Beliefs are powerful in shaping our reality. Our belief systems are basically rooted from society and conditioned by culture, religion, family and other factors. They affect our attitude, behavior, and even our health. In total, our beliefs shape us to become who and we are.
As so, our thoughts can and will have an effect on us, especially when we want to lose weight. In particular, we can be affected by what is known as “diet mentality,” a mindset that we develop and carry with us all our life. In order for us to have effective weight loss, it is important to understand and avoid this diet mentality.
What is Diet Mentality?
Diet mentality is the sum total of your beliefs when it comes to your diet and your body. These are your thoughts on your “ideal weight” and what you should be doing in order remain that way. They may have come from your upbringing or, perhaps, ingrained into your subconsciousness due to social conditioning.
Common diet mentality thoughts include:
- I have to count calories to lose weight
- I have to weigh my food to lose weight
- I have to work out really hard 7 days a week to maintain my weight loss
In truth, society has gone through many different fads when it comes to dieting and weight loss. However, the problem with this is that most of these thoughts are not true. You do not have to count calories to lose weight. You do not have to weigh your food every time. You do not need to stop eating non-fat and real-fat versions of food.
How Do You Avoid Diet Mentality?
The first thing you need to do is to understand your own diet mentality. Remember, thoughts precede action, so you are actually shaping your body through your thoughts. What your mind is thinking about is what your body is going to react to.
A very simple but powerful exercise is to take 5 minutes to write down all of your thoughts on weight loss. Write everything down, unfiltered. This will help you look and really see what your beliefs are telling you. Moreover, by writing it down, you can go through each one and turn each of them around one by one.
Here are a few examples:
- “I have to restrict calories to lose weight.”
- Turn it around by saying, “I can eat what I want. I just need to listen to my body and listen to what it asking for.”
- “I have to weigh my food to lose weight.”
- Turn it around by saying, “I am tuning into my body and I listen to when it is full,” and, “My body will reach its natural weight when I am not overeating.”
Therefore, the only thing you need to do is to really start listening to what your body is telling you. So get clear on what they are, write them down, and turn them around.
Avoiding Diet Mentality
It can be so easy to fall into bad patterns thanks to your thoughts. Thus, it is imperative to stem bad behaviors and the diet mentality in order to really work on your weight loss goals.
Your turn! What diet mentality do you have and how do you think you can resolve it? Let me know in the comments below!