Believe it or not, not having the correct mind-set can and will severely affect your weight loss efforts.
I have met a lot of people who:
- Look for quick results,
- Give 40-50% effort with their training and nutrition and are usually the first to point the finger when the scales does not budge.
So what is the overall problem here?
They do not want the results they seek badly enough.
Also, these people tend to focus on the negatives:
- I am not losing weight, I cannot exercise 4 times/week.
- I cannot commit to changing my eating habits 100%.
- I don’t have the time to live a healthy lifestyle.
We all know people like this who skip from one fad fitness regime to the next year after year and never quite seem to reach their fitness goals. Having said that, there are some people who will really put in the effort with diet and exercise but tend to beat themselves up a lot of the time (I should of lifted more, I shouldn’t of eaten that cake and now I will not lose weight this week), thereby jeopardizing their results.
Attaining your health and fitness goals is about focusing on the long-term success by taking daily steps towards it, without constantly beating yourself up – yes, you will have good days and bad days, yes you will pig out every so often, yes you will miss exercise sessions, but once your mind is focused on the end goal/s with a burning desire, you will inevitably achieve success.
Let me give you an example of what having the correct mind-set looks like:
Now before I start, I would like to point out that I do not call myself a McGregor fan by any means. However, one thing I do admire about this guy is his burning desire for success in his preferred discipline. This guy created a vision and dream in his head of becoming a UFC world champion. He eat, breath and slept this dream over and over until it became a raging furnace inside him, and he believed 100% that he would achieve it in spite of all the doubters and haters who tried to side track him and put him off his goal (now I agree, I don’t think his mouth helped here).
He focused his mind on success. He probably visualized each and every fight before it happened, went through the moves and visualized the outcome so much so that it became a certainty that this would be the way it would enfold. All in all he had the correct mind-set.
Consistency & Persistence
Really these are just sub-pillars of having a correct mind-set. Without the correct mind-set you will not have the consistency and persistence to keep going when things get tough, when results are not coming as quickly as you would like, when daily life gets in the way.
Having someone to report to is a vital part of the weight-loss puzzle. In my own business I have seen this time and time again.
My small group and personal training clients tend to be a very consistent with their training regimes. One of the reasons for this is they know if they miss a session there is someone there to pull them up and question them compared to a commercial gym model where people are usually left to their own devices.
It is not an easy thing to do on your own and having a coach or someone else there to motivate and push you on can be the deciding factor between success and failure in the weight-loss game.
Exercise & Nutrition
Probably the least two important of the six pillars as without the others, these two would be of little value.
The most important fundamentals with nutrition and exercise are that you are eating and exercising according to your fitness goal/s and body type.
Eating refined carbohydrates every day is not going to help you lose those extra pounds but probably have the opposite effect, just like running 20 kilometres 4/5 times a week will not tone up those problem areas.
Understanding your body type is key.
Whether you’re an ectomorph, endomorph or mesomorph or fat or carb dominant, knowing these will make a huge difference in your weight-loss goals.
To your health and fitness,