Happiness and Weight Loss*

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Have you ever thought to yourself how happy you would be if you could only reach your weight loss goal? Well, what if reaching your weight loss goal required you to start feeling happier now? Having a positive attitude can have a huge impact on your life, and the best part is that unlike so many other wellness routines that take some time before you start feeling the impact, changing your attitude can help you begin to feel better starting today.

Having a negative outlook on life can make everything in life more challenging. Every time you think about how much you are dreading that healthy salad for lunch, you make that salad more difficult to eat. Every time you think about how much you don’t want to exercise when you get home from work, you make the chances of that workout actually happening even lower. But the same is true vice-versa. When you think positively about your healthy eating habits, those healthy eating habits become easier to keep up with. When you think positively about your exercise goals, finding the energy to engage in those workouts becomes that much easier.

However, simply making the choice to look for more things that make you happy can have a huge impact on your personal frustration level. Sure, it doesn’t make the frustrating things go away, and it won’t even make your emotional response towards those frustrating things go away, but it can change how much time and energy you put into being upset or frustrated—and this can have a direct impact on your ability to focus on your health and wellness goals.

The next time you catch yourself becoming frustrated by something, try to shift your focus to something that you know makes you happy. Read a book, watch a movie, or read up on something that brings you joy. The more you focus on the positive, the easier it becomes to be positive in the face of frustration. Then, keep that positive attitude up as you start thinking about your weight loss goals. The more positive you stay about your health and wellness routine, the more likely you are going to be able to reach your goal in the end.

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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.