Talk to any dietitian about weight loss and she will recommend exercising and eating less. Although very true, what most people do not understand about weight loss is that it starts in the mind.
By tweaking the way you think, you can change the way your body addresses weight loss. Here are some ways you can train the mind to lose weight:
You already have a plan in place – the problem is in executing it. You have avoided those delicious dishes for a long time and try to reward yourself with a treat. This is where negativity might creep in. From guilt to intense cravings, a burst of emotions sweeps in and hampers your whole plan.
This is why having the right mindset is so important. You need to understand that failures will come along the way and that you need to stay committed to your ultimate goal.
You might have quite a few reasons for losing weight. You might want to look good to increase your self-confidence or you might be looking to avoid diseases caused by obesity.
Make sure that you have listed all your motivating factors so that you know why you are doing what you are doing. This will help you stay on the right track.
Also, some motivating factors can be counterproductive; for instance, trying to lose weight out of pressure from your spouse. You need to find your own reasons.
This might sound de-motivating but visualizing yourself failing can be very constructive. A study in the Cognitive Therapy and Research journal demonstrates this paradoxical affect.
It was found that women who had negative fantasies about weight loss, such as ones when their health has deteriorated or when they have gained weight, lost more weight than women who had positive fantasies.
This might be due to the fact that we humans are naturally quite risk averse. The thought of negative results might have motivated these women to actually work harder.
It might be a great idea to have vivid memories of the foods you are eating. The memory of the delicious pizza you ate last night could help you eat less at breakfast.
Writing about these foods or even drawing them can prove to be really helpful.
Rena Greenberg is an internationally recognized hypnotherapist with experience in gastric bypass hypnosis – a weight loss surgery alternative. She helps people uncover the power of their minds to bring about incredible changes in their lives. Learn more about her treatment programs.
Rena Greenberg has had the privilege over the last 25+ years to work with over 100,000 people in 75 medical centers to help them lose weight without surgery.