For many people who are overweight and obese, weight loss is a struggle that is experienced daily, hourly, and even moment to moment. But it doesn't have to be that way! Losing weight permanently can be an enjoyable and very enlightening process if you go about it with the right mindset and attitude.
Determine Your Weight Loss Mindset
When you think about losing weight; what are the first thoughts that come to mind? Do you first think about how great you will look in form-fitting clothing, or about the energy you will have, or maybe about how dynamic your sex life will be? Or do you focus on the foods you won't be able to eat, or the exercise you don't want to do, or the lifestyle changes you will have to make? Your attitude plays a major role in your success or failure at losing weight and keeping weight off.
If your mind automatically leans toward the negative aspects of weight loss, then your experience of weight loss will also be a negative one filled with inner-struggles and feelings of self-deprivation. Who wants that? On the other hand, if your attitude towards losing weight is a positive one, your experience will be an enjoyable one filled with many triumphs and enlightenment.
When assessing your weight loss mindset, be honest with yourself. You cannot find a solution if you are unwilling to identify the true problem. The advice I give to my weight loss clients is to make a list of every thought that they associate with losing weight. If a majority of the thoughts are negative, then their weight loss mindset is negative; but if the majority of thoughts are positive, then their mindset is positive.
Losing Weight without the Struggle
What is the secret to struggle-free weight loss? A healthy belief system that is supportive of living a healthy lifestyle. The reason why you are having such a difficult time with losing weight is because you have a negative belief system that encourages negative habits and behaviors conducive to weight gain.
Symptoms of a negative belief system include:
low self-esteem tarnished self-image poor sense of self-empowerment feeling helpless when it comes to weight loss feeling that losing weight is hopeless for you thinking that you are addicted to certain types of food feeling powerless against food cravings and many more
While those are all symptoms of a negative belief system; they are also consequences of a negative belief system. The danger of harboring a negative belief system is that it spawns negative habits and behaviors. Those habits and behaviors are automatic in nature. Half the time you aren't even aware of what is causing you to over eat, binge, or submit to your cravings!
Changing Your Weight Loss Mindset
If you have assessed that you have a negative mindset about losing weight, there are ways to change it. The first and most important belief you can have when it comes to losing weight is the belief that you can lose weight.
If you are basing your belief about your ability to lose weight on your past struggles or failures, just know that you weren't working with a full deck of cards-so to speak. If you were going into a weight loss journey armed with only diet and exercise, you weren't fully equipped. If you don't also have a positive mindset on board, the journey is going to be a rough one, if not down right impossible.
If you want "this time" to be different, you are going to need three things: healthy eating habits, healthy exercising habits, and a positive mindset.