The Shift: 7 Powerful Mindset Changes for Lasting Weight Loss

The Shift: 7 Powerful Mindset Changes for Lasting Weight Loss

by Gary Foster PhD


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The Shift is not about what to eat or not eat. It’s not about when to eat. It’s about building thinking habits, proven through science, that help you lose weight.

There are so many myths surrounding weight loss: Setbacks mean failure. Big results require big goals. You need to power through alone. You have to hate your body to lose weight. Happiness awaits you only at the end of the journey.

All of these are untrue, unhelpful—and actually undermine long-term weight loss.

Dr. Gary Foster’s 7 Mindset Shifts show you how to—and why you should—treat yourself in a way that feels better and primes you for likelier success. His argument and the techniques in each chapter, built on years of research and breakthroughs in cognitive behavioral therapy and positive psychology, can lead to results on the scale—but, more important, in your own thinking. The Shift flips old-fashioned weight-loss theory on its head, training you to recognize when your thinking is taking you away from your goals, to focus on action rather than outcome, and to value non-scale victories more than the number on the digital display. It’s evidence-based motivation—and it really works!

The 7 Mindset Shifts include treating yourself with compassion, leaning into your strengths, appreciating the power of small steps (and more frequent rewards), finding your people, and truly relaxing into happiness and gratitude.

“Diet thinking” isn’t habit-forming; mindset shifts are. And muscular yet kind mental habits, like the ones found in The Shift, are key to long-term, positive change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250277756
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/05/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 5,792
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gary Foster, Ph.D., is the Chief Scientific Officer at WW (formerly Weight Watchers International). He is the founder and former director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University, and he served as clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the author of numerous scientific publications on the psychology, causes, and treatment of obesity and has worked with thousands of people in group and individual settings. He lives in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: I’ll Lose Weight By Changing the Way I Think
Mindset Shift 1: I Must Be Kind to Myself to Lose Weight:
Embracing Self-Compassion

Mindset Shift 2: I See Setbacks As Opportunities to Re-Focus:
Building Helpful Thinking Styles

Mindset Shift 3: I Should Take Small Steps for Big Results:
Setting Goals and Forming Habits

Mindset Shift 4: I Need to Enhance My Best Traits:
Leaning Into Your Strengths

Mindset Shift 5: I Have to Appreciate My Body to Lose Weight:
Valuing Your Body

Mindset Shift 6: I Should Get the Support I Deserve:
Finding Your People

Mindset Shift 7: I Can Feel Good Now:
Experiencing Happiness and Gratitude

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