By Josee Smith  | Submitted On May 30, 2017

Weight loss is unlike any other endeavor. The things that people have to go through to lose weight are more drastic than what they would have to go through to change other features of their physical appearance. Many of the other dietary conditions are easy to fix and simply require one or two changes, like a low sodium diet, or cutting out gassy foods.

Changing your diet to lose weight takes a significant mental element also. Tons of plans, groups, shakes, supplements, and ideas surround weight loss. It can be overwhelming. When treating a dietary condition like GERD cutting out acidic foods and taking an antacid will produce immediate results. When you reduce your caloric intake, you don't get those same immediate results.

People gained weight over a long period of time. If their weight is extremely high, it has taken them decades to get to their weight. For some reason, people get a mindset that their weight loss will be instant. Web M.D. tells that healthy weight loss is about 1-2lbs a week and not the 20-30lbs. That many people have come to expect.

Realizing that you will lose 1-2 lbs. a week from the beginning will stop you from getting frustrated and giving up. Setting the right expectation when you go into your new diet and exercise program will help ensure that you retain your motivation as time goes on.

With fast food drive through meals and families sitting around the TV for supper, thinking about eating isn't something that we do. Pausing before you decide to eat and thinking about the nutritional value or the impact on your diet and weight loss will give you the time to make an actual decision about your food choices.

Many times people do not think about their food. They automatically eat. At work, they pass the office candy dish, and they grab a handful without even realizing that they did it. Use the take 5 concept and make yourself think about your food for five minutes before you pop it in your mouth. You may decide that the morning doughnut or the evening take away is not worth it. These small decisions will lead to big differences in weight loss.

Often when people make mistakes on a diet, they derail their entire diet. The whole diet seems to get flushed down the toilet. You have a doughnut at the morning office meeting because you skipped breakfast. Then you have two choices.

Give up because you have "no self-control" and eat junk for the rest of the day. Repeat this mistake of not eating breakfast again and the cycle continues.

Set your mind to learn from your mistake of not eating breakfast. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning so that you can avoid the junk food at the morning office meeting.

Your mindset about your mistakes will determine how you handle setbacks, whether it is slipping on your diet or a setback on the scale. Maintaining a positive attitude will help you avoid the common motivational pitfalls that everyone suffers when on a long journey of weight loss. The Huffington Post urges its readers not to beat themselves up but to gain self-knowledge so that they can grow and learn.

No matter what big changes you are wanting to make, letting your attitude get in the way of your success will only slow you down. Make sure that you show yourself patience because weight loss takes time. Thinking about food choices before you make them is the right mindset to have to succeed at your goals. Finally, learn from your mistakes don't let them derail your progress. If you can keep your mindset focused on these three things, you are bound for success.