Are you trying to lose weight, but finding it hard to stay focused? Do you find that you lose a little weight, only to gain it back again the following week? The battle always starts inside your mind and focus can be a big area of struggle for most. Find out these 3 powerful weight loss mind tricks to get you laser focused on your goals.
Losing weight can be a tricky and frustrating process, especially when our minds always try to hold us back...
Your mind will tell you to give up when your weight loss gets too hard... To eat, even when not you're not hungry (just bored) To keep your intensity low at the gym, even when you know you should be going harder to sweat more... among many other things.
Being able to control your mindset, in order to become more disciplined and focused, is absolutely crucial if you truly want to lose the weight and keep it off for good.
And like anything it can take some time and practice, to drill down certain habits and beliefs to trigger you to stay focused in difficult situations.
Some studies show that to build a great habit, it can take 66 days on average. Slightly more or less depending on the individual. But personally I feel that number seems about right...
If you spend around 2 months, of consistent adherence to your diet and training, chances are you will develop some great habits.
Here are these 3 powerful mind tricks to get you laser focused on your weight loss goals:
1. Set yourself a weight loss deadline
This is super crucial! We naturally love to procrastinate with our weight loss goals and without a set deadline to hold us accountable, we simply lose focus by the day...
Set yourself a realistic deadline for your weight loss goals, it could be something such as "I want to lose 6kg in the next 12 weeks"
Ask yourself, is that realistic for you?
Losing 0.5kg per week is generally quite realistic for the average person and is quite a healthy weight loss goal to aim for.
2. Set yourself small weekly weight loss goals
I find that in order to keep yourself focused, what works best is to set yourself short term weekly goals.
They could be as small as "I want to lose 0.5kg and drop 1.5cm off my waist, by the end of this week"
This will keep your mind on something quick that you can achieve in the short term, in this case by the end of the week....
We love seeing quick and measurable results and the chances are if you achieve this small goal of yours by the end of the week. And repeat that every week... Your focus will 10X and all the weight loss will add up.
3. Practice positive affirmations daily
Most people, have a lot of mental garbage that holds them back, without even realizing.
Deep thoughts about yourself, drilled down somewhere inside your mind...
1. I hate/dislike myself
2. I am not worthy of success
3. I am fearful of change and stepping out of my comfort zone
Now it's completely normal to have some of these things going on inside your mind...
But in order to become the best version of you and to really gain that laser focus and amazing discipline to start nailing your weight loss goals... We have to flip those negative thoughts by doing things such as practicing positive affirmations.
Now you're probably super skeptical and you might think, meditation/positive affirmations are like Voodoo Magic for the mind, practiced only by monks...
Let me tell you, I've practiced daily positive affirmations for only about 5-10 mins, over the last 160 days, only missing out on 2-3 sessions... And it's made a huge difference within my mind!
I personally practice positive affirmations daily, in the morning around 9-10am on my 28th floor balcony... By closing my eyes and repeating positive thoughts inside my mind, being grateful for what I have and finishing off with some success mantras.
It doesn't have to take you very long, only about 2-5 minutes.
Any time that you can spend to tell yourself on a daily basis, things such as:
1. I love myself and I am grateful for what I have.
2. I am worthy of success and I WILL SUCCEED.
3. I am willing to change and will embrace any challenges ahead.
You can always personalize some of the above, to suit you and the thoughts that are MOST POWERFUL to you, that can really fire you up, help you to stay focused and stay on track with your weight loss goals!
TAKE HOME MESSAGE
Learning how to control your mindset, in order to stay focused with your weight loss goals, can be the most important and valuable thing that you can do.
The battle ALWAYS starts inside your mind and if you have doubt that you will succeed, fearful to commit and to step out of your comfort zone and not willing to embrace your transformation... Chances are you will fail with your weight loss goals and that would not feel very good..
By practicing and using some of the above 3 weight loss mind tricks, you can develop some great habits and really gain some amazing focus.. I know I use them on a daily basis with some great success.