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Gary Foster

7 Powerful Mindset Changes for Lasting Weight Loss

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    For weight loss, what you think is more important than what you eat.

    OK – pop quiz. Which do you think is healthier: a banana, or banana bread?

    Too easy? Alright, here’s another one: Which is a healthier breakfast, oatmeal or pancakes? Still acing it? Here’s one more. It’s lunchtime, should you pick grilled fish or fried fish?

    If you picked banana, oatmeal, and grilled fish – congratulations, you get the blue ribbon for wise food choices. But in all honesty – were these really hard questions?

    Deep down, you probably already know the answers to which foods are best for your optimal health. That’s why we’re not going to dive into the benefits of one diet versus another. Instead, we’re going to dig into the real transformation, the one that happens inside your head.

    Because here’s the beating heart of the issue: when it comes to weight loss, what you think is way more important than what you eat.

    To really tackle significant and sustainable weight loss, you have to alter your mindset. Thoughts about your body and your weight are tied to your self-esteem, how you view yourself, and sometimes ideas about your success and future. Until you disentangle these things, you can’t make meaningful progress.

    So, in these blinks, you’ll learn about seven mindset shifts. But before we start, let’s confront one truth: setbacks will happen.

    They happen to the most disciplined, organized, determined people, and they’ll most likely happen to you at some point. An extravagant birthday weekend will challenge your discipline, your organizational skills will fall aside when your preschooler gets sick and you need to take care of her, a reservation to a tempting new five-star restaurant will undo your stern determination.

    And all of that’s OK. Setbacks happen to everyone, and they can be overcome. In fact, the occasional obstacle serves to sharpen the skills we’re about to explore and will help you on your journey to meaningful, sustainable weight loss.

    So let’s dive in and start a journey of small steps that can take you to a whole new destination. First stop: self-compassion.

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    What is The Shift about?

    The Shift (2021) breaks down how to achieve weight loss by shifting your mindset. By changing the way you think about yourself and your body, you can set into motion incredible changes that can alter not just your body, but also your sense of self, happiness, and self-worth.

    Who should read The Shift?

    • Weight-loss seekers
    • People who want to improve their self-esteem
    • Supporters of a loved one who wants to lose weight

    About the Author

    Gary Foster teaches psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and is also the chief science officer at WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers). He’s the author of more than 200 articles and three books about the treatment of obesity.

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