5 Crucial Dietary and Lifestyle Mindset Changes That’ll Help You (Finally) See Results

What separates those who get results from those who don't? One word: mindset. Discover the 5 mindset changes you need to join the "do-ers" here.

My head says gym, but my heart says burgers. A white glowing sign on a brick wall

For close to three years, we’ve gone on and on and on about how you should best train (e.g., number of exercises, number of sets, and exercise technique) and eat (e.g., how many calories, meal timing, and the “right” macronutrient ratio).

But. As we all know, knowledge doesn’t always translate into action. For example, many people who wish to …

👉 Lose weight know they should eat less and move more, but they don’t

👉 Bulk up know they should focus on protein intake and work hard in the gym, but they don’t

👉 Lower their injury risk know they should prioritize mobility work, but they don’t

Why? Or, in other words, what separates those who do and those who don’t?

Barring socioeconomic status factors (which undeniably play a role — and we’re not downplaying its importance), it’s this: mindset.

What kind of mindset, though? You'll find out in just a bit. Because below, we cover the 5 crucial mindset changes anyone needs to make to join the "do-ers".

#1: Stop expecting “overnight” results

Be honest. How quickly did you expect to see results from dieting or working out? A few days or weeks?

And what happened when you realized you were still lightyears from achieving your dream physique after a month? That nothing much has changed, despite all your hard work?

Chances are, you got frustrated. And quit.

Here comes the first of your necessary mindset changes: stop expecting "overnight" (i.e., speedy) results. Your body didn't get to look the way it currently does over a few days or weeks.

Understand that losing fat and building muscle will take time — we’re talking months of consistency, day in and day out — so be patient.

#2: It’s less about what you’re eating (and more about how much you’re eating)

"I'm eating clean every single meal. So why am I not losing weight?!"

Answer: because "clean foods" still contain calories. They do not somehow, magically defy the laws of thermodynamics. You will not lose weight if you consume "clean foods" in amounts that equal or exceed your daily energy expenditure. It’s as simple as that.

Also, a piece of advice: stop thinking of foods as “clean” and “unclean”.

This honestly isn’t helpful at all — and potentially paves the way toward an unhealthy, disordered relationship with food.

Instead, know that:

1️⃣ Foods are not “clean” or “unclean”; “good” or “bad”.

2️⃣ While certain foods will be more calorie-dense than others, that doesn't mean you should eliminate them. When consuming them, consider the following:

✨ How it fits into your calorie “budget”
✨ Whether it contains health-beneficial micronutrients
✨ If it should be something enjoyed in moderation

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#3: You don’t have to be perfect to see results

Is there a point in you:

Yes. Yes. And yes. Don’t let your pursuit of “perfect” prevent you from taking any action at all — every tiny thing you do adds up.

Remember this: doing 70% right 100% of the time is better than trying to do 100% right but only achieving it 70% of the time (and then rage-quitting because you "just can't get it right").

#4: Fitness is not a destination; it’s a way of life

There is no “end state” for your fitness journey.

Meaning? If you've successfully achieved your dream physique, you must keep doing whatever it is you're doing to keep it. For life. This, in turn, highlights why it's important to pick sustainable habits.

Regardless of which strategy you pick to reach your fitness goals, always ask yourself: can I do this for life?

#5: Stop focusing on what you can’t control — and control what you can

Just as in life, certain things are out of your control in your fitness journey. And your genetics is a huge part of it.

Yes, it’s true that:

But does it matter? You may think it does, but, in truth, one of the most crucial mindset changes you need to make is to realize it doesn’t.

Because 1) you cannot do anything about your genetics, and 2) there’s plenty of evidence suggesting that your lifestyle can modulate (or even change) the effects of your genes.

Takeaway? Control what you can.

If you’re trying to lose weight:

  • Be mindful of your calorie intake.
  • Prioritize minimally processed, nutrient-dense foods.
  • Increase your physical activity levels however you can (e.g., find ways to boost your NEAT levels).

If you’re trying to build muscle:

  • Focus on your protein intake.
  • Hit the optimal training volume for every muscle group.
  • Include a variety of exercises.
  • Go close to failure.
  • Optimize your recovery.

… the same basic principles apply to all, regardless of genetics. Sure, you may have to work “harder” than someone who drew the longer end of the genetics stick — but, once again, it doesn’t justify a lack of effort on your part.

These mindset changes will transform your fitness journey

So, there you go.

Those are the five mindset changes that'll genuinely make a difference in your fitness journey. (Only if you remind yourself of them daily, of course.)

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