Overcome a Psychological Trap for Weight Loss
Being stuck in a psychological trap stops you before you start. This page is about how certain judgments block progress and stop you from achieving your goals.
It's possible to achieve weight loss that lasts. If you are stuck, here's how to dissolve psychological obstructions.
If you have avoided major psychological blockages, congratulations! You have already made significant progress towards balanced living that will, over time, automatically result in permanent, natural weight loss.
If you are stuck, it's time to recognize that you are stuck. It is time to learn how to dissolve psychological obstructions.
One major psychological trap
Let's agree that we all have the same goal, namely, living a balanced life. Anyone who believes that there is only one way to reach that goal is in a major psychological trap.
Each of us is unique. Each of us has a unique genetic code, and we've been shaped by different experiences.
It's very important to realize this.
Well, even if we share the same destination, each of us starts from a different place, and, so, each of us must travel a different route to get to the destination.
Your body is unique. For example, your brain is unique. Your brain at this moment was shaped by a process different from the process that shaped anyone else's brain.
(1) First it got big. (2) Then it shrank. (3) And it's still changing.
By the time you were three years old, each of your hundred billion neurons had formed 15,000 connections! This extensive and intricate pattern was unique to you.
(2) Your brain then shrank into adulthood. Many of the connections were not used and, so, disintegrated.
By the time you hit your 16th birthday, half of your connections had permanently disappeared! As your brain became smaller, you became smarter. Why? Billions of connections were closed down to enable you to exploit more fully those that remained.
(3) As you are experiencing life, some synaptic connections are getting stronger. Some new ones are being developed, while extraneous synaptic connections are being lost. This process will stop only when you die.
Your route to weight loss will be unique to you!
So it's not surprising that what works well for one person to achieve permanent weight loss may not work well for another. What works well for someone else may not work well for you.
Furthermore, it may even be true that what used to work well for you doesn't work well today and that what works well for you today may not work well for you tomorrow.
Your challenge is to find and travel the route that will continue to work well for you.
Our challenge in producing this website is to help you do that.
Always keep in mind also that, even collectively, we remain ignorant. There is still a lot to be understood.
Instead of thinking of an absolute standard that applies to everyone, only think about achieving a permanent improvement in body composition in whatever way works best for you.
Avoid the 'all or nothing' thinking trap
Implicit in the last point is that it's important to font avoid all or nothing thinking. It's not either complete success or total failure. Seeking perfection is a major trap.
For example, the goal is not to eliminate all body fat. As Covert Bailey quips, you never want to "remove all fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat [sic]. Without a brain you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office."
The psychological trap of perfection, of all or nothing thinking, also affects more than just dietary and exercise habits.
As we explain in the Meditation section of our website, the primary benefit of spiritual training is freedom from compulsive thinking. This includes ego reduction. Your ego does not want to be trained (disciplined, purified)! It will fight back against the training.
If it can get you to think that awakening from the stream of incessant thinking is nothing but an impossible dream, it may get you to stop the training. You may become so discouraged that you'll begin to believe that you'll never become a spiritual master, which may cause you to quit meditating.
For example, it's an important obstacle in spiritual training. A beginning meditator may think, "Either I spiritually awaken or nothing counts."
To learn more about this see our meditation pages. You will find them listed on our Site Map/Index, which is listed at the bottom of the menu buttons.
If it can get you to think that a permanently trim body is nothing but an impossible dream, it may get you to stop improving. You may become so discouraged that you'll begin to believe that you'll never achieve a healthful percentage of body fat, which may cause you to quit.
Just as your ego is trying to trick you to avoid being trained, your body is trying to trick you to avoid being trained. Please avoid the trap of all or nothing thinking.
The cure for releasing yourself from a trap is simply to persist in challenging yourself a little bit more. Each time you practice, stretch just a little bit beyond your comfort zone.
Persistently practicing in the right way will yield excellence for you.
Let go of seeking perfection.
That's the route of frustration. Instead, seek lasting improvements. That's the route of satisfaction.
Enjoy the process!
The only alternative would be to keep focused on perfection. Doing that is like trying to reach the horizon. Please decide to be kinder to yourself than that!
Weight loss and psychology belong together!
Web pages to help you avoid a weight loss trap
In this the psychology for weight loss section of our website we have the following pages to help you overcome a mind trap:
Great book for a weight loss psychological trap
See our short video about the psychology of Living Well in the Present Moment:
This is the link to the video for those who want to save it for their YouTube video list
This completes the weight loss psychological trap page. We do hope you found the information useful and that it helps on your journey to health and weight loss.