- Maggie Sterling, from Utah, lost 60 pounds by changing her mindset about food
- She went viral after sharing one of the biggest weight loss mistakes people make
- Sterling added that most dieters don’t even realize it’s a problem
A weight loss coach who used to weigh over 200 pounds has revealed why you will never lose weight if you don’t address this one problem.
Maggie Sterling, a mother from Utah, lost 60 pounds and transformed her body after she stopped dieting and started 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 calorie counting or killing yourself at the gym.
Sterling, who uses the handle @maggiesterlingcoaching, went viral after detailing one of the biggest mistakes people make when they are trying to lose weight.
‘You will never lose weight if you don’t address this one problem,’ she began. ‘It has nothing to do with nutrition or exercise, and most people don’t even know that 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’re feeling good,’ she said. ‘You eat breakfast on plan, lunch on plan, dinner on plan, and then after dinner you walk into the pantry.
‘You eat three bags of almonds, open up a bag of Doritos, and then you realize that you just spiraled out of control.
Sterling shared that this is when most people start telling themselves that they ‘messed up the whole day’ and they ‘may as well start over tomorrow.’
‘This is your default thinking, the first thoughts that your brain presents as the truth,’ she said. ‘When you choose to believe thoughts like that, it hurts you and has you feeling disappointed and ashamed and full of regret.’
Sterling explained that this type of thinking ’causes you to make your future choices about what you’re going to eat and what you’re going to do for that day from shame and regret.’
‘If you don’t know that default thinking is happening, you’re going to keep making choices from it. It’s going to cause you to eat way more. It’s about separating what I did versus what it means,’ she concluded.
‘Noticing and redirecting your default thinking is one of the best ways to start changing your mindset with weight loss,’ she added in the caption.
Sterling’s video has been viewed more than 3.5 million times and has received hundreds of comments since it was posted.
‘It is common among [perfectionists]. It has to be perfect or I am not trying at all. During therapy I understood that perfectionism is bad for everyone,’ one person responded.
‘This is so true,’ another agreed. ‘If I messed up Monday the whole week was messed up. I’m [doing] much better now.’
‘Binge eating combined with growing up with intense diet culture, hard to unlearn,’ someone else added.
Sterling used to struggle with emotional eating and binge eating before she changed her mindset about food.
In a recent video, she shared a throwback photo of herself from 2016, before she started her weight loss journey.
The footage then cut to a recent snapshot of her flexing at the gym, saying this is how she looks after she ‘stopped overeating and started muscle building.’
‘The consistency pays off. I never strength trained more than 2-3x a week and I never tracked a calorie,’ she wrote in the caption.
‘The secret was healing my diet mentality, not obsessing over my weight, and reconnecting to my body. This was not a fast process. But damn it was worth it.
‘The inner work was worth way more to me than the outer results. But I love feeling strong!’ she concluded.