Wake Up Thinner by Visualizing Before Sleep
Source: The Weight Loss Motivation Bible
Could there be any truth to those claims that you can think yourself thinner? On the surface it doesn't seem likely, since it is hard to imagine how you could change your metabolic rate (the rate at which you burn fat) simply by changing your way of thinking.
But of course changing your metabolic rate isn't the only way to think yourself thinner. If you can convince yourself to adopt habits that reduce the amount of food you eat, or change the types of foods you eat to a more healthy selection, then you are going to lose weight.
That's not rocket science. The trouble is that it can be hard to implement healthy habits, especially if you are saddled with bad ones that you have picked up over the duration of your lifetime.
Carolyn Hansen recognized this problem quite some time ago when she was forced to try to figure out why it was that she was unable to achieve any long-lasting success with her own weight loss efforts. For a long period of time she followed the latest fad diets and tried the popular exercise programs of the day. Both of these approaches turned out to be based on a poor understanding of how the human body responds to food and exercise.
Even when she DID stumble across good advice she found it near impossible to stick with the suggested course of action for the length of time that was needed to see long-lasting results.
Visualization Boosts Weight Loss
One of the techniques she learned about is visualization. This is the practice of running a movie through your mind of the results you hope to achieve from your efforts.
Athletes will often employ the practice of visualization when they are having trouble attaining the degree of performance they think they ought to be able to achieve but are not. In fact, Carolyn was able to use visualization to hep her get over her fear of standing on stage in the bodybuilding competitions she entered many years ago. It was only after she begin using visualization that she won the title she had been pursuing for years.
Visualization can also be used to help lose weight. One of the recommended practices in her book The Weight Loss Motivation Bible is to visualize your slimmer, healthier self before you go to sleep at night. Play the visualization like a movie in your mind.
Now, you are NOT going to wake up any thinner because you employ visualization. But you WILL slowly reprogram your subconscious mind to seek to harmonize your outer self (your body) with your inner self (that slim body in your visualizations). It will do this by encouraging you to establish the right habits to make your outer self merge with your inner self.
In practice this means you will begin eating more healthy foods and enjoy those foods more than you used to do. You'll see more rewards in working out and be less inclined to skip workouts. In short, you'll do the RIGHT thing more often than you did before.
It's not magic. It's just a consequence of tapping into the power of your subconscious mind to get done the things you know are possible but until now you may have had trouble putting into effect.
If you need a comprehensive system for enabling this "mind reprogramming" be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen's book The Weight Loss Motivation Bible.
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