While losing weight may not be easy, finding information on how to lose weight certainly is.

There’s absolutely no shortage of dietary advice out there, and a simple google search on “best diet for x” will bring up thousands of pages with every diet, strategy and meal plan you could ever possibly want (or need).

But what rarely gets talked about is the mental side of the weight loss equation.

And it’s too bad – because when it comes to long-term, sustainable fat loss, the mental game is where it’s it.

So if losing weight (and keeping it off) is a priority for you, the following are the top three mindsets you need to adopt.

Mindset #1 – Avoiding Perfectionism

This is BY FAR the biggest mistake that most dieters make – the belief that your diet needs to be absolutely, 100% perfect.

This is a fallacy for a few reasons.  The first is that it’s simply not true – many, MANY people have lost considerable amounts of weight with a less-than-perfect diet.  At the end of the day, as long as you understand the principle of calorie balance, you’ll be good.

But the other issue is that perfectionism can often end up derailing your whole diet.  It’s very common for new dieters to start off strong for the first few weeks…only to have a bad day that throws them completely off their weight loss plan.

The reality is that having a bad day is NORMAL.

So, here’s the smart move next time that happens- accept it, don’t beat yourself up over it, and move on the next day.

Mindset #2 – Patience

A lot of people have very warped expectations regarding losing weight – especially when it comes to HOW LONG it takes to lose the weight.

Here’s the reality – if you’re 20 of 30 kg overweight, you’re not going to lose it overnight.  Realistically, most people can expect to lose 1-1.5 kg per week.  Rapid, extreme weight loss is rarely sustainable (or healthy) in the long term.

If you want to be successful with this, you need to understand this going in.  Set a longterm goal, and learn to take pride in the small accomplishments you see on the scale each week.

Mindset #3 – Take It One Step At A Time

Chances are, if you’re like most people in the modern world, you’ve likely cultivated a LIFETIME of poor eating habits.

And while it would be nice to get rid of ALL OF THEM over the course of six week diet, for most people, this simply isn’t feasible.

Instead, try to focus on making small lifestyle changes.  Start with something like breakfast – if you’ve been eating donuts every morning for the last six years, try switching to yogurt and fruit.

Or swap soda for water.

Or, instead of snacking on crackers, start keeping protein bars in the house and eating those.

You get the point – small, incremental changes are what wins you the diet game.

You’ll thank us in a year.