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When it comes to lifestyle changes, most of us are programmed to want to move fast and get results even faster. This is totally understandable because it’s motivating to see that hard work is paying off and it’s positive reinforcement to keep going.

One thing that most people tend to neglect, is getting in the right mindset before taking action on a new habit. It may seem like a small thing, but research has shown that a positive mindset can improve outcomes (more on that later!).

Here are four mindset shifts that will help you improve your health:

1

STOP VIEWING FOOD AS GOOD OR BAD

By doing this, you’re basically setting yourself up to feel guilty every time you enjoy a more indulgent meal and that won’t help you stay on track with reaching your goals.

Instead, learn to view foods more objectively. Some foods might be more nutrient-dense, some might be more for pleasure and that’s OK. A registered dietitian can help you figure out a healthy balance between the two.

2

FOCUS ON HEALTH-PROMOTING BEHAVIORS, NOT OUTCOMES

James Clear, author of the popular book Atomic Habits describes this well when he states, “goals are at odds with long-term progress”. He also talks about how being goal-oriented aka outcome-oriented can lead to a yo-yo effect, similar to what I see many people experience with unrealistic weight loss goals.

Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, create habits that support health and good self-care and you’ll be more likely to keep working at it.

3

MOVE TOWARDS A GROWTH MINDSET

Researcher Carol Dweck first coined the terms “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset” which are now frequently cited in books on behavior change and performance improvement.

Fixed mindset is basically believing that your abilities are unchangeable.

Growth mindset is believing that abilities can be developed through effort and persistence. We all fall somewhere on a spectrum between the two.

Why is this important? Because telling yourself you CAN accomplish something is the first step to actually doing it. If you doubt yourself from the beginning, your chances of success are much lower.

Is your mindset holding you back from reaching your full potential?

1. STOP VIEWING FOOD AS “GOOD” OR “BAD”

By doing this, you’re basically setting yourself up to feel guilty every time you enjoy a more indulgent meal and that won’t help you stay on track with reaching your goals.

Instead, learn to view foods more objectively. Some foods might be more nutrient-dense, some might be more for pleasure and that’s OK. A registered dietitian can help you figure out a healthy balance between the two.

2. FOCUS ON HEALTH-PROMOTING BEHAVIORS, NOT OUTCOMES

James Clear, author of the popular book Atomic Habits describes this well when he states, “goals are at odds with long-term progress”. He also talks about how being goal-oriented aka outcome-oriented can lead to a yo-yo effect, similar to what I see many people experience with unrealistic weight loss goals.

Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, create habits that support health and good self-care and you’ll be more likely to keep working at it.

3. MOVE TOWARDS A GROWTH MINDSET

Researcher Carol Dweck first coined the terms “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset” which are now frequently cited in books on behavior change and performance improvement.

Fixed mindset is basically believing that your abilities are unchangeable.

Growth mindset is believing that abilities can be developed through effort and persistence. We all fall somewhere on a spectrum between the two.

Why is this important? Because telling yourself you CAN accomplish something is the first step to actually doing it. If you doubt yourself from the beginning, your chances of success are much lower.

Is your mindset holding you back from reaching your full potential?

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