Now you know about exercising and diet so lets talk about what’s going on inside your head. This is often overlooked but your brain can set you up for success or failure. Having the right weight loss mindset is very important.
But what does that mean? Well for me it’s when an activity is part of the daily life without us thinking much about it. For example you don’t think much about your morning coffee. Or going to the grocery store. Because those are habits. And for habits your subconscious mind is the key.
The Subconscious Mind
When you look up the definition of subconscious it says “the part of the mind of which one is not fully aware but which influences one’s actions and feelings”. That sentence is very important. Basically it says all our habits are stored in our subconscious mind. And that’s where you need to load all your fitness habits!
My fitness and diet habits are deeply rooted inside my subconscious mind. I do most without ever thinking about them. Below I list three methods that have helped me achieve this. In my opinion the best method is the first: throw out your goals and instead develop a system.
Develop a System
You’ve may have heard of Scott Adams. He’s most famous for the comic Dilbert, but he’s also written books about self improvements that covers everything from business to fitness. I highly recommend his book.
He’s not a fan of setting goals and instead recommends creating a system. His argument is that goals can set you up for failures and unnecessary stress. In addition you get a “so what’s now?” feeling when a goal is reached.
A system is like habits that steer you towards success. For example, my fitness system is to go to the gym and eat healthy on the weekdays. And with my system I’m constantly improving and moving towards more success with my health. If I instead used goals, I could say that my waist line needs to be 35 inches by summer. With such a goal I would constantly thinking about, and measuring my waistline. This is bad for your weight loss mindset.
To wrap it up, focus on developing healthy habits that will become your system. This will set you on a path to a healthy life. And a slimmer waistline!
Another weight loss mindset trick is to have active friends in your social circle. If your friends have similar lifestyles, it will help developing healthy habits and load them into your subconscious mind.
In addition, those friends will provide support on your weight loss journey. You’ll share advice and motivate each other. And at times we need someone to talk to. Especially when we don’t achieve the results we wish for.
Focus on the Mirror
I don’t weight myself much anymore. Nowadays it’s pretty much only at the doctors office. But when I was younger I got on the scale everyday. And if the needle didn’t move the way I wanted, I got upset or depressed. Later in life I’ve realized this is not a healthy approach.
Instead, throw out the scale and use your mirror. By looking at yourself it will give you an idea where you are heading. If you adopted a good system like we discussed above, you’ll going to see changes over time.
I also recommend to take progress photos. Once per week is enough. That way you’ll have a good reference point where you were a week ago.
Other Weight Loss Mindset Tricks
Below are some other weight loss mindset tricks not related to your subconscious but useful to know anyway. The first one is the importance of good sleep.
Sleep is very important. Not only for your overall health but also for your weight. Recent research have found a link between lack of sleep and weight gains. For example, when you’re sleep deprived you’re more likely to eat more calories, causing weight gains. Not a good thing!
I’m always aiming for 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep each night. Sadly, today many people are struggling with insomnia. The good news is that there are ways that can help improve your sleep. In this article I’m talking about methods that helped me sleep better.
Focus on Yourself
We are all different. The sooner you realize this the better. Some people will get results faster. Some slower. And some results you’ll never see. For example, I tried many times to get a six pack like those underwear models you see everywhere. That has never worked. My genetics have caused my abs to be bulkier and not symmetric. After I cut down my bodyfat it just looks weird. I’ve accepted that fact and moved on.
What I am trying to say is focus on yourself and don’t compare yourself to others. This will just cause depressions and bad thoughts. Instead work with the tools you have and do things your own pace.