Our Mindset is key to achieving anything. We often have the motivation but very often tire of the challenge ahead and then completely give up.
Mindset is important to any aspect that we set for ourselves, Fitness, Nutrition, Diets, Business and New Years Resolutions. Just think about the last challenge that you embarked on. Did you succeed? Did you give up? The statistics shows that 8 out of 10 challenges we embark on will fail. Just think of the amount of people who set off to Lose Weight and are continuously on that “hamster wheel”. How many times have you started off on you New Years Resolution and then given up in January? According to statistics this happens to approximately 68% of people.
Whilst I often reset peoples mindset for my fitness and nutrition challenges these steps can be used for many other challenges in our lives.
Achieving our weight loss goals needs a strong mindset for success. I hope that these 10 steps will help you understand why this is important.
Follow The Expert Advice And Know Your Personality Traits
Firstly, try to ensure you follow the expert advice for your weight loss programme.
Now, there are two types of people that have different paths to success.
a. Hardcore People that tend to fly against all odds and achieve their goals.
These people are rare. They read and listen to the pieces of advice and then work hard to do them. Generally, it is easy for you to become your own leader and ensure you lose those extra pounds.
b. People Who Want But Lack Motivation Sometimes (Majority of people).
This group tend to change their priorities on and off. As a result, either they do not achieve their goal, or it takes them a lot longer to get there.
If you lie in the second category, then you need to accept your personality and then, you need to do your best to follow your expert advice.
Overthinking and over questioning will lead you to distraction. Simply follow the lead and trust your expert.
Finding The Underlying Cause
One mindset to achieving better weight loss is to find the underlying cause of your weight gain. This means getting to the cause that is deep-rooted to how you think without excuses.
A thorough understanding of your personality and your current circumstances can help increase your success rate. Sit down, relax, take a deep breath, and try to figure out what is the thing that triggers you to eat more?
Is it your upbringing causing you to eat more and more?
Were you your mother’s favourite child and she loved to pile food on your plate? Perhaps you did not have enough food and now you want to fulfill your satiety and cravings?
So, figure out what is causing you to eat more?
Is it your childhood eating habits?
Is it your unsatisfied cravings in the past?
Is it your depression?
Are you suffering from sleep deprivation?
Are you being harsh on yourself by working tough and compensating it with mindless eating?
Answer these questions and find out your reason for overeating.
After figuring it out, eliminate the underlying cause. So, by the end of the day, it is easy and mindful for you to follow a diet regime and exercise routine.
Researchers have suggested that lack of sleep causes you to crave high energy foods to compensate for lack of energy due to sleep deprivation.
A tough routine also causes additional stress, thus causing you to eat more.
Not only this, but certain food cravings are also related to low mood and depression.
Example, eating a lot of chocolate happens when you are feeling low and chocolates are known to elevate mood.
Embracing Your Body
Embracing your body, can stop you hating yourself for what you look like. Looking in the mirror and loathing your physique should not be a routine.
Self-love is crucial in losing weight and accepting yourself the way you are.
After loving yourself the way you are, and self-acceptance then decide how you want to shift your desired pounds and the actions you need to take to get to your goals.
Lose Weight For The Right Reasons
This means that your weight loss is all about your own personal goals and not from peer pressure or society’s beauty standards. Your weight loss should not be about how you believe other people expect you to be.
It is important to understand the real reason as to why you wish to lose weight. This is your motivator and will give you the desire to achieve your goals.
In my opinion the health benefits and being the right body mass index should be your biggest driver and will lead you to achieve a good body weight for your build.
A healthy life should be your sole and strong motivator for losing weight.
Practice Visualization Techniques
Research has shown that visualization is a powerful tool that can help us in achieving our goals.
Motivate yourself honestly and try it when you have cravings or having a wobble moment.
Visualization is best achieved by being alone sitting or lying down and relaxing. Then imagine your reasons and true motivation for losing weight.
Think about how your life would be if you lose weight?
How does it make you will feel when you have achieved your goal?
How will your health improve?
What does it look like and how does it feel when people see your new confidence?
Try to practice regularly and picture the desired you, when you wake each morning.
Change Your Definition Of Reward & Punishment
In our brains, our activities are wired to reward and punish behavior. This behavior means that certain things make us happy and certain things make us sad.
Generally, everything that gives us the feeling of happiness, satisfaction or triumph comes under the category of reward.
The other side to this is punishment, which is a broad term used to describe feelings of fear, guilt, helplessness, regrets and failure.
So, how can this help us in weight loss?
Our brain has been wired to foods that make us feel good such as Cake which is seen as a reward and Celery for instance seen as a punishment.
So, how do we change this perception in the brain?
Simply by rewiring our brain and changing our thoughts and habits, linked to reward and punishment.
All we do is train our brain to think that green tea, salads, and fruits bring happiness as they taste good and give us increased health and longevity. On the other hand, junk and cheesecakes bring feelings of guilt as they are not healthy and keep you far from your goals.
Rewire your brain reward and punishment perception so as a result, you eat healthily, feel happier and achieve your desired weight loss easily.
Patience Is The Key
Weight loss needs long term commitment and actions to achieve your results.
Your ideal physique and health benefits do not happen in just one day. Taking the right measures and putting in the actions will give you a positive response as slow and steady wins the race.
Stop Being Harsh On Yourself
Stop comparing yourself to others as you are unique and special.
Set a realistic approach, love yourself, accept reality, set your own goals, and modify your actions to achieve them.
Do not beat yourself up if you have a bad day, allow yourself that time because tomorrow is another better day
Set Realistic Goals
Have a realistic approach to your goals. Put in place a proper plan and action accordingly for your weight, height, and lifestyle.
Being realistic about your time limit and expectations regarding weight loss is an important component of your psychology that can aid you in the long term.
If you want to lose weight, you need to change your mindset. Only through this can you successful follow your diet regime and exercise routine effectively and achieve your goals.
Why not start off with a 7-Day Detox Plan to get your body ready and prepared. A great way to kick off the New Year.
Please let me know if you need any further information or advice below.