When people set out on their journey to drop those extra pounds, they tend to forget about the most important aspect of getting into shape, which is to train the brain.
No other fitness component even comes close to the power of developing your mindset for sustainable weight loss.
Motivation doesn’t last without being replenished.
Willpower is based upon how much strength you have to control your actions, and for most people that are struggling with weight loss usual give-in to temptations.
Haphazardly going out there exercising and dieting without a solid plan can lead to failure as well.
The glue that holds everything together is your mindset.
It’s the engine that drives consistency, which allows you to continue on your fitness journey despite any roadblocks you may face.
A strong mindset provides the fuel that powers conviction, motivation, inspiration, and the other drivers that assist you with getting in shape.
Usually, the folks that lose weight and successfully keep it off have figured out how to use their minds to their advantage.
There’s no reason you can’t do the same.
Today, I will share ten weight loss mindset tips that you can begin implementing today.
Let’s get started…
1)) Determine Your Big WHY
Any self-help guru or life coach that’s worth their weight in gold, will education you on the importance of establishing your “Big Why.”
Your WHY is a huge part of that mental fuel needed to keep you moving towards your fitness goals, especially when faced with those inevitable challenges.
You may give up prematurely when confronted with roadblocks if you don’t know your reason why getting into shape is a priority.
Example of a Big Why
The reason why I must lose weight and get into the best shape of my life is to reduce the chances of developing life threatening diseases so I can be here to create great memories with my loved ones.
Do you see the power in that simple statement?
You could read your big why statement anytime you feel like quitting on your fitness goals.
Action Step: Go ahead and create your own Big Why statement.
2)) Set Realistic and Achievable Goals
It’s very easy to get fired up in the moment when setting fitness goals, especially if you’re in a positive state of mind.
However, you must be realistic to prevent setting yourself up for failure and disappointment.
Don’t misinterpret what I’m saying here, as there’s nothing wrong with wanting to go for big goals.
For example, let’s say that you’d like to lose 30 pounds of fat.
Is that goal attainable?
Of course it is!
Can you lose 30 pounds of fat in 30 days?
Of course not.
You can potentially lose those 30 pounds in 3 to 6 months with a consistent exercise and diet program.
Side Note: The average person can potentially lose between 1 to 2 pounds of body fat per week. If you lose more weight than this, it’ll most likely be a combination of fat and lean muscle mass. That approach will bring your metabolism to a screeching halt, because the more muscle you have, the more body fat you’ll burn.
The key is to set the time-frame based upon how big the goal is.
The bigger the transformational goal, the longer it’ll take to accomplish (e.g. losing 25 pounds).
The smaller the goal (e.g. losing 5 pounds), the shorter period of time it’ll take.
I know this is common sense, but we sometimes forget during the process of setting our goals.
3)) Establish a Support System
The great thing about going on your weight loss journey is you don’t have to go it alone.
There’s no shortage of support options.
You could get a workout buddy and establish accountability partners.
These could be in-person and/or virtual in nature.
A support system is great for getting you through rough patches; especially those that make you feel like giving up on your dreams of getting fit.
Tip: Establish multiple accountability partners just in case one or more of them are unavailable to provide support during your hour of need. Also, go to your relationships to give to create a reciprocal environment.
4)) Set Up a Rewards System
Getting in shape doesn’t have to be this thing you dread because of this All Work And No Play or No Pain No Gain mentality we’ve been taught.
I’m of the opinion that working out should be challenging, yet fun.
Seriously, who wants to train like a maniac day-in and day-out without injecting some enjoyable elements into the equation?
That’s one of the reasons people hate exercise and fitness programs.
This approach causes them to abandon the whole concept of getting into shape because those approaches aren’t sustainable.
All you have to do is set your fitness goal and then determine what reward fits the accomplishment based upon the level of difficulty and size.
For example; if you were to lose 20 pounds of body fat, a fitting reward would be something like a mid-priced electronic device.
On the other hand, if you were to successfully complete all of your scheduled workouts for the week, a fitting reward would be a slice of your favorite cake or whatever junk food you desire.
Remember, the key is to make sure the reward matches the goal you accomplish and to not overspend.
Setting up a rewards system can help you stick with your exercise program, all while making the process exciting, and because you’ll look forward to accomplishing each goal, not to mention each workout session.
5)) Become Obsessed With Fitness Education
It’s great to take the advice from fitness professionals, but if you want to be able to filter the information for accuracy and apply it effectively to your own body, I highly encourage you to study topics surrounding health, fitness, and wellness.
Remember this; no one will ever care about your health more than you do, even if these individuals want to see you succeed.
Your body, your temple!
I’m not telling you to become an expert, but you’d want to get familiar with how the major fitness components affect one another.
Once you do, you’ll be able to manipulate them to get the results you desire.
For example, by knowing that a pound of fat contains 3500 calories, you could do some simple math to figure out that all it takes to lose that pound is to consume 500 less calories per day than you normally eat 7 days in a row (3500/7 = 500).
You’d never know that if you weren’t armed with this specific knowledge.
Do you see how important it is to learn all you can about fitness?
6)) Track and Measure Progress
There’s an old saying that goes like this, “You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure.”
This is another aspect of fitness most people dislike, because it’s extremely tedious and can be time consuming.
No matter what side of the fence you’re on, tracking things such as your workouts and meals can be beneficial.
Good tracking allows you to troubleshoot your exercise and diet regimen, especially when you stop making progress.
You could simply view your workout journal and meal logs to identify areas that may need adjustments.
If full-on tracking isn’t for you, at the minimum, I highly recommend that you record body measurements at least once per month.
I know that it’s a pain in the rear to track everything from diet, workouts, to body measurements, but the more data you collect, the better, if you make adjustments based on it.
7)) Visualize Your Future Body
Your mind is a very powerful tool that can be used to manifest intangibles into tangibles.
There are a lot of esoteric concepts that have been floating around for centuries.
The Law of Attraction is the most popular of them all.
This is where you visualize an outcome or desire and allow the universe to connect the dots to resources which may help you obtain it.
There is nothing magical about this concept, because there’s no genie in a bottle that will grant you three wishes.
It’s just a method that allows you to focus your energy and efforts on the things you want in life, because we tend to move towards what we focus on.
One of the best ways to use the Law of Attraction to visualize your future body is by creating a dream board.
You’d simply find before and after pictures of people who has your same body type or structure, cut them out and paste them on your dream board.
Then at least once or twice per day, stare at the images while visualizing your body looking the same as their after photos.
I’m telling you, this technique is extremely powerful when done consistently.
Without you even being aware, you mind will automatically believe that you can achieve the same physical results as the folks on your dream board.
What are you waiting for, start creating your dream board today!
8)) Remain Consistent
No matter what fitness goals you have, they’re highly unlikely to be accomplished without consistency.
It would be nice if we could all workout only once or twice every couple of months and remain fit.
Of course that’s not realistic.
Sports teams constantly improve because they consistently train.
People that remain fit usually diet and exercise consistently.
There’s just no way around it.
One of my favorite sayings goes like this, “The Only Place Where Success Comes Before Work Is In The Dictionary.”
Adopting this mindset allows you to instinctively set realistic expectations, which can minimize disappointment when you don’t hit your goals.
9)) Eliminate Negative Self Talk
One of the worst things you can do is to tear yourself down, because believe you me; there are no shortage of people who’re willing to cheer you on while you self-destruct.
Your job is to build up your self-confidence and self-esteem.
This can help you combat those feelings of inadequacies that attempts to creep into your mind.
One of the best ways to boost your confidence and self-esteem is by using affirmations.
According to Wikipedia, an Affirmation is a declaration that something is true. This statement can be truthful, meaning that whatever you are declaring can already exist or it can be something that you wish for; for example, like already having lost 15 pounds. Of course you know that you haven’t actually lost those pounds yet, but if you tell yourself that you have over and over using affirmations, you will boost your positive thinking levels, thus creating so much momentum, you will most likely achieve your goals of losing those 15 pounds in even a shorter period of time than you imagined. In my opinion, this is only considered lying to yourself if you don’t actually put in the work needed to lose the weight.
Example 1: I’m so proud of myself for losing those 15 pounds in 30 days!
Example 2: I love having all this surplus energy!
Example 3: It feels so good to get compliments from my family and friends!
Action Step: Take the time to create your own affirmations and then say them out loud at least twice per day.
10)) Apply Proven Fitness Components
The most powerful approach you can use to lose weight and get into the best shape of your life is to apply the five primary fitness components.
These include Mindset, Motivation, Diet, Cardio, and Resistance Training.
This combination creates a super effective synergistic affect that can explode your fitness success.
Synergy means that all the components combined produces a greater result than each individual part can on its own.
Sure you can lose some weight by dieting only or exercising, but why not drastically accelerate your physical progress in a shorter period of time by combining all five fitness components?
You only live once, so you might as well get the most out of your efforts.
You just discovered the Top 10 Weight Loss Mindset Tips that can set your fat burning on fire.
The biggest reason most people fail when it comes to dropping those extra pounds is because they fail to develop a weight loss mindset.
Willpower and motivation will only get you so far and when that fuel burns out, most people tend to fall back into their old bad destructive habits.
The best way to combat this is to proactively change the way you think about getting into shape and implementing the five fitness components that I mentioned earlier.
If you want your weight loss to be more permanent, then you should begin implementing the ten tips that I’ve shared with you today.
Weight loss begins in your mind; never let anyone tell you otherwise.
Taking control of your mind will help prevent you from falling for every miracle diet and exercise contraption being released into the fitness marketplace.
I hope this helps.