If I had to pick one question I get asked the most, it’s this:
How do I lose weight and keep it off for good?
I usually get it from clients who’ve lost weight before but then put it back on (and then some).
They feel frustrated and defeated, and they just want someone to tell them the secret to weight loss that lasts.
Well, the truth is, from a purely scientific point of view, the ‘secret’ to weight loss is simple.
If you want to reduce your body size, you need to burn more calories than you consume, and then keep your calorie ratio in balance once you reach your ideal weight.
But there’s a slight problem with this: humans aren’t robots.
And if you’ve ever tried to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll know it’s not that simple!
There is however one thing I do believe can help you lose weight and keep it off for good.
In this article, I’m going to share the secret ingredient for weight loss that lasts (and spoiler alert: it’s got nothing to do with food!).
It’s actually all about your mindset
That’s right – if you want to lose weight for good, it all starts with your brain (not your belly!).
Because when it comes down to it, eating is a behaviour. And behind every behaviour is a thought and a belief.
If you have unhelpful beliefs, this leads to unhelpful thoughts, which ultimately lead to unhelpful eating behaviours that stop us losing weight (or cause us to put it back on).
It’s something I’ve seen time and time again in my almost 20 years of working as a dietitian, and it’s actually the reason I started my own business.
Because I know that there’s more to weight loss than just the food you eat.
It’s all about understanding the thoughts and beliefs that drive your decision to eat, and then turning them around so you’re set up for weight loss success.
So, how do you get in the right mindset for weight loss?
This is something I help my clients with, and there are 3 things I recommend.
1. Get clear on your motivation for losing weight
In order to lose weight, you really have to want to lose weight.
It needs to be something you want to achieve no matter what, not just something that would be “nice” to have.
Whenever someone tells me, “it’d be nice to lose a few kilos”, I just know their mindset isn’t anywhere close to where it needs to be to sustain the eating behaviours they need to lose weight.
But more than just wanting to lose weight, you also have to understand WHY you want to lose weight (and this has to come from you, not from your doctor, your mother, the people in your Instagram feed, or anyone else).
This means you’ve really got to dig deep as to where your motivation is coming from.
How is your current weight stopping you from living the life you want?
For example, think about how you feel when you wake up in the morning versus how you WANT to feel.
Is losing weight the answer to changing this?
How do you want to feel on holidays, and what sort of clothes do you want to wear?
Visualising what your life will be like when you lose weight will give you the motivation you need to stay on track with your weight loss goals, even when things get hard (as they inevitably will!).
2. Identify the negative beliefs that are holding you back
Once you’re clear on your motivation, it’s time to work on your self-belief.
Because if you don’t truly believe you can lose weight, you won’t (this might sound harsh, but it’s true).
For example, if you have a history of losing weight and then putting it back on, the fear of failing again or thinking that nothing in the world will work for you is a limiting belief that will ultimately sabotage your efforts.
Other limiting beliefs that could be holding you back include:
- fear of success
- fear you’re not good enough to achieve what you want
- thinking you don’t deserve or are not worthy of success
Changing your belief system is such a crucial step in long-term weight loss success.
And although it sounds like a big thing, it’s actually easier than you think.
One of the things I get my clients to do when we start working together is to practise daily affirmations to embed more positive beliefs.
For example, some affirmations you could try include:
- I deserve to lose weight
- Losing weight is easy
- I know I will lose weight
3. Adopt a growth mindset
The journey of losing weight will always be full of ups and downs, so it’s crucial you approach it with a growth mindset.
This is the opposite of a fixed mindset, which is when you think in black and white and believe things are the way they are and won’t change.
In contrast, when you have a growth mindset, you’re open to learning from your mistakes.
You come from a place of curiosity about your eating behaviours, not judgement, and are always thinking about what you could do differently next time.
With a growth mindset, the momentum is onwards and upwards, even if it doesn’t flow in a straight line.
And actually, those little dips are where the real learning happens, and where the secret to weight loss that lasts lies.
So there you have it – the secret to weight loss that lasts. With the right mindset, you’ll find it so much easier to stay motivated and continue on your weight loss journey.
Want to know more about how to lose weight and keep it off so that you can say goodbye to dieting and hello to being the energetic hands-on mum you want to be?
What you need is a new approach, some support, and accountability to help set you on the right track.
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- The 3 biggest reasons why diets don’t work, and how they’re stopping you from achieving permanent weight loss and keeping you in the diet cycle.
- My 5 step plan to permanent weight loss that doesn’t include counting calories or following a restrictive diet.
It’s the exact same framework that I teach my 1:1 clients in my Eating Made Easy program.
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