Use your mind to cut the mental fat and succeed in weight loss
When it comes to weight loss, can the mind really triumph over matter? Yes it can, and in fact, your mind and your thoughts are the most powerful weapons in your fat-fighting arsenal! Why? Well, when it comes to losing weight, attitude is just as important as diet and exercise.
So, in order to lose weight and get fit, you’ll need to adopt the right mindset. When you’re in control of your thoughts, you’ll be able to reach for that piece of fruit, instead of that cookie and peel yourself off the couch and get down to the gym. Therefore, tapping into the power of your mind to lose weight can make all the difference.
If you suspect that your mindset is keeping you fat, here are a few tips and strategies on how to cultivate a new attitude that can help you think yourself thin:
Every battle that has ever been won in history was built upon a solid action plan. Similarly, your battle against the bulge must also be equipped with a good deal of planning. Here’s an example, each night before you go to bed, plan what you’ll eat and how much you’ll exercise the next day. You can even prepare healthy snacks ahead of time, so that you can munch on something healthy whenever hunger strikes. Making a plan like this helps to lay the groundwork for a healthier lifestyle and a fitter you.
Use your imagination
The journey to a slimmer, trimmer you begins in the mind, because to be thin, first you must be able to imagine yourself thin. Try this exercise – picture how good you’ll look and feel once you’ve shed the extra pounds. If you’re having a hard time doing this, try digging up old photographs of yourself in your slimmer days. Then, use those photos as a reminder of something to work towards. This mental practice helps you to picture a healthier you and break old habits.
Patience is key
If you’re trying to lose weight, chances are you’ll want to do it as quickly as possible. Often, this desire to get immediate results is exacerbated by today’s culture of instant gratification. To lose weight in a healthy way, however, it is best to lose it slowly rather than suddenly. If you shed the pounds too rapidly, you are usually losing water or lean tissue rather than fat. This, in turn, lowers your metabolism and makes it more difficult for you to lose weight in the long run. Therefore, practice some patience in mind, body and soul for the best, long-lasting results.
Keep them small
When you’re trying to lose weight, portions aren’t the only thing that you should keep small. Your goals need to be manageable too. Mini goals like eating more fruit and vegetables, exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, and ditching sugary foods can have significant impact on your health, without turning your life upside down. So set yourself a couple of mini goals to accomplish, then keep at them and work on more mini goals.
Keep it real
Okay, you want to lose weight, but how much and by when? For example, it’s virtually impossible and unhealthy, to try and lose 10 kg in a month. Therefore, you must set realistic goals for your weight loss. Seeking to lose half to 1 kg a month is more realistic. In fact, not only is it doable, you won’t have to sacrifice your health, sanity or relationships in the process of whittling down your waistline.
Kick old habits
To truly achieve your weight loss goals, you have to be willing to identify and kick your negative old habits, as well as adopt positive new ones. From indulging on junk food to skimping on exercise, there are various bad habits that may be lurking in every corner of your lifestyle. However, you can turn things around. For example, if you like to binge on crisps and sweet snacks, make a point not to buy them and keep them around. Instead, stock up on healthy snacks. Also, if you’re a bit of a couch potato, start exercising while watching the television.
Pat yourself on the back
Say you’ve worked hard to shed 5 pounds or lose a few inches off your waist. What next? Reward yourself! Not with a fattening treat though, but with a calorie-free option. For example, you can take a trip to the movies, go to a spa or buy yourself something nice. By recognising all the hard work you’ve put in to achieve this point, you’re celebrating the steps you’ve taken and are continuing to take more towards a healthier, thinner you.
The effort of trying to lose weight isn’t always a walk in the park and you will encounter a few bumps along the road. To keep yourself from falling off the bandwagon, don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with others regularly. You can get the support and added motivation you need from family members, close friends or a support group (real or virtual). By getting support, you’ll find it easier to face the challenges as they come.
While weight loss may start in the brain and you can certainly tap into the power of your mind to trim down, there’s no getting around the need to exercise and eat healthy. You will also need to honestly assess the lifestyle patterns and habits that have been holding you back from weight loss success.
Often, underlying pressure that could be caused by family issues, relationship problems or work-related stress results in overeating and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Whatever the root cause, you will need to work on changing the way you deal with things both in your mind and in real life, if you want to lose that extra weight.
The virtual gastric band
If you can think yourself thin, can hypnosis be used to programme the mind to eat less? Well, according to practitioners of Hypnoband, it certainly can! Here are some facts about this “mind-based” weight loss method:
• Hypnoband combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy techniques.
• Only a Licensed Hypnoband Practitioner can coach you on how to change your thoughts, your feelings and your behaviour.
• The hypnotherapist will help take you through the process of mentally fitting a “virtual gastric band” to your stomach so you will eat less and less often.
• By using suggestion, CBT and visualisation, your mind will be convinced that your stomach has become smaller and that you need less food.
• Beyond the virtual gastric band, the treatment is also meant to help you to explore, analyse and change your eating habits.
• Hypnoband does not involve surgery and is a non-invasive behaviour-changing method.
• The treatments do not result in physical trauma, and therefore will not hurt and have no known side effects.
• To identify if you are suitable for this treatment, you will be assessed for any underlying physiological reasons for your weight problems.
• For the therapy to work effectively, you must be prepared to change your eating habits and lifestyle.
• Like any medical or therapy procedure, there can be no definite guarantees. For the system to work best, you must be 100% committed.