Controversial subject this; ask any woman who’s spent her life dieting and she’ll probably say once I get to a certain weight or get into my summer bikini or whatever the goal is, then I’ll be happy.

In a study of 1,979 overweight and obese adults in the UK, people who lost 5% or more of their initial body weight over four years showed significant changes in markers of physical health, but were more likely to report depressed mood than those who stayed within 5% of their original weight.

And the reason for this I believe is very simple:

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Check out what the dictionary says is the number one definition of the word ‘diet’ “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats”. That’s it – but the world has changed and the meaning is now much more about “a special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either for weight loss or for medical reasons.”

And the important word here is ‘restrictive’. Going on a restrictive diet will often make a person cranky and unhappy, so obviously that’s not the solution for long term happiness. Weight loss can make you feel good, temporarily, but once off that ‘diet’ the weight comes back on, often even more than when you started – and that’s when the misery really starts – minus square one! Certainly not very happy about that are you?

And it’s so easy to say “well do what a thin person naturally does” and stop focusing on the food but ask anyone who goes on a diet and they’ll tell you they become obsessed about what they can eat at the next meal. It is the only thing they focus on!

Of course once you do lose weight it can improve your health; you might sleep better, have more energy, your skin could be clearer, and you can start wearing some smaller size clothes, even relationships can improve. So it would seem that ‘happiness’ is yours forever. But, if this is at the expense of being miserable, due to the fact that you’re ‘denying’ yourself, then that’s no way to live. Life is far too short for that.weight loss truly bring you happiness?And it’s the ‘I’ll be happy when’ syndrome It’s always somewhere off in the distance.

Weight loss and happiness can be related but not to the exclusion of all else.

Happiness I believe comes from within not outside of ourselves. If you are happy with who you are surprisingly things just ‘work out’.

It’s called the ‘Law of Attraction’; what we put out (or think about) is what we receive.

Ever said, it’s going to be an awful day and then by golly by the end of the day you sure knew it.

Or the other side of the coin, ever felt so excited about the day because something was going to happen like you were going on holiday or had just fallen in love, and that day just got better and better and you got even more than you hoped for (in a good way)

Well there is a way to re-train your mind where your days can be full of the happiness where you can get the results of weight loss, for instance, by ‘thinking yourself slimmer’

The sub conscious doesn’t have a sense of humour – what you ‘tell’ it becomes true for you – so if you look in the mirror and say you hate your body, then unfortunately losing weight will not be easy.

If, on the other hand, (and this does take some ‘training’) you tell yourself you have a great happy healthy energetic slender body somehow the weight comes off because you don’t want stuff that is unhealthy.

A motivational speaker and guru, Zig Zigler, once said “motivation is like bathing, you have to do it daily for it to be effective”

So the real way to enjoy weight loss and happiness in your life is to re-train your thoughts and beliefs.

It really is that simple.

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