There may be one reason why you may be struggling to lose weight. And the answer lies in that very sentence.
It is saying to yourself those two little words ‘Lose Weight.’ Losing anything is not seen as a good thing. So if you are constantly saying to yourself “I need to lose weight’, your mind is going ‘Uh, Uh’, there is no way in the world I’m letting you lose anything.
Human pain is liked to the word loss. So you will not be able to succeed at ‘weight loss’ or ‘losing weight’.
To Lose Weight Is a No-No For the Mind
Loss is one of the most negative words in our vocabulary.
Imagine if you lost your:
- car keys
- loved ones
None of those are fun, are they? No-one likes to lose anything. Even if we lose at sport or a quiz, people do not like to lose. You see the word has too much emotional charge, and the mind will try and recover what you have lost.
Can you name anything other than weight, which would be good to lose?
Your brain cannot accept that to lose anything is good. Yet there is one exception to this rule, and that is weight. However, your brain thinks losing all things is bad.
So instead of using the phrase ‘lose weight’ try using some alternative phrases like:
- I am becoming a size 12
- I am letting go of 1/2 a stone
- I am becoming the perfect weight and shape I want to be
Changing Your Language Can Change Your Weight
By changing your language you can change your body. How can this be so?
You may have heard that old adage ‘we are what we eat’. But we are also what we think and believe. Your brain takes everything as literal and accurate.
So if you are saying the following:
- I’m ravenous
- I’m famished
- I could eat a horse
Your brain will believe you and your body will respond accordingly. And you will overeat.
Tone it down. Use less emotionally intense words like, ‘I am going to eat now’.
Also be careful how you describe yourself. Stop saying things like; ‘my bum is as big as a bus’.
Because your mind first makes a picture of what that means and then works to feel and act the way you are thinking. And your mind will accept this as fact and soon you will have to find extra space to park that bus.
So to get your perfect weight, shape, and size, start changing how you think. Then you will change how you feel, and your body will respond accordingly.
Studies have shown that 95% of people find diets ineffective. Sure they may lose weight, but then something stressful happens or they finish the diet and it all goes back on, Again. Basically, they focus on the wrong thing. And diets won’t solve the problem permanently.
To do that we have to change the underlying way we think and feel about ourselves.
Sourced from Marisa Peer.