Mindset is everything when it comes to losing weight! The right mindset can make all the difference when it comes to experiencing long-lasting success with a healthy diet and lifestyle. It’s essential for weight loss and staying on track—without it, you can easily fall into unhealthy habits. A strong mindset will help you avoid yo-yo dieting so that you can achieve long-term results.
Read on for tips on how to develop a strong mindset for losing weight.
A solid plan is essential for success. Set clear, achievable goals for your weight loss and overall health. Write them down—many neuroscientists believe that writing down your goals helps you achieve them. You can then work with your nutrition and mindset coach to put strategies in place to achieve them. Don’t be basic—avoid limiting your goals to just losing a set number of pounds. Instead, set clear, specific lifestyle goals that will boost your health, fitness and wellness. Here are a few examples:
Journaling helps you stay motivated and fosters a positive growth mindset. There are many ways to journal—you can keep a food dairy and log every meal or it can be a place to track progress, write about experiences and work to dismantle limiting beliefs. You can use it to track when you have cravings so that you can be aware of and look for patterns and triggers and devise plans to overcome them.
Many people use food as a motivator or emotional reward. It’s understandable that you may feel like reaching for comfort food or a treat after a long day or even a workout. It’s important to break the connection to rewarding yourself with food. Strive to see food as fuel that provides our bodies with the nutrients and energy necessary to function properly. Seek out other rewards that will keep you inspired, such as treating yourself to a new outfit or an experience, like a movie, massage or spa day.
Patience is essential for a strong weight loss mindset. It’s easy to get frustrated when you hit a plateau or experience a setback; this is exactly when you need to be mindful and exercise patience. Don’t let natural fluctuations or a slower pace discourage you or throw you off track. If stepping on the scale gives you anxiety, consider only doing weekly weigh-ins.
Exercise is critical for weight loss. Not only does it burn calories and fat—exercise decreases stress, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease. Physical activity also releases endorphins, which are the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, and promotes a better mood. In fact, exercise is often used to treat minor depression. A regular workout regimen will help you achieve and maintain weight loss while improving your overall health.
A strong weight loss mindset is a game changer. If you work with a nutrition and mindset coach like me, you’ll learn how to develop the right mindset and see long-term results.