Change your mindset to lose weight fast

If you’ve been trying to lose weight for some time, but not having much success, it could be your way of thinking that’s getting in the way.

Even if you’re ‘doing all the right things’, if your mindset isn’t right, you’ll continue to struggle to change your body shape and your weight.

And one of the most powerful mindsets is the diet mindset.

What is the diet mindset?

The diet mindset is complex and can take some time to overcome. It’s strongly linked to immediate results, low self-esteem, lack of flexibility and deprivation which is primarily born from the diet industry.

Anyone who has ever been on a diet (and that’s most of us), can relate to the belief that you have to deprive yourself and get everything right, in order to lose weight fast.

While you might recognise that these two beliefs are diet mindset beliefs, there are a whole lot more that you may not even be aware of.

Signs you have a diet mindset

If you can relate to any of the following, then you have a diet mindset.


  1. restrict or deprive yourself of food
  2. are constantly looking for the next ‘quick-fix’ or diet
  3. are looking for the ‘secret’ to losing weight
  4. believe you have to eat perfectly to lose weight
  5. take things personally
  6. believe it’s your fault that things go wrong
  7. binge and then diet
  8. don’t believe in enjoying food
  9. count calories
  10. believe carbs are the enemy and focus on a low-carb diet
  11. see food as good or bad
  12. feel guilty when you eat ‘bad’ food
  13. try to do too many things
  14. believe you need to keep doing more
  15. think meal replacements are the answer
  16. want to add in extra exercise sessions or longer workouts
  17. ignore your body’s signals
  18. find it hard to rest, even when you’re tired and sick
  19. try to control everything
  20. need approval from other people
  21. place your value in how much you weigh or what size clothing you wear
  22. weigh yourself a lot
  23. focus on the scales, rather than how your body feels and functions
  24. eat diet food to justify eating junk food
  25. obsess over the sugar content in honey or fruit, when you eat a block of chocolate
  26. tell yourself that your diet starts tomorrow, or next week, or next month
  27. believe you’ll be happy when you lose weight
  28. take an ‘all or nothing’ approach
  29. are afraid of food
  30. worry that eating food will make you fat
  31. jump from one diet to another, hoping it will help you lose weight fast
  32. fall off the wagon’ often
  33. ‘get back on track’ often
  34. trade food for exercise
  35. feel disconnected when you’re not training
  36. exercise as a punishment for eating
  37. only look for big changes to your weight or scales
  38. discount small positive changes
  39. focus on physical changes instead of habit changes
  40. freak out about gaining weight, or the scales going up
  41. procrastinate
  42. are scared of failing
  43. focus on the goal of losing weight, instead of the process you need to make it happen
  44. compare yourself to other people
  45. aim to be perfect in all you do
  46. believe that if you ‘stuff up’ with one meal, you’ve stuffed up for the whole week
  47. tell yourself you’re naughty if you don’t eat ‘healthy’
  48. focus on clean eating
  49. feel in control when you control what you eat
  50. feel out of control when you don’t eat ‘healthy’
  51. can’t enjoy foods in moderation
  52. think there’s an end to your ‘diet
  53. wait to lose weight, or fit into your jeans to be happy
  54. believe people will only like you when you’ve lost weight
  55. constantly worry about what you look like
  56. like to follow rules
  57. are hard on yourself and never give yourself credit
  58. are afraid to try new things

How diet mindset impacts your weight

If you can relate to any of the above, then you’ve probably struggled with your weight for many years, and most likely, have been on many diets that never helped you lose weight and keep it off.

Diet mindset causes a lot of turmoil and angst in your life. The constant worry, the need to feel in control, and the inability to be flexible leads to chronic stress, which is a known cause of weight gain, and an inability to lose weight.

The truth is, until you overcome the diet mindset, you’ll always struggle with your weight, and you’ll never achieve permanent results.

How to overcome a diet mindset

As you can see, there are many thoughts, beliefs and behaviours, or habits that are attached to a diet mindset, and chances are these have been with you for quite some time. If that’s the case, it will take time to overcome them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t.

Like any habit, you need to work on replacing it, rather than breaking it. How you go about this will depend on the actual habit that you engage in. You can read more about how to replace your habits here.

At Imani Tribe, we understand the diet mindset and how it works against you. That’s why we help our clients overcome these beliefs by giving them the strategies, tools and support they need, to break free and lose weight permanently.

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