Before telling yourself “I need to be healthy, I need to diet”, it’s more important to make sure you get yourself in the right mind set to being. People who don’t start off with the right mind set are sure to drop out and give in to the health wrecking foods, rather than those who are focused on their goals and choose their nutrition based on their lifestyle and regular daily diet.
Three things you need to focus on when thinking about a healthy diet and setting yourself up to a proper mind set:
You’re Willing To Accept Mistakes
You need to understand that no one is “perfect”. Mistakes happen and don’t pretend they don’t. If you are expecting to be 100% perfect as soon as you start, then you’ve set yourself up for problems. It is how you go about with these mistakes that determine the outcome of your success.
You Focus on Effort
The next thing you need to do is to make sure you focus on the effort you are putting in rather than the outcome, having a healthy mind set and a balanced diet should be part of your lifestyle instead of something you need to do to achieve a goal. Losing weight is hardly ever linear, instead, most of the times you will see different periods of weight loss either being faster or slower than usual, don’t let this put you off. Remember, it’s about effort and lifestyle, not outcome.
You won’t progress and achieve any significant results if you are just going to be thrown off by every little barrier that comes your way. Your body adapts to change in different ways which you can’t control and this could end you up feeling powerless, instead give maximum effort into what you can control – work out and eat right.
It’s important that you are willing to be flexible towards your approach. A lot of things always happen in life, some of which could get in the way of your diet at times, make sure you are flexible in dealing with it.
Not everything works for everyone, you won’t have a perfect daily diet from the first day, you will need to adjust your diet as you go along with what life throws at you. If you try making your diet so fixed that one little change will throw you off, you probably won’t follow that diet for very long.
Think About the Long Term
Make it a long term goal that you will keep being healthy, not something to do from now until you reach your goal. Picture it as something you need to do to go on about your life every day and forward. If you are thinking to yourself you’re going to be fine after you have reached your goal and drop all the habits you picked up on the way, the odds are you won’t reach your goal in the first place.
So stick with these points and set your mind to a healthy frame, it will make the difference.