If you have ever tried to lose weight before, whether it was a small amount of a large amount, then you will absolutely understand the notion that if you are not in the right frame of mind to commit, then you are not going to get the results you were hoping for! Some people say that half of the health and fitness battle is in your mind, and I tend to agree, because if you aren’t emotionally and psychologically dedicated, you won’t make it past the first few steps. Here are five mindsets you need to change to lose weight.
1. Quick Fix
You need to get rid of the notion that you are going to achieve the dream body in a matter of weeks, because that’s not how it happens! Once you get it into your mind that weight loss is a total lifestyle change that lasts forever rather than a quick fix, you might be able to move forward and start to achieve proper results. If it happens fast, it’s not likely to stick.
Don’t think of your journey as the punishment that you now need to pay for being bad and overeating and under-exercising in the past. Start with a fresh slate, and don’t feel guilty about getting out of shape in the first place. Instead, you should feel good that you are actually taking the initiative and working to change.
Like I alluded to above, don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is only going to be short-term thing that you have to go through. You are probably in your current situation because you don’t make the best decisions about health and fitness on your own, so be prepared for this to be a full lifestyle change rather than just a temporary switch in behaviour.
4. Calorie Counting
Sure, counting calories is a big part of losing weight, but it isn’t the be all and end all. Your calorie consumption should vary depending on how much exercise you are doing as well. If you don’t take that into account, you might make yourself ill.
5. All or Nothing
Don’t consider your weight loss goals to be all or nothing, even if you don’t lose the full twenty or thirty or more pounds, it doesn’t mean that the weight you have lost counts for nothing! Thinking that way puts you as risk of slipping back in to old habits.