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Mental exercise is the key to weight loss

Friday, July 29, 2011

There is a reason that the diet industry is one of the top businesses in the world. Millions of people are looking for the right diet or the right pill -- anything to get rid of those extra pounds.

What many people don't realize is that there really is no substitute for good old-fashioned hard work. You don't need a magical weight loss pill or a bookshelf full of fad diet books. All you need is some drive, determination, and support.

I know from personal experience that it is hard to get up in the morning and exercise. I know that it is difficult to eat a healthy lunch while everyone around me is eating cheeseburgers and pizza. Overcoming the temptations and distractions takes a tremendous amount of mental strength. That's right, whether you are trying to drop a couple of pounds or lose a hundred, your mind has to be your strongest muscle.

Just like a professional athlete works out in the weight room to build up his or her biceps, triceps, abs, etc., your mind has to be worked out as well. I got myself to the point where I am now because I allowed myself to quit.

A mental workout is just as important as a physical work out and is often much more difficult.

Working out the mind can be done during a physical workout. For example, finishing that last lap around the track without stopping to walk even if you legs are heavy and it gets hard, or toughing out that last set of push-ups as your arms and chest are aching.

Outside of the gym the mind continues to need exercising. This can be done by saying no to that trip to the vending machine or sticking to your turkey sandwich rather than going out to the all-you-can-eat buffet. I find that this mental workout is often the most difficult. Personally, I have found that eating has become a bit of a hobby. I pass time by eating; I eat when I'm bored.

I have been working on this a lot lately and I can tell you that it is very tough at first, but it does get easier and the difficulty will subside and the reward of a thinner waistline and a healthier body will be on its way.

Michael Pommier
The Shrinking Man