Healthy thinking—along with healthy eating and being
active—can help some people reach a healthy weight. It can
help you stay on track when you have a slip-up. And it can keep you from
Say you've been limiting your portions and
eating more vegetables and fruit. But you go to a party one night and eat
several slices of pizza and a big piece of cake. All the way home, you get
angry at yourself for eating so much. "I don't know why I bother trying to lose
weight. I have no will power. I might as well forget about it."
The more you talk in a negative way to yourself, the harder it is to stay
focused on all the good changes you've made. The negative thinking makes you
feel bad. And that can lead to having more slip-ups and more bad thoughts about
yourself. It's a cycle that's hard to break.
But with practice,
you can retrain your brain. After all, you weren't born telling yourself
negative things. You learned how to do it. So there's no reason you can't teach
your brain to unlearn it and replace negative thinking with more helpful
Healthy thinking is good for your health in other ways.
If you feel bad about yourself, you could feel
depressed. Healthy thinking also can help you handle
stress better. Many people eat too much because they
Too much stress can raise your blood pressure and
make your heart work harder, which can increase your risk for a heart attack.
Stress also can weaken your
immune system, which can make you more open to
infection and disease.
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