3 Key Mindset Shifts You Need To Lose Weight
And Keep It Off
I'm writing today because I have a question; Is it possible that people can have blocks to losing weight? I mean, it seems every time I start a diet, I will lose a certain amount, but then something happens and I stop the diet and gain the weight back. It has happened so many times that I feel like a failure. Could it be that there is something blocking me from being successful? ~ Leila
Great question! In fact, you are not the only one who has asked me this, in fact, the first time someone asked me this questions, I was trilled. For the past 8 years of coaching people in the area of weight loss, I've seen so many things that seem to block people from success. First, if you really think about it, weight loss is hard. Well, you may be surprised to hear weight loss isn’t where people struggle the most.
People don’t really struggle to lose weight as much as they struggle to keep it off. There are all sorts of diets and challenges people use to lose weight. The problem is this rapid weight loss never lasts. Once you stop the diet or challenge, the weight comes right back. You may even end up heavier than you were before the diet! So, I’m going to share with you 3 crucial mindset shifts you need to adopt if you’re tired of gaining weight after dieting. They are the same mind shifts I had to make to lose the 100 pounds.
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1. Think long term habits not short-term fixes
I have had many people come to me asking for weight loss coaching to help them lose weight for a special event. We would work really hard together, my client would get amazing results and go the the event looking like a star! Then, when this goal was over, guess what?
They went right back to their old behaviors. What is really important to understand is that until you realize that you must focus on long term success, and not quick fixes, will you be successful for life. It's better if you work on changing your time frame. If you look for quick fixes, you’ll only get short term results. Instead of following 'diets' that promise EXTREME fast weight loss, it's better to lose weight at a pace that inspires you but is also sustainable.
When deciding the actions, you’re going to take towards weight loss ask yourself if it’s something you could see yourself doing for 5 or 10 years. This is what I mean by changing your time frame. Your results are tied to your actions. If you can’t maintain the actions that got you weight loss, you won’t maintain your weight loss. top thinking weeks. Start thinking years.
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2. Ignore shiny objects
This may be even harder than ever. Information and fads can spread so quickly with social media. There’s always some new, sexy secret that will be the answer to all your problems. But I assure you, success is about mastering the basics. Not the fancy stuff.
It’s all about practicing basic and boring habits like:
Not exactly marketable advice, but it works. Ultimately, any diet that works does so because it keeps your calories low. There’s nothing magic about it. In fact, most fads are just repackaging of old fads. Unless you become a hermit and lock yourself away in a cave, you will be tempted by whatever is in style right now, or whatever your friends and colleagues are doing. Ignore it all.
Those are all shiny objects that distract you from what you ought to be doing. Stay focused. Stick with a program or plan for at least 6 months before you even think about looking for a new one.
Your success will be someones else's motivation! It's about what you learn along the way. Your journey is like a famous action movie! You are the HERO who transforms at the end! Don't let making losing weight that big of a challenge that you miss out on your destiny!
3. Focus on the process
Weighing yourself every day is a good way to drive yourself crazy. You can do everything right and sometimes the scale will still go up! Daily weight fluctuations are unpredictable and uncontrollable because your weight at a given time is based on so much more than just how much fat or muscle you have. Besides, you can’t control how fast results happen anyway. You can only control the actions you take to get you those results. A better way to look at your journey is by developing a razor-sharp focus on the process, on what you need to be doing right now. Because actions cause results. So, it’s logical to focus on actions. Thinking about results won’t get you there, but actions will.
Celebrate all the little things you do well.
If you went to the gym, give yourself a high five. If you ate more veggies than you did last week, congratulate yourself. These are the things that matter. So long as you keep improving your actions, the results will follow. Plus, this actually gives you a more accurate idea of progress because what your weight says on a given day doesn’t necessarily reflect how close you are to long term results.
For example, you could go out drinking the night before and see the scale go down. Or you could do a hard workout and see the scale go up. Which one do you think is better for weight loss? Action is everything. Additionally, when you develop your focus, you’re less vulnerable to the distractions of shiny objects.
When you focus and celebrate your actions, those actions are more likely to become habit. And habits equal results that stick.
By the time I met my coach, I was sick and tired of starting and stopping diets. I hate to be the bearer of what seems like bad news, but there is no short cut around this. Losing weight takes you though the process of transformation and unless you are willing to transform yourself to the new person you will be, you will forever struggle.
But what's even more powerful that can hold you back are weight loss "Blocks." There are 3 types of weight loss blocks that keep people from having the body and health they dream of; physical, mental, and spiritual. That's why in 3 weeks I'm offering a course to help you Bust Through Your Blocks. It's called The "Why Can't I Lose Weight?! Block Buster System Course. You can learn more about it right here.
Until next time stay amazing and never stop until you make it!
Best Selling Author, Medical Weight Loss Specialist & Life Coach