You’ve probably heard the term “think yourself thin,” and, immediately dismissed it as another ridiculous premise for weight loss.
But more and more studies, as well as the people who’ve successfully done it, say that it is possible – when used in conjunction with exercising and a healthy meal plan, of course.
Weight loss is actually a three-part process, including regular workouts and watching what we eat, along with our mental outlook.
Part of the reason for this is that self-defeating thoughts play a huge role in getting a dieter off track.
Without the resolve to overcome those thoughts like, “I can never do this, so what’s the point?” Or, “I have bad genes, so it doesn’t matter what I do, I’ll fail,” it’s going to be difficult or even impossible to stick with any major lifestyle change.
By practicing visualization strategies and following a few tips, you can change your outlook and accomplish your goals – virtually, “thinking yourself thin!”
First, visualize the “new you.”
Mentally picture yourself slimmer and healthier. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and clear your mind. Take a deep breath and imagine just how you’d feel, down to the details of how you might dress.
For example, you’ll walk with your head held high, have more confidence and energy – concentrate on this vision of your new self and how wonderful it feels!
Research has found that just by envisioning the image of the slimmer, healthier you, it can keep you motivated to continue healthy eating and regular exercise.
The key is to do it every day – it only takes a few minutes.
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Throughout the day, pay attention to your inner dialog too. Does it sound something like, “I’m always so tired. I don’t feel like exercising,” or, does it say, “I feel strong, I have a ton of energy. I think I’ll go for a hike!”
Once you tune into your thinking patterns, you’ll be more able to catch negative thinking and become aware of how it affects your energy.
If you find yourself struggling, remember, you’re only human.
None of us are perfect, and not every day will be a good one. If they were all good, we wouldn’t appreciate them, right?
If you make an unhealthy diet choice, admit that you’re human, but stop yourself from filling your mind with a cloud of judgmental thoughts.
We all need support, especially during hard times. Find a friend, family member or support group you can connect with on a regular basis.
Studies have found that those who are connected with others, whether it's in person or online, do better than dieters who try to do it all on their own.
How you see yourself is one of the greatest predictors of your ability to successfully lose weight.
If you’re trying to lose those pounds and hold onto the image of yourself as you are now, you’re more likely to make choices based on the heavier image of yourself.
As you imagine reaching your goals, you can make the best choices based on your new, healthier image.
Yours in Health,