In the previous post, we looked at the different triggers that are used against you by marketers and manufacturers in order to get you to consume more and more of their products. These underhanded games are being played at the expense of those who don’t see the plays that these people are making which have an effect on shaping your weight loss mindset.
Sometimes this can go much deeper than just the manufacturers and the marketers, sometimes it can come from the last place you would expect it to; your own home! So I want you to stop and take a look at the lifestyle and culture around you, we’re all different, and have grown up with different influences, but even though these may have their differences, they still play a part in forming your weight loss mindset.
Your Environment and Culture
People’s lifestyles are largely dictated by the environment and culture they live in. Western society is such that we are not required to be active anymore. we are far less active than our forefathers because today we have all the mod cons that make our lives easier and quicker. We do not use our bodies as they are naturally intended to be used.
According to a report carried out by the National Audit Office of the House of Commons and released in 2001, ‘Tackling Obesity in England‘, most adults are overweight and around one in five people are obese. Fast forward to 2018, almost a generation later and the results have not gotten any better with 2 out of every 3 being overweight, and one in two being obese! The future looks statistically bleak.
When these figures are compared with other countries in Europe, there are some questions about the differences that begin to emerge with regard to weight loss mindset and how this impacts on overall health. Obesity has worrying implications for health, with conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and heart disease being some of the more prominent ones we know about.
Think about the trend that we have seen since 2001 through to today, our society is getting more and more unhealthy, and more and more overweight. We are effectively conditioning the next generation to be obese, but that can change.
You Wear Your Beliefs Like A Billboard
This may seem a little strange to some at first, but the truth of the matter is that you are a walking advertisement for what your beliefs are. If you want to see what your beliefs are about money and finances, have a look at your bank account. If you want to see what your beliefs are about relationships, have a look at your circle of friends and family. If you want to see what your beliefs are about health and fitness, stand naked in front of your bathroom mirror and have a look at yourself.
This is by no means intended to be an exercise in belittling, or stone throwing on your account, not at all. This is simply a way of showing you that it is not your biological genetics that got you to where you are today alone. Yes, they will play a part for some to a degree, it is your beliefs and current mindset that has got you to where you are right now.
Allow me to elaborate, every person does the things they do based on a certain set of ‘reasons’. These reasons come from what they have learned over time to be true. This is where we begin to look at ‘beliefs’ which can be things like their beliefs about religion, money, relationships, society, work, education, the list can go on and on. In the majority of cases they didn’t choose these beliefs, they simply grew up around them and into them.
Just because they are beliefs doesn’t mean that they are inherently correct, or valid. I would like to invite you to challenge your beliefs about something, given that we are looking at improving your weight loss mindset, let’s look at something a little less divisive than religion and look at food.
What are the things that you do every day without really thinking about it that result in you consuming something that might not be helping you get to where you want to be in your weight loss journey? Maybe you choose to order takeaway meals regularly. Why do you do this? Do you believe that this is justified because you work long hours, or have to pick the kids up from soccer practice, or something like that which you see as taking up the time you could use to cook at home instead?
It doesn’t need to be some dark secret that you’re ashamed to admit. Your beliefs about food are usually based on a story you have told yourself, or have been told by your parents or the societal environment you grew up in, or have lived in for a time. With the reinforcement of repetition over time, these singular occurrences have formed into a pattern, or a habit.
So your beliefs feed your current mindset, your current mindset feeds your habits, and your habits provide you with your current results. This is why we need to look at working on your weight loss mindset rather than suggesting a diet drink or a meal plan. Without looking at why you do what you do that has got you to where you are today, these short-term fixes will fall over and you’ll find the scales tell you that you are gaining weight again.
The process of changing your thinking to improve the development of your weight loss mindset is not difficult, it’s not going to be a walk in the park either, but once you begin you will see that it is actually quite simple. The first 3 to 4 weeks are quite often the hardest, but, stick to it and you will see noticeable results.
After looking at the connections between the stages in the progressions from beliefs to results, spend some time thinking about the results you have, and work backward to consider why you have those results. What are the habits that have got you there? Then think about the current mindset that drives or feeds those habits. And finally, the toughest part is identifying the beliefs behind that current mindset.
|How Your Beliefs Become Your Results|
|What the World Can’t See||What the World Can See|
|Takeaway food is quick and easy||I’m running late so takeaway is ok||Takeaway food is consumed when running late||Unhealthy eating choices result in unhealthy weight gain|
|Hard work is the only way to succeed||I need to work more overtime if I want to get promoted||Longer hours worked, less time exercising, less time preparing and planning meals||Unhealthy exercise and eating choices result in unhealthy weight gain and health complications|
|No pain, no gain||Exercising is difficult and painful, I don’t want to feel pain||Avoiding exercising and putting more time into other things instead (distractions)||No exercise routine is followed, you look unfit and display unhealthy weight gain, and subsequent health complications|
What beliefs have you identified that you need to work on, and how do you see these improving your position with your weight loss mindset? Find three results that you have with your weight loss journey that you would like to change and work on these using the activity shown above. In the next post, we will explore some ideas around internal dialogue and weight loss.