Weight Management: Stop Negative Thoughts
It can be hard to get to and stay at a healthy weight. It takes healthy eating and regular exercise. These can be hard changes to make. But you can help yourself succeed just by thinking that you can succeed. If you tell yourself negative things—"I can't do this. Why bother?"—change will be harder. But if you encourage yourself with thoughts like "I can do this," you can raise your chance of success.
With time and practice, you can change what you say to yourself. You can learn to think in a healthy way even when you make a mistake.
- Negative thoughts can make it harder to reach and stay at a healthy weight.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of therapy that can help you replace negative thoughts with accurate, realistic ones.
- Changing your thinking will take some time. You need to practice healthy thinking every day. After a while, it will come naturally.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 3, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Catherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health
Reference Sue Barton, PhD, PsyD - Behavioral Health