For many people, it’s easy to focus on fat loss as a short-term goal without thinking about how our brain constructs ideas of our journey based on past weight loss attempts and experiences. From feeling like we’ve failed a diet to giving up on an exercise program when it doesn’t work after the first few weeks, it’s common to trick our brains into believing that our perceived failures are true and that we simply won’t be able to lose the weight we want to.
Fortunately, it’s all possible – it just takes some retraining of our brain and learning to think differently about the whole picture of our weight loss journey. By making a few simple shifts to our mindset, it’s much easier to focus on success for the future.
What We Get Stuck on When It Comes to Fat Loss
Think about the last time you started and stopped a diet. What made you stop? Did you feel like something was wrong with you, that your success hinged on your genetics or hormones, or that you just weren’t capable?
Guess what – you are. It’s all about how you’re framing things in your mind. Consider that when you start to believe the stories about yourself (that you’re a failure, that you’re incapable), your subconscious brain holds on to those words and interprets that negative language as your reality. Try and remember that this has only become your reality because you’re reinforcing those beliefs each time you get off track with your success. For example, each time you tell yourself that you’ve failed your diet again and it’s hopeless to try again, your mind believes it’s true and prevents you from approaching the next attempt positively.
This is why developing a broader picture of your weight loss can help you refocus and where making small, positive changes in your day to day thinking can have a huge effect on your overall mindset.
Learning to Shift Your Mindset
There are three main steps to keep in mind when it comes to shifting your mindset for fat loss:
- Remember that you are not your patterns. Think about the patterns and habits you’ve fallen into in the past and learn to recognize the ones that don’t serve or benefit you. Realize that what you do is not who you are, and that it’s possible to break free from those patterns by retraining your brain with more positive language and action. Be kind to yourself – just because you used to do something doesn’t mean you can’t break free from that or that you’re destined to fail again.
- Find your push/pull. Once you recognize the old patterns, start thinking about what your pain points and your pull points are. Your pain points are the things that push or motivate you, while the pull points are the reasons why you’re doing it. Whenever you feel yourself starting to slip and fall into old patterns of behaviour, recall your pull points and reinforce to yourself that picture of where you want to be and what you want to do differently. Envision yourself taking action and do it – no excuses. Before long, your pull will become your new habit.
- Break the short-term fix mentality. It’s easy to get into a 30-day program and do well, and many people find short term success with these programs only to return to their old detrimental habits afterwards. Avoid focusing on the quick, short-term success and consider instead how you’re making a long-term lifestyle change. Here is where it’s especially critical to envision the long-term picture of where you want to be and then take the action every day to achieve it. Ask yourself if what you’re doing now is something you can still picture yourself doing tomorrow, 90 days from now, a year ahead and beyond that. If it’s not, adjust your pull and shift your thinking towards goals that are sustainable for the long haul to help you maintain this lifestyle shift.
So, where are you at with your whole picture mentality for fat loss? Are you struggling with positive language or identifying your push and pull? Maybe you need some assistance with your long-term goals? Contact us for help with shifting your mindset, and to learn more about holistic approach to optimal health.