Losing weight is just as much a mental game as it is a physical one. When it comes down to it, it’s your mind that controls your choice to order dessert, go for a walk or even get weight loss surgery in the first place. Your body is just along for the ride.
Unfortunately, your mind can play some pretty mean tricks on you, like when you eat a weight loss-friendly meal but can’t think of anything but the ice cream in the freezer. That isn’t your stomach craving those sweets—it’s all in your head. If you aren’t careful, your mind can lead you to stray from your bariatric center’s guidelines, slowing the progress you’re making towards your goal.
If you want to be successful, you need to be all in with your weight loss goals. That means you need to be mentally and physically prepared for the challenges that will face you at your bariatric center and beyond.
How Are You Approaching Your Lap Band Experience?
The way that you mentally approach your weight loss journey has a big impact on your overall success. To get the most out of your Lap Band experience, you should be positive, realistic and ready for anything.
- Be Positive: What good has ever come of doubting yourself? The power of positivity isn’t something reserved for motivational gurus—it is a scientifically proven thing, especially in regards to weight loss progress.
- Be Realistic: Too many people go into their bariatric center with unrealistic expectations, and end up leaving unsatisfied as a result. Weight loss is a process and will not happen overnight. Talk with your Lap Band surgeon about creating goals that are healthy, timely and relevant to your needs.
- Be Ready: The best way to power through a mental obstacle is to take action. The more you sit and question what is going on, the more your mental block will grow. Don’t overthink it! If you find yourself starting to wonder if you have to go for a walk tonight, throw on your sneakers and finish the thought process on your way out the door. The quicker you push yourself into action, the better you’ll be able to overcome mental trip-ups.
The weight loss process isn’t something you should take on alone. Talk to your friends and let them know about your commitment to Lap Band and a healthier lifestyle. You might be surprised to find out how well a bit of social support can propel you past a mental barrier.