While there is something to be said about weight loss diets, many of them aren’t what they’re cracked up to be, and some can be downright dangerous. For one thing, it’s all too easy to abandon a weight loss diet that doesn’t seem to be working. The most effective diets tend to work slowly but steadily. If you want to lose 10 pounds in a week by going on a strict diet, it’s possible to do so, but the chances are the weight won’t stay off very long.
Willpower is often needed to see your way through a weight-loss diet, even more important is mindset. Mindset comes into play when designing a healthy diet. You don’t require fantastic will power for the simple fact that when you are following a healthy diet, you really aren’t depriving yourself of anything. Will power is a tool that forces you to stay on a path. Mindset on the other hand is a tool that focuses more on goals and objectives. When you have the proper mindset, you won’t be easily persuaded to abandon the diet plan you are following. You know it may take time, but you also know it will work. If you plan your diet carefully, you won’t feel you are depriving yourself of anything.
Willpower is often the thing that can carry you through the short term, although at times it is not enough. Weight-loss diets are usually short term, and rapid weight-loss diets almost have to be short term if you want to keep your health intact. Mindset on the other hand helps you keep focused on longer term objectives.
Mindset does not deal with things you must do or foods you must not eat. If you focus on what you must or must not do, you will sooner or later rebel. If your focus is one what you want, which is what mindset is based on, you’re less apt to rebel or slip back. If your mindset is thinking thin, then that is what you want, and that is what you will continue to work toward.
You have to have a goal that is attainable. Most weight-loss diets are not attainable in the strictest sense of the word, because the weight that is lost tends to return if you don’t have a follow-up plan, or as the politicians like to say, an exit strategy. Exit strategies are built into mindsets – almost by definition.
Diet and exercise are important. Calorie counting is important. The lifestyle you lead is important. Take all of these into account when defining your goal and creating a mindset directed towards thinking thin. Be patient, follow your nose, and you’ll eventually get there.
Written by William Savage of www.babblingink.com