Having proper knowledge and cutting through food and weight loss myths is only one part of achieving your health goals. Proper goal setting is another important step in achieving your goals. So is a support team! But have you ever been super-determined to achieve your goals, had a decent amount of knowledge and support, only to find yourself stuck at some point? You may get stuck at the same place every time, no matter what method or approach your try.
What is the missing ingredient? Turns out that mindset adjustment is another important component in making positive changes that last. This applies to all aspects of health and wellness, but it is particularly effective for working on weight management and reducing food cravings.
There are many ways you can up-level your mindset for success, and it heavily depends upon where you are as an individual. Here, I am going to share with you three simple upgrades that you can do right away to make a difference.
1. The 80/20 Rule. Eat well and healthy 80% of the time, and let yourself indulge without guilt 20% of the time. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip – this kind of guilt and self-blame does not help you stay on course.
Deprivation is not a sustainable way to make changes that last. You may be able to go cold turkey on your favorite food for two weeks, but want happens after your “diet”? Most people will probably binge, feel bad, and give up. Allowing yourself to eat what you love, and possibly finding healthier substitute to satisfy your taste bud, is how you can make healthy changes that will bring you benefits for a long time to come.
2. The Bigger Why. When you face challenges in adapting dietary and lifestyle changes, and wanting to just go back to the old familiar way of eating, ask yourself – what is costing you not to take action? Perhaps you are struggling with low energy to play with your kids, or attain a healthy weight to become pregnant.
You need to go deep, and think not just the immediate consequences but keep asking “then what?” Why do you really want to make this change, and what will you lose if you do not succeed? Knowing this will motivate you to achieve your ultimate goal.
3. Subconscious Fear and Mental Blocks. If you have been trying to make changes to your diet and lifestyle, but are unable to make breakthroughs beyond a certain point, I invite you to dig deeper into what is holding you back. Maybe it’s not just the matter of willpower at the present moment that is preventing you from succeeding. You may have to do some work to see if any of your past experiences are responsible for some limiting beliefs that are holding you back. And eating is not always about being hungry – you may need to work with a psychologist to get past any underlying issues that you try to mask with food.
Want more? I invite you to check out the Nutrition Shape-up Weight Loss Challenge Coaching Program. It will not only give you all the tools and knowledge that you need to transform your health, but it also gives you the support so that you can get help and get unstuck without losing your momentum. Learn more and see how you can start to transform your health, for permanent lifestyle changes, in just 4 weeks!