• Dr. Jim

Weight Loss 101 - Mindset



So the time has come and you are ready. What now? Where do I go? What do I eat? How much should I exercise? There are too many options and I'm not sure where to start...etc. Well the good news is that the "what to do" is very simple. Actually doing the "what" and keeping consistent is the hard part that will compound and become habitual over time. The most important aspect when aiming to lose weight is your Mindset, everything else is easy.


Let me explain.


I'm not simply saying weight loss overall is easy, if it were, no one would be overweight. And I know many would argue they're happy where they are and don't need to lose weight, this doesn't apply to you. To clarify, I can't believe that anyone would actually say they're happy carrying 30-40-50-100+ pounds more than their bodies are meant to hold. We're no longer living as cavemen and cavewomen...storing up for winter is not a necessity!


Now, if you've had weight loss success in the past I would tell you to draw from that and use it where applicable. If you're trying to lose weight again I would assume the weight was gained back and I would ask what changed. If you've had misfortunes trying to lose weight I would ask how. Was it a break in the plan? Life occurrence? Stress? Food? Exercise? What happened?


Regardless of how you got to where you are in this moment, the past really doesn't matter. Specific autoimmune disorders aside, there is no reason someone wanting to drop a few pounds, or 100+, should have difficulty getting there in a time-friendly manner. When I say time friendly I mean in an amount of time that is reasonable and healthy and will vary based on age/gender/health condition....etc.


The concept of weight loss is simple in that the "what to do" does not have to be complex. It's easy to figure what to do, try, modify and tinker and simply repeat it over and over and over. However, if our mind isn't in the right place, it will be a rocky road.


Step 1 - Mindset

At one time or another everyone has heard the phrase "you can achieve anything you put your mind to." Do you believe that? If you do, then it's time to work out the "what" that will best suit you and get to work. If you say no, well, then I would say there's work to be done in that six inch space between your ears but that will have to take place at another time. If you don't believe you can do what you put your mind to, you will always be correct as long as you hold that belief.


So for those in the "I can" camp, here we go. Your mindset, your mental real estate, your demeanor, your emotional intelligence...it's all the same thing for our purposes here. I'm talking about how you talk to yourself, how you treat yourself, do you keep your promises to yourself, do you do what you say you will, how do you respond when things don't go as planned and how do you react when you're put in a tough spot. The person with the wrong mindset will crumble time after time after time and end up riding an excuse freight train all the way through adulthood.


The "I can" mindset is the key to weight-loss because weight-loss requires grit, resilience, dedication and determination, just to name a few necessities. The hardest part of the weight loss is what comes after losing the weight; that's keeping it off. There's no point to losing weight if the goal is not to keep it off. To think that life won't throw a few curve balls in the process is leading a utopian and false reality. The "I can't" mindset will simply break down, make excuses and won't follow through.


When you have your mind in the right place, everything else is just putting the pieces together. It's our mind which will help us when trying to wake up earlier or workout more frequently or drink more water when we get started. It's also our mind which tempt us to order the pizza of grab the dessert but that same mind will let us say no just as easily. The question becomes how bad do you actually want it and will you stick with your "I can" mentality. In a scenario where a setback occurs the important thing to remember is to simply get back on track and not let it become a repeated action.


Once you get your actions committed to routine and they become habitual, your mindset will simply become stronger. When you start off, you will learn and build and learn and build. Once you become comfortable and trust that you are capable of doing the right things to stay on track, the actions required to lose weight will be a walk in the park in need of nothing but patience.


Good habits are just as addictive as bad, the rewards are simply better!



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