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Attitude and Optimism Key to Weight Loss

September 17, 2012

By:  Coach Maria – Salus Nutritionist & Food Expert

If you are trying to lose weight, you probably have tried different approaches to get or remain motivated.  You are not alone.  There are groups and organizations trying to figure out the multi-billion dollar question.

On one hand, we have the health authorities regulating the size of soda we can order at a restaurant or banning chocolate milk at schools.

On the other hand, we have researchers working to figure out what motivates successful and long-term weight loss, especially in a country where obesity rates continue to climb at alarming rates.

Research has elicited some fascinating data regarding the attitude we have during a weight loss journey and how it can affect its success.

Studies have shown that negative ads, billboards or even commercials that deal with obesity; have little to no effect on motivating someone to lose weight.

One recent study from Melbourne University, showed that the more a person believed they could change their life by their own actions, the more successful they were at eating healthier, exercising more and eliminating smoking.

“Our research shows a direct link between the type of personality/attitude a person has and a healthy lifestyle,”  says Professor Cobb-Clark at the University of Melbourne.

Positive messages, the ones that make one feel empowered and hopeful are the ones that make the biggest impact and create changes in health for the long term.

Reclaim yourself by thinking positively and believing you CAN do this!   

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