Dialing In A Dieting Mindset

They say success in athletic competition is as much mental toughness as it is physical performance. Research recently published in the journal BioPsychoSocial Medicine suggests this psychological/physiological balance may also play a key role in weight loss. After profiling the emotions of 101 obese patients involved in a 6-month nutrition, exercise and counseling program, those who improved self-orientation through counseling were much more likely to lose weight.

The Bigger Picture: Although starting a weight loss program being self-aware and optimistic isn't necessarily bad, similar studies have shown that negative emotions can have a positive effect on behavior modification. The more overweight people want to change, the more progress they make, and the longer they stick with a program. It should be noted that most of the subjects who took part in this program ended up exhibiting a more positive self-image than when they started.
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