So you want to lose weight? The issue is not can you, for you can. The issue is how, and how effectively and easily.
I agree there are probably countless quick fix programmes around that may work for a few, but how many can you trust? Bear in mind that amongst these quick fixes there are genuine weight loss programmes that with the right attitude will keep you fit, trim and healthy.
My aim is a series of articles explaining reasons for weight gain and ways to lose it, and keep it lost, naturally.
You may try, lose some, then, it comes back with a rage. There are reasons why weight loss programs fail.
Knowing a bit about the nature of our body and our mind can help understand these reasons.
Since the dawn of civilisation, even probably before, the powerful, the successful, the leaders, knew how to use their mind for advantage, even though they may not have understood why. They used it and it worked. Now we understand more about the subconscious, the part of our mind that kind of works in the background. It controls our bodily functions without us consciously realising. In a sense it's the habit part of us.
The often given example is driving. When you first learned to drive you had to think about everything to keep the vehicle going in the way you wanted to, safely. Mirror, indicator, manoeuvre, were consciously thought, as well as observation for other traffic and guidance along the road. Eventually these become a habit, repeated so many times that your conscious mind no longer has to think about them. Your sub conscious runs you on auto pilot to carry out the manoeuvres. You must have, at times, driven a distance without realising the ground covered.
What does this have to do with weight loss? How can you think yourself thin? Make it a habit. Use the subconscious. Use auto suggestion to help your sub conscious mind reprogram yourself into the habit of eating healthier foods, and even enjoying exercise. Program yourself for success with weight loss, not failure. Program yourself to stop the negative thinking that will enter your subconscious which in turn will discourage you from your weight loss aim.
The following technique I have learned about uses autosuggestion to change those negative feelings of always being overweight to feelings of encouragement to keep to your goal. It may seem crazy, but it is based on valid science. You may not believe, but try it. Remember it's a way of changing your habit.
Step One. Think about what makes you feel you'll always be overweight. An image will come into your mind. Maybe you see yourself eating that unneeded snack or sitting cosily instead of going for that walk.
Step Two. Pay attention to this image. This is your subconscious telling you what thought holds you back in your quest for weight loss. This is the image that you habitually put into your sub conscious. You have programmed yourself to think this way and that's why it is so easy to give up on diets when things get a little tough.
Step Three. Fade the image away by draining out all of the colour and let it move into the distance and disappear. At first the image will probably reappear. Just repeat the process. Fade it, drain it, distance it.
Step Four. Create a new image of what you really want to be like. Fit, healthy and slim. Get emotionally involved with the image. Think of how great it would feel to have lost all the weight you want to. Make it full colour and bring it closer to you.
Step Five. When you get this great feeling, that rush of excitement, hold your thumb and middle fingers together. This creates a mind anchor in your subconscious.
The anchor will eventually be established such that whenever a negative weight loss thought enters your mind pressing thumb and middle fingers together will stimulate the exciting feeling of being your perfect weight. Try it. You have nothing to lose but a bit of time. You will think yourself thin.
By Dung Nguyen Ngoc
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