Have you ever wondered why some people decide to lose weight and it seems to happen within a few weeks and they manage to keep it off?
After studying diets, weight loss, and how thin people think I believe I have found the answer to the question: How do I lose weight quickly and keep it off?
It All Starts Here
Think about the last time you decided to lose weight. How successful were you, and how long did the weight loss last, before you started to pile it back on? My guess is not very long, and here's why....
You didn't believe it was possible....
A lot of us think like a fat person, yes I know we shouldn't use the word fat to describe somebody, it's not very PC and all that, but let's just call a spade a spade, if you're fat just admit it and do something about it, instead of saying; 'I'm big boned' 'My medication has caused me to gain weight', 'I have a gland problem' or some other excuse. Sounds very arrogant doesn't it, well I have the right as I have been there, and I made all the excuses as well with my favourite being 'I don't have enough time to exercise' - admit that you're fat and move on.
I discovered something huge, and it shouldn't have came as that much of a surprise as I have been teaching how to use the mind for years now. When I changed the way I thought about being overweight, I literally changed my body and lost 26 pounds within a few months, that was last year and I have still kept the weight off. I believe you can think yourself thin.
So what was the magic pill?
Instead of working on my body, I worked on my mind.
You see, I kept on repeating excuses to myself and programming my mind to believe that I was always going to be overweight. When you truly, deeply, believe that you will always be overweight, you are literally telling your body to stay overweight, and the cells in your body are listening to this brain-body communication. Sounds incredible doesn't it, that your cells are obeying your beliefs.
The HUNT Study
The HUNT study began eleven years ago with the testing of thousands of average-weight Norwegian kids aged thirteen to nineteen
. They were weighed, measured, and their Body Mass Index (BMI) was calculated. Then they were asked questions about their lifestyle and body image.
When the researchers re-examined the youth as young adults (ages 24–30 years old), they discovered that the participants who felt like they were fat as adolescents gained .88 BMI units more that those who thought they looked just fine as teens.
“Perceiving themselves as fat even though they are not may actually cause normal weight children to become overweight as adults,” says Koenraad Cuypers, one of the researchers on the project.
Why would thinking you’re fat actually make you fat?
The Biology of Belief
Dr. Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He is best known for promoting the idea that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs. Dr. Lipton is a Stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award. He has been studying how the mind interacts with the body's cells for over 30 years and has discovered something truly remarkable, your body cells can be changed by changing what you think and believe about yourself.
Change your beliefs, change your body
When you start to work on the beliefs in your mind you start to change the way your body reacts to food. You can also start to change the way you think about exercise, about thin people, and about your health in general.
One way to change your beliefs about yourself is to use visualization to start perceiving yourself in a different way. Guided Meditation has many benefits in helping you to change your beliefs about yourself:
- Visualize yourself thin
- Slow your heart rate
- Lower your blood pressure
- Slow your breathing rate
- Increase blood flow to major muscles
- Reduce muscle tension and chronic pain
- Improve concentration
- Reduce anger and frustration
- Boost confidence in yourself and your body
- Speed up your metabolism
When you can do all of the above, research has shown that you reduce stress, and when you reduce stress you also reduce the tendency to gain weight (In 2007, the University of Georgetown published research showing that stress and anxiety trigger a reaction in the body which actually creates belly fat growth.)
Not only that, but when you truly start to believe that you can lose weight easily, and keep it off, you will have much more success than any new fad diet out there.
As ever, let me know what you think or better yet, let me hear your stories about changing your beliefs that led to you losing weight.
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