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Gary Foster

7 Powerful Mindset Changes for Lasting Weight Loss

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The Shift by Gary Foster is a weight-loss book that offers a mindfulness-based approach. It focuses on changing limiting beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and habitual behaviors related to food and exercise. The author presents practical tips, tools, and real-life examples to inspire and motivate readers to achieve their weight loss goals.

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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.

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    The Shift (2019) by Gary Foster is an insightful exploration of how to create positive change in our lives. Here's why this book is worth a read:

    • With its inspiring stories of personal transformation, the book is a powerful reminder that change is possible for anyone.
    • Offering practical strategies and exercises, it empowers readers to take action and make lasting shifts in their habits and mindset
    • The book provides compelling insights into the psychology of change, helping readers understand the underlying reasons behind their resistance to change.

    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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    What is the main message of The Shift?

    The main message of The Shift is to achieve a balanced life by focusing on personal growth and self-care.

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    Is The Shift a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Shift is worth reading as it provides valuable insights and practical tips for personal development.

    Who is the author of The Shift?

    The author of The Shift is Gary Foster.

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