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How can I stay positive in order to achieve my weight loss goals?

This was a top weight loss question recently on Dr. Oz’s Sharecare community, and I thought I’d share my answer with all of you.

Staying positive during your weight loss journey is one of the most important parts of achieving your goals. There is, after all, a great deal of truth in the phrase “healthy mind, healthy body.” Staying optimistic will help keep you motivated and keep you on track. But often, staying positive can be difficult, especially when it seems like all your favorite junk foods are following you everywhere, and your workouts start to seem like a chore.

The first thing you can do to ensure that you stay positive during your weight loss journey is making sure you set positive, realistic goals. Do your best to eat healthy and exercise and get enough sleep, but don’t aim to lose five pounds a week. Healthy, lasting weight loss is a slow process and as such you should aim to lose one or two pounds a week. If you lose more (which can sometimes happen) you’ll feel incredible to have exceeded your goal, and if you meet your goal, you’ll still feel great to have met it. Being realistic about what your body can actually do is an important part of staying positive while losing weight.

Support is another important part of staying motivated to lose weight. Talk to your friends, family, loved ones, anyone you go to for advice about your weight loss goals. Invite your girlfriends over to try out your new favorite healthy recipe, bring your significant other to the park and play tennis or go for a run together, or call a relative or loved one when your cravings are making you crazy. Support is absolutely key to staying healthy, and you’ll feel accountable to someone else in your healthy journey. Plus, you never know who your healthy habits may inspire!