So many of my clients make the same mistake. They keep dreaming about the scale hitting that goal number.
As a recovered emotional eater / stress eater I am passionate about supporting my clients in reaching their weight loss goals. That is why I have to share with you some important research. The findings from this research outlines a crucial way of thinking that can shift everything.
In a 2013 study in Applied Psychology, researchers measured the weight loss of 126 dieting women. The dieters who focused solely on the desired outcome of losing a specific amount of weight wound up losing less weight than the dieters who simply focused on what they could control: improving their daily eating habits.
In simple terms this research outlines that when you are trying to lose weight (or even just get healthier) being process-oriented (focusing on cultivating daily healthy habits) is a more effective and powerful strategy than being outcome-oriented (focusing on a number on a scale).
Why does being Process-Oriented = Achieving Better Progress?
Here are five reasons why being process-orientated is the key to achieving your goal.
- If you focus on the outcome of weight loss, and that outcome does not happen quickly enough, you are more likely to give up.
- In contrast, when you focus on the process of eating healthier on a daily basis, then you can feel proud and confident on a daily basis, and this gives you momentum.
- If you are process-oriented your focus is in the present moment and there’s a lot of power in living in the NOW. You are better able to overcome the fear of failure and the stress of impatience.
- Being over-attached to outcomes can make getting started difficult – the journey ahead can feel long and overwhelming.
- In contrast, if you just simply focus on taking the journey one step at a time – you can skip the overwhelm and make significant progress.
The lesson to be learnt from all this, is that if you want to lose weight …
- Pay attention to HOW you will get to your goal, rather than WHEN you will get there.
- Stay connected to the steps you need to take to achieve your goal, rather than viewing the journey as something you need to rush through.
- Remember “where your attention goes, energy flows”. So stay focused on each action you need to take to lose weight – and relax into it.