Developing A Healthy Mindset For Weight Loss

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Something I’ve talked a lot about here on Success Building Blocks is mindset, and for a very good reason.  When you have the right mindset, you can accomplish just about anything.  That’s why mindset is so important.

Last night, I started going through the Truth About Abs by Michael Geary.  Want to know what the first step  he talks about?  Having a healthy mindset.  In fact, he says “The #1 reason for failure to achieve their fitness goal in most people is the general procrastination, laziness, and poor mental attitude about what they BELIEVE they can actually achieve.”  Think about that a moment.  Most people fail because of a lack of belief.  So, how do you develop the right mindset for losing weight?

To start with, you need to change the frame of reference.  Your goal really isn’t to lose weight.  You have to lose weight to get your desired result, but it is not the goal itself.  What you really want is to feel healthier and more energetic.  Now, I realize that this, in a true “goal” sense is not a very good goal because that is a hard thing to quantify.  But we must start with the understanding of what it is  you want to achieve.

Now, we can look at the desired result and say that to get that result, we need to lose 20 pounds.  We can figure that out by using an ideal body weight chart which your doctor can help you with or you can try to find one online.   Your ideal body weight is what you should aim for.  For example, say you found out that for your height, the ideal is 150 pounds but you weigh 170.  You don’t want to think in terms of  what you have to lose.  Your focus should be on weighing 150 pounds.

Once you have that goal in mind and you have an idea of what it would feel like to weigh that amount, start visualizing it.  Picture it in your head how you feel when you step on the scale and see that amount.  Try to imagine how you would be able to move around easier.  How much energy do you have?  What is your excitement level like?  What does your body look like?  Every day, try to relive that experience and believe it can happen to you.

That’s all there is to finding a healthy mindset for weight loss.  Decide on what your goal looks like, determine what you need to do to reach your goal, and visualize yourself reaching it.  If you can learn to do these three things, you will find yourself able to reach your weight loss goals.

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  • Candice Michelle December 15, 2011, 5:57 am

    Well, for me, even if you are using an effective weight loss plan, if you do not have the right mindset, you will not gain the best results possible from your effort. Having the right mindset plays a major role on losing weight. And I’m thankful that you’ve given me an insight on how to have a proper mindset.
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  • Grady Pruitt December 15, 2011, 4:11 pm

    Glad you found this useful, Candice!

  • Candice Michelle December 16, 2011, 4:46 am

    By the way, what if you are a little short on your goal, meaning, your target is to lose 20 pounds, but you only achieved 17 pounds within the desired period of accomplishment. Will you modify your mindset to a better one or stick to it.
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  • James@ Thoughts On Life December 16, 2011, 8:08 pm

    hey Candice, when looking at what you have done, always look at what you achived and be proud of that. Then, look at where you can do better and keep doing more of the same things.
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  • Grady Pruitt December 17, 2011, 1:16 am

    Thanks for helping me out there. That’s exactly what I was going to say.

  • Grady Pruitt December 17, 2011, 1:16 am

    I agree with James. I’d celebrate the achievement and look at what I could have done better and what I could do differently. Sometimes, it takes longer than we think for one reason or another. Rather than give up, especially when you’re that close to your “target”, I’d keep on going. In less than the same time frame again, I would have easily reached the goal I previously missed and then some.

    Good luck, Candice!

  • Chris Antonelli@Herndon va mls December 15, 2011, 2:05 pm

    Having a good mindset can really help you achieve a l0t of things in your life. In the case of losing weight most people do not achieve their desired weights while some quit before reaching the weight that they wanted to reach. This is because they do not have the correct mindset to help them with their weight loss.

  • Grady Pruitt December 15, 2011, 4:15 pm

    I agree, Chris. Finding the right mindset can be challenging, but worth the effort. I also think people focus too much on the “losing” part rather than the desired target. For one thing, if I lost 10 pounds, gained 7, and lost another 10, I would have lost 20 pounds… But would I be that much closer to my target?

    Thanks for your comments, Chris!

  • Ileane December 27, 2011, 4:05 am

    Hi Grady,

    Thanks for the encouragement man, I really needed to come by and get some after all that holiday eating. I’m going to get back on the path of living a healthier life and improving my state of mind.
    Have a great week and a happy new year!
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  • Grady Pruitt December 29, 2011, 1:47 am

    I’m always willing to send some encouragement out, Ileane! Thanks for stopping by! And you can do it!

  • julie January 3, 2012, 4:23 pm

    personally i think if you are determined to succeed, you will, a lot of people go half heartedly into losing wweight, this is why they fail half way through

  • Grady Pruitt January 16, 2012, 12:14 am

    Very true of just about every goal. With the right mindset and actions, you can reach any goal.

  • Sally Brown January 14, 2012, 6:27 pm

    Hi Grady,

    I like your article since this is exactly one of the goals I have made. You have helped me to further getting my mind around this goal. I usually spend about two weeks just preparing my mind for a goal. You suggestion about looking at the figure I want to arrive at instead of the amount I need to lose . I’m going to try this. Thanks a lot. Sally
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  • Grady Pruitt January 15, 2012, 11:43 pm

    Hope it helps, Sally!

    To be honest, a lot of people make the mistake of defining their weight goals in terms of “I want to loose 50 pounds” instead of “I weigh my ideal weight of 135 pounds”. One thing I keep seeing is that the mind doesn’t really process the “negative”… In the first, you’re focused on “50 pounds”, so that’s what the body delivers… 50 more pounds. But when you focus on what you do want, the ideal weight, then your body responds and helps you reach that weight.

    I need to work on my own weight issues, though I don’t have as much to loose as most… I just need to convert what I have to muscle weight ;)

    Thanks for your comments!

  • jess@document_shredding April 23, 2012, 11:25 am

    Most people really focus more on exercise when attempting to lose weight. However, I think that the diet is probably even more important. It really helped me to keep a food journal and document my calorie intake for a few weeks, just to get an idea on where my pit falls were. It really is easy to lose track, otherwise. I cut back and made healthier food and drink choices, then added a few hours of exercise per week and before I knew it I was shredding those pounds off. You also feel much better and more energized when eating right.

  • Grady Pruitt April 24, 2012, 3:21 am

    Diet is important, Jess, but I think both are needed for long term success. Your suggestions, though, are a great way to keep track of what you are ingesting! Thanks for your comments!

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  • Grady Pruitt April 24, 2012, 11:19 pm

    If you ask me, diet pills (herbal or not) areno substitute for a proper diet and exercise. I’m not saying they can’t work. But if you don’t change your habits, I don’t think you’ll have long term success.

  • Martha Biel June 1, 2012, 2:22 pm

    Well, I followed a personal diet and lost around 8 kgs in a month!

    To sum it up

    ~Lots of proteins rich and green veggies
    ~No sugar/dairy/processed stuff.

    That’s it and it worked pretty good.
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  • Grady Pruitt June 4, 2012, 2:58 am

    That’s great, Martha! How long have you been able to keep that weight off?


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