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3 Ways to Change How You Think to Achieve Your Health Goals

If you keep struggling with your health goals, your thinking patterns maybe to blame. Dr. Sandy Van, a certified obesity physician and founder andmedical director of the Lifestyle 360 Program at WellOne Medical Centrein Toronto, says that many patients thoughts are self-critical and sabotage their efforts. She uses cognitive behavioural therapy (which is also known for treating stress eating) to help people get outof their own thought traps. Heres how to give it a try.

1. Identify distorted thoughts.

When you feel bad about yourself, chances are, youre having distortedthoughts. Some thoughts are simply discouraging (I cant do this), whileothers suggest that any error is catastrophic (I missed the gym yesterday,so I might as well quit altogether). Try to capture what youre thinkingand identify distorted thoughts, says Dr. Van. Instead, concentrate on positive thinking (and see how powerful it can be).

2. Challenge them.

Examine thoughts that are getting you down: Is there real evidence tosupport them? What might contradict them? You can make a list for andagainst each thought, suggests Dr. Van. For instance, if you think I cantdo this but youve already been practising healthy habits (and avoiding unhealthy ones) for a few days,youve proven that you can do it.

3. Replace them.

Dr. Van suggests coming up with new, more balanced thoughts that takefacts into account and are in line with your goals. If you previously thoughtthat missing one day meant you should quit altogether, your new thoughtmight reflect that its important for your health to keep going. Once youvereplaced one distorted thought, more thoughts are bound to follow. Whenyou persistently challenge and replace distorted thoughts, you can learn tothink about your body and health in new ways.

Next, check out the ways to eliminate negative self-talk.

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