The Importance of Mindset in Weight Loss

Let me start this blog off by saying that I'm not a psychologist. The information in this article isn't backed up by anyone but myself. I'm speaking from experience as someone who lost 140 pounds and transformed their mindset in the process.


Weight loss at a surface level is about calories in versus calories out. Obviously, some food is better than others, but weight loss is determined by your caloric intake.


If you take in less than you burn you will lose weight! Easier said than done though right?


Not a lot of people are able to lose weight and keep it off. I'm not trying to discourage you in any way, but that's the facts. A large chunk of Americans are overweight so why is this an issue if the weight loss equation is so simple.


If you just eat less, you'll lose weight! That is correct, but without a strong mindset, weight loss is nearly impossible. That's why the mind is the most critical factor in someone's ability to transition to a healthy lifestyle.


A lot of people ask me how to lose weight. I start off by telling them what I did to succeed, but I always end by saying if you want to lose the desired weight, you will. It's that simple. If you're committed to changing your life you will and this doesn't just apply to weight loss. I was determined to change my body and I had to overpower the part of my brain that wanted to cave to temptation. If someone is unable to lose weight, they should check to see if their mind is actually committed to getting the job done.


I used to eat upwards of 6,000 calories a day. This was whether I was training, playing football, or just living a sedentary lifestyle. My family wanted me to start cutting down before I did, but it took a switch in my brain for me to make the change which I remember vividly. I had tried to lose weight unsuccessfully in the past. I actually gained weight and I thought I was doing everything right. My brain wasn't on the path that I thought it was and this resulted in me getting upset and eating more. If you're trying to lose weight and you're not, you're doing something wrong.


If you're trying your best over a long period of time and no changes are taking place on the scale, you may have a mindset issue. Take care of your brain and truly evaluate yourself. Take responsibility for past failure, commit to change, and good things will happen!


What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear! Send me an email, reach out on social media, or comment below.


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Tanner Kern is a 22 year content creator and endurance athlete from Connecticut. He is the host of The Tanner Kern Podcast and creator of "It's a Process: My Tips for Becoming the Best Version of Yourself."

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