4 Mindset Shifts to Help You to Lose Weight Naturally
When it comes to losing weight the healthy plant-based way, your mindset can play a big part in whether you are going to be successful. Approaching weight loss from the wrong perspective is one of the biggest reasons why so many people fail with eating plans. And on the flip side, getting your mindset right can be a game changer for successfully losing weight.
Here are some mindset shifts that could help you to supercharge your weight loss and keep the pounds off!
Think About Why You’re Doing It
Why you want to lose weight can make a lot of difference. Basing your reasons on being happier or looking good are a lot more likely to fail as there’s no saying that losing weight will actually make you feel good about yourself or bring you happiness.
Instead of choosing these kinds of reasons as your basis for weight loss, look at things differently. Think of your weight loss as part of your plant-based journey to becoming healthier and not just a means to getting to an end target. It’s a great opportunity to introduce healthy habits into your life that set the scene for both improving your health and losing weight into the bargain. When your ultimate goal is to live a longer and healthier life, weight loss will probably happen as a nice extra bonus as a result of these new habits.
Don’t Go For Broke
Trying to do too much too soon with your weight loss can work against you and this is one of the reasons why fad diets and drastically reducing your calorie intake aren’t successful in the long term. You might lose some weight to begin with, but chances are, this will quickly tail off and depending on your mindset and eating habits, you will very likely put the weight back on.
When it comes to weight loss, slow and steady tends to do a lot better than trying to lose weight as quickly as possible.
You’re a lot more likely to succeed if you go for smaller shifts that add up to bigger lifestyle changes. If you do them every day, they’ll soon become habits. This is more of a long game and you probably won’t see results straight away but there’s a better chance of actually achieving your weight loss goals compared to focusing on one big goal that could fail.
You want your healthy choices to feel natural and not like a chore or as though you’re depriving yourself and this is where healthy habits can really come into their own. Incorporating healthy snacks being one example. Snacks don’t have to come out of a packet!
Doing all of this on your own isn’t easy though so if you’d like to have a chat please book a FREE call with me today. You can book a free Take Control consultation call here if you feel you would like some 1:1 guidance. I know what it’s like - I’ve been there with the biscuits and chocolate! Getting support and having ways to manage the challenges can make all the difference.
Breaking the Food-Emotions Cycle
One of the factors that can make it hard to lose weight involves emotional eating. We often eat when we’re not really hungry and because we’re feeling certain emotions. Breaking the link between your food and your emotions is a key mindset shift to master if you want to lose weight and keep it off.
A wholefood plant-based diet can really help here, especially if you also decide to cut down on salt, sugar and oil. Sugar is very addictive, and we’re hardwired to crave sweet and fatty foods. Sugary, fatty foods – think ice cream, chocolate and cake are designed to make us feel better. That combination of sugar and fat will make you feel good, albeit temporarily. So much processed food is high in salt too so it can be all too easy to crave salty food. Focusing on real plant-foods will really help to adjust your taste buds and you’ll find you become much more sensitive to these flavours over time. You can eventually get to the stage when you very rarely feel you want those foods.
Moving away from emotional eating helps you to react to genuine hunger cues so you’ll eat to fuel your body with nutritionally dense plant foods, and not in line with how you’re feeling. Mindful eating is a great way to get back in touch with your body’s hunger signals, but it can be a big challenge to master, especially if you’re used to emotional eating. Finding ways to address your emotions that don’t involve food can make a huge difference in being able to lose weight naturally.
Visualising Weight Loss Success
Visualisation can be a powerful technique for weight loss, especially if it’s combined with positive self-talk. How does visualisation work? The theory is that it helps to rewire pathways in the brain so it can be great for breaking habits and learning new ones.
To get the most from it, visualise yourself at your ideal weight, with your body fat transforming into a much more positive form of energy. Keep this mental image in mind as much as possible.
You can use positive affirmations and self-talk to highlight to yourself how you’ll feel when you get to this point. Don’t forget to focus on how you’ll feel with your health, fitness and wellbeing and not just how much better you’ll feel about being slimmer.
Even though this is going to happen in the future, keep your self-talk in the present tense and not the future to make visualisation a more effective mindset shift. Tell yourself that you have the power to change your body through the power of your mind as the finishing touch.
Doing this every day can be a lot more effective than you might think.
Start making a plan for your life long goals for your health, not just the short-term ones.
If you’d like to have a chat please book a FREE call with me today. You can book a free Take Control consultation call here if you feel you would like some 1:1 guidance. It’s what I’m here for!