Real talk: Weight loss can be complicated. There is no one-size-fits-all approach or hot tip. What works for your friend won’t necessarily be a good match for you. But there is one consistent theme in weight loss that experts swear by: The way you approach it from a mental standpoint will have an impact on whether you’re able to actually lose weight—and keep it off.
“Mindset is basically the same as attitude,” says Sonya Angelone, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “It affects motivation and determination, which affect compliance to any program.”
Your mindset has so much to do with staying motivated and how you talk yourself through your weight-loss journey, says Jessica Cording, RD, the author of The Little Book of Game-Changers. “If someone has good intentions but their mindset is not supportive of that plan, it’s going to be really hard to stay on track,” she adds.
Of course, knowing you want to have a good mindset and actually getting there are two different things. With that in mind, we spoke to real women who have successfully lost weight, along with experts, for the absolute best tips that helped them approach the process in a healthier and more sustainable way.
Meet the experts: Sonya Angelone, RD, is a nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Jessica Cording, RD, is a nutritionist and the author of The Little Book of Game-Changers.
“Ditch the short-term mindset and play the long game.”
Chicago resident Natalie Butler lost 66 pounds in 2007 on a keto and low-carb diet. But the 35-year-old says she regained it and “felt like the biggest failure ever.”
“I began to hide and miss out on life because I didn’t want people to see how I ‘failed,’” she adds. Her breaking point was when she “ruined” a trip to Cabo. “I wanted to stay in the hotel room because, like every other vacation, I set a goal to lose 30 to 40 pounds and failed. I cried the entire night, but eventually I got tired of crying and realized I was worth more than that,” she says.
So, Butler decided to focus on creating a healthier lifestyle for herself. “If you want long-term…