One of the things that make losing weight such a challenge for many of us is that it requires changing our eating and exercise habits. These are habits that have been with us our whole lives.
To start challenging these long-standing behaviours, it’s no surprise that we feel we must be perfectly motivated, focused and positive. The good news, according to new research? We don’t!
New research from the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has found that your mindset when starting a weight loss journey doesn’t define your ability to succeed.
The analysis looked at the responses of nearly 11,000 Australians to a mindset survey done before completing the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet 12-week weight loss program.
It found that being in the right mindset when starting a diet was not in fact the strongest contributor to losing a clinically significant amount of weight.
Rather, engaging with the right digital support tools – think food and exercise tracking, and virtual support groups – had the greatest influence when hitting weight loss goals.
Perhaps the most interesting finding was that those with the lowest levels of motivation before starting the 12-week program not only lost an above-average amount of weight, but they also lost the most weight!
CSIRO Total Wellbeing Dietitian, Pennie McCoy said: “Many people feel they have to be in the ‘right’ headspace to start eating well and exercising more. Waiting for this day to come can really hinder even starting the process.”
“These findings are game-changing as they show that understanding your mindset when you begin is an important factor,” she continued.
Losing weight requires behaviour change, so set yourself up for success by leaning on tools and support networks, says Pennie:
Find out more or complete the Diet Mindset survey by heading to www.totalwellbeingdiet.com.