Losing weight is on many women’s minds this time of year, but wanting to lose weight and actually doing it effectively are two entirely different things.
There is so much information out there, that it becomes overwhelming. Different diets, workout plans, structured plans like WW, Paleo or Keto, just counting calories or carbs, and so much more.
It also goes beyond just figuring out which method of weight loss to go with, but the obsession and unhealthy habits that having a diet mindset can create. In this week's blog post, I'll show you a little more about why you should ditch the typical diet mindset and work on developing a healthy mindset about weight loss instead.
When you have a diet mindset, you are focusing on your diet alone. It's not usually just eating a more balanced diet, but restricting your calories, cutting out carbs, and ditching entire food groups.
When you have a diet mindset, you are focusing on your diet alone. But it is not usually just eating a more balanced diet, but restricting your calories, cutting out carbs, ditching entire food groups.
You try to eat as little as possible in order to lose as much weight as you can. These extremes create an obsession with counting calories, burning fat, and trying to “win” at weight loss. It can lead to unhealthy habits, starvation, over-exercising, and so much more.
Instead of developing this extreme diet mindset, take it slow, one habit at a time.
Figure out your unhealthy habits, then gradually improve one habit at a time. Do you drink a lot of soda? Replace it with sparkling water. Is your diet high in refined sugar? Try more natural ways to get in sugar, such as fresh fruit. Do you snack throughout the day? Add more protein and fibre to your meals, and you won’t feel the need for this.
You want to think about weight loss in terms of longevity. Sure, you could follow a strict diet and lose weight quickly, but will you keep it off? NOPE.
Girllll, it's gonna take time for your body to adapt to this new lifestyle. Think of it this way: it took time to put the weight on your body. Therefore, it will take time to take the weight off. So don't go on a diet and obsess over your weight. Start by simply beginning to eat healthier and move around every day (8000 steps daily is a FAB place to start) and your weight will naturally begin regulate to a healthy level until you're ready to take it to the next level.
Dieting is not a natural way for you to live. Therefore, get rid of the "diet mindset" and begin to permanently change the way you eat. Before you know it, you will trade in your overweight and unhealthy body for a stronger, fitter and healthier you.
I recently did a podcast interview over at Fit Chicks Chat where I shared how I got my start as a nutritionist and the struggles I had for years with my weight, anxiety and depression. I was able to snag the video recording for you to watch if you prefer - Click Here to Watch It!
In this very personal interview I talk about the beginning of my own weight loss journey, the struggles and my desperation to lose weight using alllll the quick fixes I could find (BTW, they DON'T work!).
Girlie, take some time to either listen to the podcast (or watch the vid if you prefer) so you can understand that you're NOT alone on your journey for better health!