Can’t lose weight? Change your mindset

December 1, 2020

Have you tried to lose weight, be healthy, or eat a proper diet but just end up feeling like you’ve failed again and again?  Some of it is education and understanding our food politics in the U.S.  It really is difficult to eat well when there are so many foods on the market that is unhealthy or as I sometimes tell my clients “not fit for human consumption.”  Education is very important and we address that heavily, but there’s another key component to success – our mindset. 

Most of my clients have the all-or-nothing mindset.  Life just isn’t so.  We should never aim to be perfect because we can’t sustain it.  Instead, we have to learn to work with our brain so it will grow and therefore, we will succeed in our health and weight loss goals. When we have a fixed mindset, we eat more or even give up all together when we “failed” or when we don’t accomplish our goals “now.”  Instead, focus on the power of “yet.”  The results are yet to come and abilities can be developed.  A growth mindset leads to success while a fixed one leads to self-sabotage, emotional eating, and the dreaded weight gain.

Here are some ideas to start you off on a growth mindset:

  • Praise the process. If it doesn’t come easily, that does not mean you will not be good at it.  See it as a challenge.  You can grow!
  • Push yourself out of your comfort zone. This leads to new neuron connections and future success. 
  • Believe that you can improve and that failure is inevitable in order to grow. I see it as a journey and not failure.  You fail if you give up. 
  • Try new strategies. If your approach doesn’t work, try something else.  Reframe it.

Those who have fixed mindsets run away when it feels difficult or choose to disengage.  When we don’t engage, we’ve shot ourselves in the foot and game over.  At Happy Food, changing the way we think about ourselves, our goals, actions, challenges, mind, body are key components to successfully lose weight, eat healthy, and maintain it all with ease.

Get a free health consultation.  See if this is the right match for you by addressing weight loss, cravings, emotional eating, balanced diet, disease prevention, and getting to the root cause of what’s keeping you stuck.

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~ Samantha Hua, Nutrition & Holistic Health Coach, San Diego, CA