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 programmes fail.
Knowing a bit about the nature of our body and mind can help understand these reasons.
Often people want to lose weight to just feel good, without too much thought to health. They look to improve their self esteem. It is important to realise that your self esteem comes from what you think about yourself, not what others think. The process can be reversed. Starting to feel good about yourself even though you have not lost weight can help you lose weight.
I am going to show a simple weight loss support technique that I have learned about that can make you feel much more attractive and confident. It is known as the mirror technique and has been used successfully by many to improve themselves in all aspects of life involving success. It does not take away the fact that being overweight is maybe unsightly and unhealthy but it can help you to feel more comfortable with your body. This technique is going to reprogram your mind to associate your reflection with good and positive feelings. Very soon you will be able to see your reflection and feel great rather than feeling bad about how you look.
Stand in front of the mirror. It doesn't need to be full length, just enough to see waist up. Stand erect, heels together, stomach in, chest out and head held high. Stand to attention. Breathe deeply three or four times and feel a sense of strength, power and determination.
With this feeling think back to a time, any situation, when you felt really good about yourself. It doesn't have to be about being slim. It might have been some good achievement, a job you did well, a compliment received. Anything that gave you a deep satisfied feeling.
Close your eyes and think of that moment. Remember how proud you felt. Remember that confidence. Feel it and move it eyes. Feel the glow behind your closed eyes and smile to yourself remembering that moment.
When you start to feel as strongly as possible open your eyes and look into the very depth of your eyes in the mirror. See yourself as other people would have seen you when you had done that great achievement. See yourself with respect and admiration. Keep smiling at yourself and notice the confidence in your eyes.
Squeeze together your thumb and forefinger. This will create an emotional connection between the way you feel at that moment and your reflection, that deep reflection in your eyes.
Practice twice a day, it takes a matter of minutes. Over a period of time you will start to notice a dramatic change in yourself, gaining a sense of confidence you never thought you could have. Your self esteem will grow and very quickly you'll not worry about your weight as much as you have done before.
It is very important you understand that this technique is not to replace your diet program. It is a way for you to start to feel better about yourself. If you feel better about yourself you will have a greater chance for that weight loss for you will be encouraged to continue your weight loss and make your feelings a reality.