Are you at the point where you just want the weight gone, like yesterday? I totally get it.
Carrying extra weight can make us very uncomfortable, and we just can’t wait to feel our best again. But… while being ready for a change is great, we have to go into it with the right mindset. Otherwise, we’re just setting ourselves up for failure.😨
Yup, going into a weight loss journey with the wrong mindset is a big part of why 98% of dieters gain the weight back! So what do those 2% know that everyone else doesn’t? 🤔
Since I’m part of that 2% myself 😉, I’ve got some ideas for you! As a Health & Success Coach, I help busy women get their lives back into balance again. Much of the time that involves losing weight and keeping it off. Success is within your reach too, sometimes it just takes a little shift in thinking.
So here’s my list of mindsets you have to ditch for weight loss! Read on and let me know what you think in the comments! Or Pin for later if you’re in a hurry. 😎
#1: If it isn’t quick it isn’t worth it!
We all know the impatient feeling of “I ate a salad and worked out today, why aren’t I thin yet?” 😆
Reasonably, we know that it took time to put the weight on and it’s going to take time to get it off. But still, we want that quick fix. All it takes is a Pinterest search to notice that when people search for “lose weight”, they almost always include the word “fast”. 😬
And yes, this is right at the top of mindsets that must be ditched. The truth is, quick fixes set us up for failure because they aren’t sustainable. Do you really want to lose 10 pounds in a week just so you can gain back 15 next month? Of course not!
Get ready to dig in for the long haul. (Hint, it won’t be as hard as you think.) The time is going to pass anyways, and before you know it, you’ll be at your goal. It’s totally going to be worth the wait, and you’ll never have to search for a quick fix again!
#2: I just have to do this until…
This one goes right along with the quick fix mentality. Have you ever said “I just have to get strict for a couple months so I can look good on vacation” or “I just have to kill it at the gym long enough to fit into that dress!”
The “just until” mindset sets us up for burnout and bingeing. Pretty soon, we end up right back where we started, because our plan wasn’t sustainable. When it comes to weight loss, if you can’t do a plan long term, it isn’t a good plan.
#3: This is punishment for being bad.
Often people look at healthy habits as something miserable that they have to endure. How many times have you said or heard “I’m going to be good and eat salad” or “I’m being bad and having cake”?
Think about it, what makes either one good or bad? And why is doing something bad usually labeled more pleasurable?
Mindset shift: Taking care of your body isn’t a punishment. It’s a gift you give yourself so you can enjoy life all the more.
#4: Less calories and more exercise will fix everything!
I’ve noticed many people trying to lose weight are emotionally attached to the antiquated concept of “calories in, calories out”. We think calorie restriction works, because it kind of does, initially. But every time we severely restrict calories, our metabolisms downshift to compensate. (The Biggest Loser study was a good example of this.)
The truth is, maintaining a healthy weight is so much more complex than just eating less and exercise more. (The good news: more complex doesn’t mean more difficult!) You might want to read 6 Easy Food Rules for a Healthy Weight next to see what I mean. ☺
#5: It’s all or nothing!
With the “all or nothing” mentality, one little slip up sends us into a downward spiral. Had a few chips? Well, the diet is over, might as well go down in a blaze of glory! Starting over on Monday! 🤣 Funny, not funny, right?
This goes back to sustainability. No more dieting! You’re adopting a healthy lifestyle, which includes occasional treats and plenty of things you enjoy (food and non-food). If you make a choice you wish you wouldn’t have, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Pick right back up with your good choices and don’t let guilt weigh you down.
So what do you think?
Is there anything you needed a mindset shift on? Let me know in the comments!
Could you use some personal help on your weight loss journey? Having a coach might be just what you need to help you join the 2% who lose weight and keep it off. Check out my Personal Coaching page to learn a little more. I love working with motivated women who are ready to feel amazing again!
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