To be successful in weight loss, we need to change our collective mindset. Flip the internal dialogue to this: I don’t lose weight to get healthy, I get healthy to lose weight. Almost everyone has tried a “diet plan”, which usually either doesn’t work, isn’t sustainable, or yields only temporary results. Instead, shift the focus to what can be done to start getting healthier—with this new mindset, and a few simple tweaks, weight loss will happen in a healthy way as overall health is achieved!
Gaining clarity as to why it’s significant to lose weight, and making it a powerful reason, is the first step. Clarifying a personal why—such as having more energy, gaining more confidence, lowering the risk of disease where weight is a contributor, or healing our gut from toxins—gives a stronger commitment to reaching those weight loss goals.
The outdated traditional weight loss mindset involved three things: lose weight to get healthy (fact: thin does not equal healthy); calories in, calories out (fact: a low-calorie food is not necessarily a healthy food); cholesterol is bad (fact: cholesterol is necessary for brain function and cellular health). The contemporary functional weight loss mindset focuses on good health: get healthy and release excess weight; choose nutrient-dense whole foods; sugar is the worst (excess sugar creates excess energy in the body which is stored as fat).
Everything we consume falls into three main food categories:
- Protein – not a main energy source; converted into fundamental building blocks called amino acids which build and repair tissue. Choose non-inflammatory proteins (beef, chicken, fish, eggs, beans, legumes, etc.) over proinflammatory proteins (processed proteins such as bacon, sausage, etc.).
- Fats – eating fat does not make us fat. Healthy fats are those that occur naturally in food sources; bad fats are those made by the body due to excess energy, which creates fat.
- Carbs – choose good carbs (complex) such as dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes over bad carbs (simple) like starchy foods and sweets. Replace simple carbohydrates with healthy fats to feel fuller.
Learn more about why dieting won’t work for weight loss, and how to flip the script to a mindset for healthy eating, by tuning into Module 1 of The Down5 Pounds Challenge.