself because when you’re at the beginning of your weight loss journey, you’re going to struggle and make a lot of beginner mistakes. For example, when you start your weight loss journey, and you’re trying to diet for the first time, you are going to struggle with food cravings.
A couple of days into your new diet you’re going to start missing all the foods you used to eat before you started your diet. Since you’re new to dieting and lack experience, you’ll probably have trouble dealing with these food cravings.
There will be some occasions where you’ll be able to resist giving into your cravings, and then there will be other occasions where you give in to your food cravings and cheat on your new diet.
It’s very important that when you’re at the beginning of your weight loss journey and you make mistakes, like giving in to your food cravings, that you are patient with yourself. The problem is that many people aren’t.
Many people that are trying to lose weight for the first time are too critical of themselves early on, and they allow every little beginner mistake that they make upset and discourage them.
It’s Okay To Make Mistakes
What these people don’t realize is that it’s quite normal to make mistakes when you’re trying to lose weight for the first time, and when they beat themselves up over every beginner mistake, they are increasing the likelihood that they will one day quit trying to achieve their weight loss goals.
You see, weight loss is supposed to be an uplifting process that makes you feel good about yourself because you’re losing weight and improving yourself.
When it’s a process that makes you feel good, you’ll be motivated to stick with it. However, if you’re constantly tearing yourself down over every mistake you make, weight loss can become a process that makes you feel negative and frequently upset.
People don’t like to do things that make them upset, so when weight loss becomes a process that frequently makes you feel upset, you are very likely to quit.
That is why you don’t want to beat yourself up over every mistake. Thus, when you’re at the beginning of your weight loss journey it’s important that you be patient with yourself, and focus on what you do right and not what you do wrong. For example, as previously mentioned, when you start your first diet you will probably struggle with food cravings and cheat on your new diet a lot.
Instead of focusing on the days when you cheat on your new diet, learn focus on the days that you adhere to your new diet correctly. Take the time to be proud of yourself, and pat yourself on the back on those occasions when you diet correctly.
When you focus on what you do right and not what you do wrong, you’re making your weight loss process a positive thing that makes you feel good. Since losing weight is a process that makes you feel good, you will be motivated to continue to try to lose weight, and you will stick with your diet.
You Will Eventually Learn How To Overcome Beginner Mistakes
If you stick with dieting long enough, you will get to the point where you start to gain knowledge and experience. Eventually, you should acquire enough knowledge to where you’re able to stop yourself from making many of your beginner mistakes. For example, if you stick with dieting long enough, you will start to become knowledgeable of tasty foods that are healthy alternatives to the unhealthy foods you’ve been craving.
As you start incorporating these healthy alternative foods into your diet, you will be able to resist cravings for unhealthy foods better and will make mistakes like cheating on your diet less.
The longer you stick with dieting, the more experienced you’ll become and the fewer mistakes you’ll make. As become more and more experienced and make fewer and fewer mistakes, you will start to gain confidence.
Once you reach the point where you are confident and feel like you know what you’re doing, there will be no stopping you. You should undoubtedly be able to achieve your weight loss goals. However, you won’t get to this point if allow beginner mistakes to overly upset you and cause you to quit early on.