Welcome to the 2nd week of January. How are your New Year’s Resolutions? Holding up strong, I hope.
I know many of my clients (and a lot of other people too!) add “loose weight” to their list of goals for the New Year, and some of them succeed. Have you ever wonder what the difference might be between those who do and those who fail?
It often comes down to the mindset – getting it right can be a game changer for successfully losing weight.
Here are some mindset shifts that could help you to supercharge your weight loss and keep the pounds off!
Think About Why You’re Doing It
Why you want to lose weight can make a lot of difference. You are more likely to succeed if you do it because you WANT to be fit and healthy to play with your kids, rather than “I DON’T WANT TO BE FAT”. The negative motivation will not keep you going for long enough to succeed. Just think about it – if you are doing it because you don’t want to be fat, you will stop when you get to that point. If you are doing it so that you can be fit to play with your kids, you will have an on going motivation to keep going.
When your ultimate goal is to live a longer and healthier life, weight loss will likely happen as a nice extra bonus as a result of these new habits.
Don’t Go For Broke
Trying to do too much too soon with your weight loss can work against you and this is one of the reasons why fad diets and drastically reducing your calorie intake aren’t successful in the long term. You might lose some weight to begin with but chances are, this will quickly tail off and depending on your mindset and eating habits, you might even start gaining more weight.
When it comes to weight loss, slow and steady tends to do a lot better than trying to lose weight as quickly as possible, so forget all the diets that promise you will lose 10lbs in 5 days.
In order to succeed focus on introducing one small change at the time and stick with it until it becomes a habit.
Yes, this is more of a long game and you probably won’t see results straight away but there’s a better chance of actually achieving your weight loss goals compared to trying to change everything at once.
You want your healthy choices to feel natural and not like a chore or as though you’re depriving yourself and this is where healthy habits can really come into their own.
Breaking the Food-Emotions Cycle
One of the factors that can make it hard to lose weight involves emotional eating. We often eat when we’re not really hungry and because we’re feeling certain emotions. Breaking the link between your food and your emotions is a key mindset shift to master if you want to lose weight and keep it off.
Moving away from emotional eating helps you to react to genuine hunger cues so you’ll eat to fuel your body and not in line with how you’re feeling. Mindful eating is a great way to get back in touch with your body’s hunger signals but it can be a big challenge to master, especially if you’re used to emotional eating. Finding ways to address your emotions that don’t involve food can make a huge difference in being able to lose weight naturally. You can learn more strategies in EverythingYou’ve Ever Been Told About Weight Loss Was A Lie. Download it here.
Visualising Weight Loss Success
Visualisation can be a powerful technique for weight loss, especially if it’s combined with positive self talk. How does visualisation work? The theory is that it helps to rewire pathways in the brain so it can be great for breaking habits and learning new ones.
To get the most from it, visualise yourself at your ideal weight, with your body fat transforming into a much more positive form of energy. Keep this mental image in mind as much as possible.
You can use positive affirmations and self-talk to highlight to yourself how you’ll feel when you get to this point. Don’t forget to focus on how you’ll feel with your health, fitness and wellbeing and not just how much better you’ll feel about being thinner.
Even though this is going to happen in the future, keep your self-talk in the present tense and not the future to make visualisation a more effective mindset shift. Tell yourself that you have the power to change your body through the power of your mind as the finishing touch.
Doing this every day can be a lot more effective than you might think.
Start making a plan for your life long goals for your health, not just the short-term ones.
You can learn 5 more strategies to transforming your relationship with food in EverythingYou’ve Ever Been Told About Weight Loss Was A Lie. Download it here.