Being Physically Fit Is Part Of Being Psychologically Healthy Too

The amount of diets and exercise fads in the United States is innumerable. Maybe this happens because there are a lot of people who, after embracing a diet for several months, gain all the weight they lost back all too quickly. Maybe because of the high percentage of overweight people in the United States that many nutritionists, dieticians, and all others feel an obligation to promote (and hope to profit from) diet and exercise plans. Maybe because it’s the media and pop culture that highly value slender bodies, making everyone who does not fit in that category feel extremely pressured to fit in. If you fit in that disliked category, you know that your mind is suffering a lot too.

Losing weight is not easy, keeping weight off is even harder. The harder one tries, the more temptations and cravings there are. Staying fit is as hard on the mind as it is on the body. Take the word diet, for example. Anyone who does not like to prohibit certain types or amounts of food hates this word. To them, the word diet means: die (on) it. However, in order to lose and keep off excess weight, one needs to not only apply a diet to their life but must also be able to fully embrace this word. When one is able to accept and cheerfully abide by the rules of a diet, they are mentally prepared to lose weight-which is absolutely necessary in being able to keep off weight in the future. Changing the way someone looks at diets and exercising may seem to be an inefficient method of losing weight, but if one does change their perspective the results will show.

Staying physically fit is not just about self-control and understanding healthy eating habits, it’s an issue of mind over matter. Overcoming thought processes that allowed and justified weight gain can be done through goal setting, detailed planning, and especially repetition. After one sets a goal, specifies plans (written down) that include specific dates and methods, and reinforces the belief that one will lose weight by reading aloud a document of one’s plan and hopes as if it had already occurred, then one will be prepared to mentally take on the challenges of losing weight. There are many benefits to exercising, eating healthy, and, in general, staying in shape. One of these benefits, perhaps the best benefit, is the quality of mind that exercise and healthy eating habits eventually induces: a mentally healthy mindset and good self-esteem.

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