Developing a positive mindset for your weight loss journey is a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. It greatly improves the chances of embracing the positive habits you plan to acquire and that the weight you lose stays off for good. But how do you do this? In this post, I’m going to break down 5 of the most effective strategies for developing a positive weight loss mindset. Leave me a comment after you’ve devoured them and let me know what you think, ok?

1 – Believe In Yourself

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you cannot — you’re right.” I heard this about 10 years ago and it floored me. You are so much more powerful than you give yourself  credit for! Your mind controls your reality to such a degree that many people simply do not realize how much control they have over it. It’s true! If you doubt yourself, it depletes your energy and the lack of belief in yourself usually ends in a self sabotage of some kind. Don’t do that. I know you’ve probably tried so many things already but you have to trust yourself and know that the right strategy will work for you when you fully commit to it. I think that time is now.

If you lack confidence right now – specifically in your ability to lose weight, I want you to look back at all the small successes you’ve had up until now. That is solid proof that you can lose weight and by focusing on these small victories in your past, you can strengthen your belief in yourself and your ability to lose weight again. Once you have developed this confidence, you’ll find that maintaining a positive weight loss mindset is much easier.

2 – Be Specific

how to develop a positive weight loss mindsetSpecific weight loss goals give you a positive focus and something to look forward to and work toward. Without the specific goals, it’s nearly impossible to maintain a positive mindset as you move forward on your weight loss journey.

To create specific weight loss goals, first decide exactly how you want to measure your weight loss. The old fashioned (and often terrifying and disappointing) way of using the scale? That’s cool. But no daily weight ins (only every couple weeks) and you need to choose another method to compliment it.

Other ways of measuring your weight loss journey are before and after pics, how your clothes fit, how you feel health wise in general. Then decide what time frame you want to lose this weight within. So instead of simply deciding you want to lose weight, decide exactly how much weight you want to lose in the next month, 90 days, and year, then write it down.

When creating specific weight loss goals, it’s also important that you don’t make them unattainable. Doing this will only lead to self-doubt which then creates a negative mindset. If you set a reasonable target such as losing 1-2 pounds each week via a clean portion controlled diet and regular exercise, you are much more likely to attain your goals. This success then helps to foster a positive mindset which will lead to increased motivation to keep going and even more weight loss successes in the future.

3 – Create A Weight Loss Mantra

The way you talk to yourself governs your everyday life. If you are constantly speaking to yourself in a negative way – berating yourself and putting yourself down for mistakes you have made or goals you have not reached – you’re sure to develop a negative mindset and find it very difficult to see any positives, even when do you enjoy success. If you practice encouraging yourself, you’ll find that it becomes very easy to stay positive on your weight loss journey.

To ensure that your self-talk remains positive, find a famous weight loss quote that inspires you as soon as you hear it. Then repeat it to yourself regularly throughout the day until it becomes the thought that drives you.

4 – Find Your Weight Loss Inspiration

bikiniseasonEveryone has at least one reason why they want to lose weight. This reason is your primary motivating factor – your “why” – and this can help drive you toward your weight loss goals. To find your weight loss inspiration, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why do I want to lose weight?
  • What are the benefits to me of being healthy and looking slimmer?

Once you have the answers to these questions, use them as your core weight loss inspiration. You can also focus on them every time negativity makes its way into your mind and it will quickly melt away.

5 – Visualize Your Perfect Body

Visualization is a powerful technique that can help you achieve a range of goals. By taking 5 minutes each day to imagine how you will look and feel when you reach your ideal weight, you’ll instantly feel more positive and uplifted. Over time, this daily practice will help you feel much happier and more positive as you lose weight.


Maintaining a positive attitude as you try to lose weight can be very difficult without the right approach. However, by following these 5 strategies, you’ll find that staying positive on your weight loss journey becomes a very easy and enjoyable task. So make sure you implement all 5 of these tips daily to cultivate a strong positive weight loss mindset.