It can be hard to see actual progress towards reaching weight loss goals.
To start losing weight the right way, we must develop the right mindset for losing weight.
Here are a few tips:
Don’t Search for Ways of Avoiding the Weight Loss Process
People sometimes play the lottery as if they are looking for instant gratification; they want to be rich without having to exert the effort of working long hours in the office.
This is also what people tend to do when it comes to weight loss. We are searching for the easiest and the fastest way of losing weight with minimal effort. We want to avoid the entire process and just reap the benefits.
But the process is all about time and consistency.
This means you have to work hard at it for weeks, months, or even years. It does not sound attractive but the process is a gift as well. If you work hard at something and make different, better decisions each day, you begin to change. When you are finally able to reach your goal, you will be a totally new and healthier version of you.
We must also consider that God is in the redemption business. Perhaps there is great spiritual growth and transformation that the Lord desires for you to experience on your way to physical transformation. We could miss out on the blessings God has for us if we try and bypass this experience with a quick-fix, fad diet.
Change the Way You Think About Weight Loss
Anyone would have a hard time losing weight if continuing to think in the same way that made her overweight in the first place.
Losing weight, like building wealth, requires mental rewiring.
Billionaires often obtain their wealth by adopting thought processes from many people. These individuals were conservative and consistent, played the “long game,” made smart changes, and never went “all in” on the easy opportunities.
The process of consistently, over time, making good choices forms habits of good choices. Healthy habits enable instinctual choices.
The billionaires are able to follow their gut because they have developed habits of successful decision making. They can make good decisions even when they do not feel good at the moment. They also train their brain to make it work for and with them, not against their will. You have to take a similar approach to weight loss. You should make your brain work for you and not against you.
Start changing your mindset. Do what is right at the moment; often, it is only a matter of delayed gratification.
Meditation and journaling through the process are a great way to help the rewiring process.
Do Not Attempt to Lose Weight for the Wrong Reasons
Why do you want to lose weight? There are many good reasons, such as living longer and feeling better. More often than not, though, these reasons are hard to hold up after several days on a fad diet.
What is your ultimate goal? Losing weight might be your goal. But WHY? So WHAT?
The better question is: What is your BIG WHY? What is going to help you sustain the patience to follow through with it?
Here is how you drill down to your Big Why:
- What is your goal? (example – lose 20 pounds)
- WHY do you want to (goal)?
- WHY is that important to you?
- What will you be able to DO when (goal) reached?
- How will you FEEL when (goal) reached?
- WHY is that important to you?
- **Then, keep asking yourself WHY until you can’t go anymore.
- You should eventually arrive at your BIG WHY.
God’s power and your answer to the BIG WHY question are what is going to drive you when the going gets tough. When you want a chocolate chip cookie. When you have a bad eating day. When you want to give in.
Losing weight should not be about changing who you are. Sometimes, that extra weight is KEEPING you from being who you really are. Change your mindset about losing weight, the weight that is keeping you mentally and physically “poor.”
Changing the way you think can help you change the way you live!