3 Simple Mindset Shifts To Help You Lose Your Love Handles
“Your mindset matters. It affects everything – from the business and investment decisions you make to the way you raise your children, to your stress levels and overall well-being.” -Peter Diamandis
A sigh of relief filled the air.
I proudly stepped off the scale in my bathroom.
I had just returned home from 3 months of traveling after I graduated from San Diego State University.
In the summer of 2016, I had traveled to Thailand and gained 34 pounds (Yes, you read that right).
May 2017 was the most I had ever weighed… I had always been pretty conscious of what I ate but I had let myself go one summer and the weight kept adding on. The following summer, I decided to take my weight loss efforts seriously. I devoured a bunch of articles on nutrition and fitness, worked out relentlessly for a summer and after I returned from traveling, I was pleased to have lost 28 pounds!
I had been trying to lose the weight I gained for a whole year…and I finally accomplished it. What was different this time around?
—It was my mindset.
Getting Into the Right Mindset
This is probably the most important step to living a healthier lifestyle and losing weight: get in the right mindset. The right mindset will make it easier to lose weight, keep you disciplined and stay on track.
Here are 3 mind shifts to get you into the right mindset.
Shift 1: Don’t Call It A Diet
First off, refrain from calling this weight loss journey “going on a diet”. A diet has all these negative connotations attached to it that may subconsciously make your weight loss journey more challenging. The word tends to imply immense restrictions, sacrifice and a temporary time period. I am a big proponent that a weight loss journey can be enjoyable and not so negative.
Instead of calling your weight loss journey a diet, frame it as a lifestyle change (look into neuro linguistic programming and you’ll understand why this subtle change is so powerful). A lifestyle change implies a long-term alteration and it has a lot more positive connotation. This small swap in words will pay dividends in the long run.
Shift 2: Reframe Your Goals
Instead of setting a goal of losing a certain amount of pounds, think about framing your goals as habits.
For example, instead of having a goal of losing XX amount of pounds, write down what healthy habits you would like to acquire.
Thinking of your goal as habits will prevent you from jumping on the emotional rollercoaster of your weight fluctuations. I only weighed myself once before I left for traveling, and then afterward when I returned — 3 months later. I just stuck to my good habits and had faith the extra weight would shed off me.
Some habits I would recommend to get started would be:
- Drink a glass of water with every meal
- Lift weights at least 4 times a week
- Do high intense interval training 2 times a week
- Be in bed by 10pm
- Get in the habit of eating lean meats and vegetables
Research the best habits you can acquire that will help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Shift 3: Challenge the Paradigms of Yourself
One of the books I read was The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Stephen Covey explains paradigms are a way of thinking, perception or thought process about a certain topic. A paradigm is how you view the world.
Covey explains that our paradigms, for better or for worse, influences our experiences and how we interact with the world. Paradigms we have about our health and wellness can hold a lot of control over our ability to lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle. If your paradigms are inhibiting your weight loss efforts, you would need a paradigm shift.
A paradigm shift is when something changes in an existing paradigm or exchanging old beliefs with new ones. I started to think about how the paradigms of myself impacted my health and weightless journey.
This mind shift can be a hard one to implement if you have been struggling with weight loss for a long time.
In order to lose weight, you may have to challenge your beliefs on who you are as a person.
If you are called an overweight person for a long time… it can become part of your identity. This can really hard to combat. If you grew up being known as a lazy person, who never exercises or eats right, this can make you believe that you are that way and it is a part of who you are. Challenge your beliefs of yourself and try on new beliefs to help you reach your fitness goals.
Try it out. Try on the belief that you are a person who lifts weights, eats really clean, takes care of themselves, and see how those beliefs serve you.
About the Author
Brandon Leuangpaseuth is a writer from San Diego, CA that helps various law firms such as Dickerson Oxton, LLC across the country with their public relations. You can connect with him on LinkedIn @ bleuangpaseuth