When you hear the word “dieting”, what image or words pop into your mind?
Do you think about words like deprivation, restriction, or hard? Does the image of not being allowed to eating your favorite foods, or always having to count calories or points come to mind?
These are all common perceptions because, thanks to the world of marketing and social media, we have made losing weight an impossible, tedious, and unattainable goal.
The marketing machine makes it look like unless you try their product, which guarantees you’ll lose weight in nanoseconds, of course, the only other option is starving and exercising yourself to exhaustion.
Hmmmm, I wonder which option you would choose?
For those of us who are in the health and wellness industry, we face the word “diet” as a hurdle that continuously makes women, men, and yes, even children, stressed and angry. People often feel like they are on an island by themselves, chained with thoughts of failure and their so-called willpower is gone.
Mindset Shift: Diet Means Freedom
NOW, what if the word “diet” means freedom? What if it is a path to a healthier you? No more beating yourself up every time you enjoy your favorite foods; not deprivation but abundance.
Instead of self-loathing, your thoughts are full of understanding and acceptance.
Would you be more inclined to work on “dieting”? I would.
When we talk about dieting, living a healthy lifestyle, being mindful, or being an advocate for your health, they all mean the same thing. They are all an approach to help you reach the same goal.
How To Achieve Dieting Success
How you perceive dieting determines your success.
So ask yourself when you start your wellness journey, what messages are you sending to yourself? Are they messages that support your efforts or have you already started to criticize something you haven’t really started?
If you’re already being critical of your efforts, we need to do a mindset shift to help you have a better perception and outlook on your health and wellness so that you can lose the weight, eat better, reduce stress, become more in tune with your body, and be mindful of your thoughts and actions.
For Weight Loss Success, Ask Yourself These Two Questions
Now I’m sure you’re saying to yourself, “That sounds really great Lisa, but how can I change these thoughts that I have had for years?’
I am so glad you asked! Drum, please, roll maestro. Here is the answer: with education, compassion, and time.
Unfortunately, I can’t go into great detail in this blog post, but I can provide some key questions to ask yourself.
With any new adventure we must first ask, “What is our goal?”
This key question helps start our journey. Now, I am not looking for answers like:,
- I want to lose weight,
- I want to run faster,
- I want to fit into my “skinny” jeans, or
- I want to look great at my next high school reunion.
While those are all acceptable reasons, they are not the TRUE reasons.
My friend Joanne Castillo, who is a personal trainer, calls these “surface level goals,” because they don’t dig deep enough or get to the root of the problem.
Once you spend some quality time asking yourself this question, you can begin to understand what is going to motivate you.
The next question to ask yourself is, “What is the most important problem you want to solve?”
These two answers work together because:
- you need to know what is going to get you up from the couch and get moving,
- you need to know what is in blocking your ability to obtain your goal.
Let me be a little transparent. On my wellness journey I wanted to lose 50 pounds and be thin like I used to be.
It wasn’t until I sat down and was honest with myself about why I felt I had to be thin like before and changing my view in what I should expect was my real problem and goal. Understanding this was a game changer for me.
Give yourself this opportunity and drill down your true reasons to lose weight and be healthy.
If you want to learn more about how to change your mindset and lose the weight then please join me for my free webinar, Lasting Weight Loss 101: Shift Your Mindset on September 25th from 11:30-12:30.
And, as always, I will be providing additional tips on the Luna Wellness Facebook page so stop by and join the conversation there too!
I look forward to hearing your responses and if you applied them in your wellness journey.
Have an inspired and happy day!