First off, thanks for checking out Mind Over Diets. This website has come about through struggles of my own, but also encompases the struggles of many other people, and quite possibly even yours. My intention is to create a source of information, mainly related to weight loss (my area of expertise), where you can find easily-digestible (pun intended) information to help you and many others with their weight loss aims. Weight loss is bloody tough. Let me try and guide you, so you don’t have to keep making the endlessly frustrating mistakes you’re making right now.
I was an overweight child, and I have no doubt that this is what’s led me to to where I am today. It’s often said that your childhood experiences can shape who you are and what you do as an adult, and I firmly believe that to be the case with me. My dietary choices were very poor as a child, I essentially had free reign to eat what I want.
In short, I became quite overweight, and eventually managed to do something about it. I spent a ridiculous amount of time trawling through online forums, trying to find information on how to lose weight. And as I’m sure you’re fully aware, every website or forum you go to, someone else is saying something different.
I eventually started going to the gym, drastically changed my diet and over many, many years, the weight came off. It’s not that I was so overweight that it took years, it’s because I kept making mistake after mistake. I would try things that were just ridiculously unsustainable because that’s what I thought you had to do.
Following my weight loss, I had a new-found interest in nutrition, weight loss and exercise. This led me to going to university, studying to be a dietitian and now I work with patients to help them with their weight loss struggles. I feel as though I’m really well-placed to do so, given my own extensive personal experiences, and more importantly, my mistakes.
Why “Mind Over Diets”?
You may think you have all the knowledge you need to to lose weight, but still struggle to actually do what you need to do. One of the most important things I have come to learn about weight loss is that, whatever you’re doing, it is so ridiculously important that it is both realistic for you, and sustainable. The words realistic and sustainable should be tattoed on my forehead because I talk about them so much.
Too many times have I spoken with people who say “I know what I need to do, I just can’t stick to it!” And this is usually a crystal clear sign that whatever dietary or lifestyle changes they’re trying to make, are simply unrealistic or unsustainable for them.
Because of this, I’m a huge believer in that our mindset, and how we mentally approach dietary and lifestyles changes, is absolutely fundamental to us achieving long-term success. Anyone can achieve short-term weight loss success with an overly-restrictive diet, but they sure as hell put that weight back on quickly, and usually end up heavier than they were before.
So the name Mind Over Diets comes from me believing very strongly that getting our mindset right before we even think about dietary changes, is absolutely key. Without a good, positive mindset, you are more than likely setting yourself up to repeat the same cycle of:
Jump on the next “in” diet –> Lose a bit of weight –> Realise you can’t do this anymore –> Gain weight back –> Repeat.
The Aim at Mind Over Diets
My aim is simple. I want to help people just like you, who, quite frankly, are just fed up with trying diet after diet and achieving nothing but more confusion, which gives you further confirmation that diets just don’t work for you.
I aim to put out helpful, easy-to-understand content that can help guide you with your weight loss aims. That’s pretty much it really.
Take it easy, and if you have any questions, please feel free to chuck them in the comment box below,
Mind Over Diets