The surprising fact is that many conditions can be improved through visualization and weight loss is one of them. It works like this: you keep in mind a vision of what you want your body to look like, and unconsciously you start acting in a way that goes in that direction. You become much more positive about your body, more accepting of your diet or fitness regime, and reach your weight goals faster and easier.
Bringing about change by visualizing desired results has become increasingly acceptable in recent years. Psychologists don’t understand exactly how it works, but it is clear that mind and body are not as separate as we often think. It seems that if you really want something, it is more likely to happen – provided, of course, that it is something that is possible, and that you have control over it. Visualization helps us to really want to lose weight by creating a clear and happy image of our fitter body. Without it, we can often set psychological traps in our own path.
Many overweight people think they cannot lose weight. Sometimes you say it out loud, or hear friends say it about themselves. In other people this belief remains in the subconscious mind. But it is certain that it affects our behavior. Someone who believes it is impossible for her to lose weight will constantly fight her own negativity when trying to diet. Her mind will constantly tell her that there is no point in dieting, she can’t lose weight, so she should just go ahead and eat whatever she wants. Visualization is the strongest technique we can use to overcome these negative thoughts and impulses.
If you are plagued by negativity, either from your own mind or the reactions of friends and family to your diet, go ahead and visualize yourself at your desired weight as often as you can. It works on the same level as all those negative voices and can destroy their influence like nothing else can.
It is important to exercise every day – if possible in the morning and evening. You only need to stay in a quiet place for a few minutes and have an image of your body in mind at the ideal weight. Some people can do this easily, others need a little help. If you’ve had a picture of yourself at your ideal weight in the past, you may find it easier to look at that. Or use a photo from a magazine but cut off the person’s face. You have to visualize your own body, but thinner.
You can also visualize from the inside. Close your eyes and let your awareness focus on a part of your body, such as your right thigh. Imagine it slowly thinning in your mind’s eye. Then move to the other thigh, and on through the body. It may help to start at the feet and move towards the head, or vice versa.
When performing your work or daily chores, think of yourself as if you were already at your ideal weight. Create your own affirmations and repeat them often, always in the present tense (“I am happy to be flexible, fit and slim”, not “I will …”). Enjoy the feeling of having a positive self-image. This will help you stick to your weight loss plan over time. You will find that fatty foods are less appealing and that exercise is more enjoyable.
While your weight loss will of course be gradual, the great thing about visualization is that it gives you a new body image right away. Use visualization and weight loss to make you happier now and today!