Mental Health Awareness Week
Food, mood and our perception of self are all intimately connected. To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we unpick the connection between mental health and weight management. We also explore exante’s top tips for staying positive during your weight loss journey.
Mental Health & Weight Management
Most of us will have realised by now that weight loss journeys are rarely a breeze. Ensuring we keep a balanced diet, whilst also juggling life, it’s easy to see how so many of us can feel overwhelmed and lose confidence in our abilities manage our weight.
Oftentimes, we’re able to pick ourselves back up, dust ourselves off and find enjoyment in our journey. Problems arise, however, when we’re not able to do this and the negative thoughts and feelings we have start to build up.
How to stay motivated throughout your weight loss journey
So, without further ado, here’s some tips to stay motivated and positive throughout your weight loss journey:
- Set realistic goals – Setting goals that are overambitious are more likely to be unachievable. Ensure that you’re setting SMART goals. Click here for more information on how to set SMART goals and how to have a successful exante journey.
- Have realistic expectations – Setting yourself goals that challenge you can be a great way to drive your motivation. Though, setting goals that are too drastic, and even unachievable can do the opposite. There’s bound to be set backs and ups and downs along your weight loss journey. The best thing to do is to stay consistent, stay motivated, and most of all – have fun!
- Don’t compare yourself to others – You’ve heard this before and you’ll hear it again, every person’s body is different. Some people may lose weight very quickly, others may find it takes them a little longer to shake the excess weight. This can be for multiple reasons, from hormones to lifestyle. It’s understandable, if not helpful, to use other people’s transitions and progress as motivation, but try not to focus too much of your time on it. Instead, concentrate more of your time on celebrating your own progress and achievements. Remember, everyone has different bodies, has different lifestyles, has different routines and preferences.
- Don’t weigh too often – Every person’s weight fluctuates hour to hour, day to day. Weighing daily, or just too often will not give a realistic view of your weight loss. Stick to once a week, preferably first thing in the morning, before you’ve eaten and after you’ve been to the toilet. Note that other things, like the time of the month, can also affect the number of the scales.
- Forgive yourself – Sticking to a strict diet is not easy. It’s only human to crave a treat and have a slight slip up from time to time. The point is, it’s fine to have a treat, as long as we see it as a treat, we enjoy it, and we understand that we should enjoy treats on occasion, not every day.
- Be kind to yourself – It’s very easy to blame yourself and speak to yourself in a way you would never speak to others. Instead of being judgemental of your progress or your body image, be kind to yourself. Remind yourself why you’re taking this journey and how far you’ve come and use positive affirmations to keep you motivated and optimistic.
- Be kind to your body – Oftentimes, when we’re stressed or feeling down, we can easily fall into unhealthful habits. For some, this may include relying on a few too many caffeinated drinks to give us a boost, whilst others may find ourselves reaching for one too many glasses of wine each night. Whilst these drinks in moderation won’t do much harm, having more than we should can accentuate feelings of anxiety and depression. Looking for a tasty alternative? Our BURST Mocktail and Caffeine-Free BURST range are the perfect vitamin-packed substitute which certainly packs a punch!