If you’ve struggled to lose weight, your greatest enemy could be your brain. The latest research reveals losing weight is much harder than previously thought because the brain registers a new, higher ‘set point’ as you gain weight that makes shedding those unwanted pounds more difficult. You can eat less and exercise more but your weight will be hard to budge. It doesn’t seem fair. Once you understand the powerful role of your brain, you can harness it to assist, rather than hinder, your weight loss efforts.
Most weight loss efforts fail because your current weight is exactly where your mind and body want it to be. Yes, that’s right. You are already at the exact weight for which your mind and body are programmed. Any efforts to change your weight are like trying to swim upstream. Salmon are great at swimming against the current – people are not. Sure, with a lot of work you can make some progress, but as soon as you relax, you’re likely to lose any gains you may have achieved. How many times have you said, “It takes me a month to lose 5 pounds and two days to gain it right back!”
If you’re overweight, it’s not your fault. It’s nobody’s fault because there is no ‘fault’. Your weight and everything about you is simply the result of millions of inputs including genetics, physical environment, family environment, emotions, friends, events, culture, etc. This unique combination of ingredients and influences made you exactly the way you are: perfect and deserving of love no matter what you look like.
The key to losing weight is not deprivation. It’s about winning the mental game of weight control through listening. Most world-class athletes and coaches will tell you that the mind is the most important part of every sport. Well, guess what? The mind is also the most important part of weight control. Here’s why. Every thought we have produces electro-chemical changes in our body. Our thoughts influence our metabolism as well as our eating habits, our attitude toward exercise, our self-image and our cravings. Many of these thoughts are established during childhood and, for better or worse, have an enormous long-term impact.
One of the greatest discoveries in the past century is we can change our inner-image and in doing so, automatically change our lives for the better. We can neutralize past negative programming and replace it with positive thoughts, images and feelings. This doesn’t mean you won’t have to modify your food intake and exercise but you’ll be more motivated to make choices that are in line with your goals. The key is having the right tools to help you change your inner mind. Among the best tools are audio programs, hypnosis, personalized therapy, and “immersion camps” that control your diet, activities, and provide emotional support for a period of time to help you establish new habits.
Losing weight starts with your brain. Your attitude, focus, and resolve are all influenced by mental image. Change your brain, and watch the weight change as well.
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