How to Create the Proper Mindset to Lose Weight
Many people think that losing weight is just about diets, workouts, pounds, and inches. And the weight loss industry fuels that thinking. To them it’s mostly about the money. That’s why weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry. (Yes. That’s billion with a B!)
Allow Me to Change Your Thinking
But what if I were to tell you that losing your excess weight and keeping it off forever isn’t just about eating plans, exercise routines, pounds, and inches? What if I were to tell you that your path to weight loss actually starts before you even think about the first bite of food you put into your mouth and before you even think about hitting the treadmill?
In fact, what if I were to tell you that having a successful path to weight loss starts in your mind? Would you believe me? Many people wouldn’t believe that but research shows otherwise.
In this article on the Health Habits website, the author discusses just how deeply mindset affects our ability to lose weight. Next, on the WebMD website, Kathleen M. Zelman, a registered dietitian, discusses 8 ways to think yourself thin.
So clearly there’s scientific evidence that backs up the claim that losing your excess weight and keeping it off forever isn’t just about the pounds, inches, workout programs, and diets. So now you might be thinking, “Ok. That’s great and all but where do I start?”
I’m so glad you asked!
Begin With the End in Mind
In the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen R. Covey famously said “begin with the end in mind,” though it may have been Socrates that originally said it. In any case, what Dr. Covey is saying is simply this. Who do you want to be when you grow up? What do you want your life to look like? If we tweak that statement just a bit, we can ask it this way.
If I were to achieve my goal weight and have the health fitness I want, what would my life look like? Now let’s apply some emotion to that. How would that make me feel? What would it mean to my loved ones? How would they feel?
Notice I didn’t start off by asking what you’d like your goal weight to be. We’ll talk about that another time. I’m asking you to envision what your life would be like if you were to achieve your goal weight. I’m asking you to dig deep and really think about. This isn’t something you can just whip out in two minutes. It will take you some time to work through this.
And here’s where we translate this into action. It’s one thing to “think through” your ideas when you work on exercises like this. But if you don’t record your thoughts somewhere, you’ll forget those great ideas that you had. It really doesn’t matter what medium you use to record your thoughts. Just make sure you record them somewhere so you can easily access them later.
What Are Your Thoughts?
So what are your thoughts on the matter? Does this make sense to you? Do you think I’m all wet? Did you create your statement to begin with the end in mind? What is it? Tell me how you feel in the comments section. And if you’re having trouble coming up with your statement, it’s OK to say that, too. Just let me know and I’ll work with you to come up with a statement you’re happy with.