The Scale and tape measure Give Information
In my last article I recommended ditching the cycle of dieting and making lifestyle changes to successfully attain a healthy body weight. Dieting makes us feel deprived; We are constantly thinking about food; What we can eat and especially the food we are not allowed to eat. Diets are usually pretty restrictive and typically we will avoid situations where “bad” food or food that is not prescribed our diet sheet will be served; When invited to social occasions, the dieter’s first thought is “what can I eat”, “how will I cope” “I can’t go”. Some of us stay at home to avoid temptation because we don’t feel we have the willpower to be “good”. Being unsociable not only puts strain on our relationships it is also not sustainable because food is all around us and is usually central to social events. Alternatively we might decide to “go off” our diet for the occasion and at the same time make the most of it by eating too much of the type of food that caused us to gain weight in the first place. Consequently we feel bad, weak, overwhelmed and may backslide into the old eating patterns. This type of negative thinking produces results that are pretty predictable – failure!! It just reinforces the belief that having a healthy body involves deprivation, strong willpower and starvation. It really doesn’t have to be this way, you don’t have to keep beating yourself up; Instead you can make self-nurturing a priority and get excited about living life to the full with health and vitality and shift your focus from deprivation to benefits of being slim.

The benefits of a desired outcome are personal and differ from person to person. These benefits become our “why”. If we focus on “why” it is important to do something then our thought processes are specific and positive which motivate us to stay focused on our goals.

Here is how you determine your personal benefits:-

Using all of your senses imagine that you could wave a magic wand and you have the body that you so desire; Ask yourself the following questions about how different your life is:-

  1. How does it feel and what affect does it have:-
    On how you interact with others?
    On your intimate life?
    When you exercise?
    When buying clothes
  2. What are you doing differently?
    How does it affect your productivity?
    What can you do now that you wouldn’t/couldn’t do before?
  3. Imagine further into the future being slim and healthy – perhaps as an older person, a
    being a grandparent, achieving sporting goals, pursuing hobbies. Notice what gets you excited.

Now, as you imagine the future with a slim healthy body determine what benefit is most important and compelling to you. It would be helpful to focus on this most important benefit for about 10 minutes at the start of every day so that you can stay on track to be self-nurturing.

The first step is to picture and imagine yourself on a tv screen with the body you desire and all the habits that are associated with having a slim trim healthy body.
Imagine trying on your “slim clothes”
Making healthy choices when socializing
Planning meals
Eating regularly
Shopping for healthy foods – reading nutritional information on packaging

Imagine it so vividly, using all of your senses (seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling, tasting, and what you are saying to yourself) as if you have already achieved success

You might also like to give yourself some affirmations that are appropriate for you such as:-

  • I eat when there is a physiological need for food for fuel….I am in touch with my emotions
    and recognize the difference between hunger and negative emotions…..I seek to change my
    habits to self-soothe in a healthy way…
  • I choose fresh healthy foods to nurture my body… I make it a priority to plan my meals….. I
    nurture my body and mind with a wide variety of foods.
  • I give all my attention to the food that I am eating, enjoying aromas, taste and texture…….I
    enjoy food and take the time to research and try out new recipes……I eat mindfully and find
    that I am satisfied with eating less

In my next article I shall explain how you can rid yourself of past beliefs and experiences which affect your eating habits and lifestyle today.
Read more about Hypnosis/NLP/Personal Coaching for weight loss here
Read Health Status article on using visualization for weight loss here

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