Mind Diets vs Food Diets

In the push and pull of our desire to win the battle of the bulge, I am convinced that the answer lie's not so much in the correct "food diet" you are on, but with the "mind diet" that you have

A mind diet is an acquired taste for sure! You have to experience it repeatedly to become a new fan of this mindset. And at first it can seem unpleasant (or hard) because you're not use to it but shifting your mindset is one of the best weight loss tools you will have.

So put aside how many fruits or vegetables you should be eating today, or how many carbs, calories or fiber grams you should be ingesting and just think about this - how does someone change the way they think about losing weight?

Hold on a minute, I know what's going through your mind right now, "I know how I got here, I eat too much" but it's bigger than that. You may know how to lose weight (the best diet of the moment) but do you know the why or what of losing weight?

One of the best books I've read recently is Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. book, Succeed - How We Can Reach Our Goals. Among many things she addresses about goal setting is the following:

Goals can be thought of in relatively abstract, why-am-I-doing-this terms or in more concrete, what-am-I-actually-doing terms.

For example, dealing with your unwanted pounds can be thought of as "getting healthier" (why) or "shopping, cooking, and eating better" (what).

Think about your goals in why terms when you want to get energized, stay motivated, or avoid temptations.

Think about your goals in what terms when you are dealing with something particularly difficult, unfamiliar, or anything that takes a long time to learn.

I encourage you to start your mind diet today and know the why and what to help guide you on your weight to a thinner YOU!

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