- Maggie Sterling, from Utah, lost 60 pounds by changing the way she thinks about food
- She went viral after sharing one of the biggest mistakes people make in losing weight
- Sterling added that most dieters don’t even realize it’s a problem
A weight loss coach who weighed over 200 pounds revealed why you’ll never lose weight if you don’t address the issue.
Maggie Sterling, a mother from Utah, lost 60 pounds and transformed her body after she stopped dieting and began focusing on her mindset to help her heal her relationship with food.
The Vibe Club founder has more than 175,000 followers on TikTok, where she shares tips on how to lose weight without counting calories or killing yourself at the gym.
Sterling, who goes by the handle @maggiesterlingcoaching, went viral after detailing one of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight.
“You’ll never lose weight if you don’t address this problem,” she began. “It has nothing to do with nutrition or exercise, and most people don’t even know it’s a problem.”
Sterling explained that people often have an “all or nothing” attitude when it comes to their weight loss plans.
“You wake up in the morning; you feel good,” she said. “You eat breakfast according to plan, lunch according to plan, dinner according to plan, and then after dinner you go into the pantry.
“You eat three bags of almonds, you open a bag of Doritos, and then you realize you’re out of control.
Sterling shared that this is the time when most people start telling themselves that they “ruined the whole day” and “might as well start over tomorrow.”
“This is your default thinking, the first thoughts your mind presents as truth,” she said. “When you choose to believe thoughts like these, it hurts you and makes you feel disappointed, ashamed and remorseful.”
This type of thinking “makes your future choices about what you will eat and what you will do that day out of shame and regret,” Sterling explained.
“If you don’t know that default thinking is happening, you’ll keep making choices out of it. It’ll make you eat a lot more. It’s about separating what you did from what it means,” she concluded.
“Noticing and redirecting your default thinking is one of the best ways to start changing your mindset while losing weight,” she added in the caption.
Sterling’s video has been viewed more than 3.5 million times and received hundreds of comments since it was posted.
“It’s common among [perfectionists]. It has to be perfect or I wouldn’t try at all. During therapy I realized that perfectionism is bad for everyone, one person answered.
“That’s so true,” another agreed. “If I mess up on Monday, I can ruin the whole week.” I [doing] Much better now.
Another person added: “Binge eating combined with growing up with an intense dieting culture is hard to shake.”
Sterling used to struggle with emotional eating and binge eating before she changed the way she thought about food.
In a recent video, she shared an old photo of herself from 2016, before she began her weight loss journey.
The footage then cut to a recent shot of her showing off at the gym, saying this is how she looks after she “stopped overeating and started building muscle”.
‘Consistency pays off. “I never strength train more than 2-3 times a week and I never track calories,” she wrote in the caption.
“The secret was healing my food mindset, not obsessing over my weight, and reconnecting with my body. It wasn’t a quick process. But damn it was worth it.”
“The inner work was worth more to me than the outer results. But I love feeling strong!” she concluded.
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