The weight loss mindset
Weight Loss and dieting are often approached with the wrong mindset; people just think from the start that they are going to fail. The reason for this is that they tried a diet or two in the past and since they did not become a super model or beefcake overnight that the diet did not work and they had failed because of the diet.
Something to understand about any plan is that you do not fail until you quit. If you have a setback, or you are not losing weight fast enough, just keep going with it. As long as you are working towards your weight loss and fitness goals, you are still in the game. A setback is only a learning experience and not failure. You are not a failure until you quit.
What happens to many people is that they have tried and failed many weight loss diets, and when they try the next new diet, they start with the knowledge that they will fail in this attempt as well. Unfortunately this is a self-fulfilling prophesy, because they will fail. They have gotten used to quitting and are ready to accept their fatness as their future, and would rather not make the effort to change their life.
A success is a change in life
That is what a successful weight loss program is, a change in life. Face it; if you keep doing what you are doing, you will get the same result. If you want something different you have to do something different, and so it goes. Many people quote Henry Ford when he said, “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, your right”.
If you want to lose weight and get healthy then you must make a lifelong commitment. There is no “lose a few pounds” and go back to doing what you were doing before, you simply gain the weight right back. To successfully lose the weight you must change your behavior for the rest of your life. For weight loss to be permanent, you must make a permanent change in the way you live your life.
Of course, if you think you are going to fail at the next diet you will, you are dooming yourself to failure before you even start, so why bother. Think about why none of the other diets have worked for you. Is it because you started and then quit at the first sign of difficulty? Please realize that the difficulty is a good sign, that you are making a change. The change is not measured in pound but in happiness.
You started the weight loss program because you were not happy with the self that you have, yet your inner habits do not want to change because it fears success. Do not fear successes, success is only a journey, the rewards are long lasting. If you lose the weight and get fit, you will be a lot happier, not to mention healthier.