Weight loss benefits tend to be viewed in the long term as opposed to the short term. We know that if we were to lose weight we would feel slimmer sometime in the future; we would feel healthier and more full of energy. We would look better and be able to wear smaller sizes in clothes. But how do these weight loss benefits relate to us now, in this very moment?
Similarly we know that the long term effects of losing weight include a decreased likelihood of cancer, diabetes, asthma and so on. But how do we feel about these benefits of weight loss right now?
The answer of course is that we don’t feel these health benefits now; they are as distant from our minds as our expectation of winning the lottery is at the time your ticket is purchased. And therefore these very real and proven future health benefits of weight loss do not provide motivation to lose weight. A thought which has no accompanying emotion has no effect. You have to FEEL the effect of those weight benefits NOW for them to become a motivating force in your quest to lose weight now.
This is why sometimes to lose weight very quickly at the beginning of a diet is a powerful motivating force and predictor of successful weight loss in the long term. Conversely, it can also explain why so many people fail to lose weight as slower weight loss can feel so slow that you do not notice any benefits at all. But the same weight loss programs or methods do not work for everyone. We are all unique and have to focus upon our individual weight loss benefits.
What can you do to bring those long term benefits forward in your mind and see and feel them more clearly right now? For example, if you are overweight and your excess weight is placing stress upon your bones and muscles, you might like to consciously place more awareness upon how your body feels; the simple act of connecting the real pain which you experience now with the knowledge of being overweight can trigger your motivation to lose weight right now. But to keep this motivational effect you have to remain aware of your levels of pain, and relief from pain, as you begin to lose weight. As you feel less pain, this immediate benefit serves to motivate you to keep on losing more weight.
For most of us however, we do not have this immediate feedback in terms of feeling less pain. We still need to experience immediate weight loss benefits to keep our motivation high. We can do this by utilizing our imaginations. You might wonder how this helps, but please bear with me whilst I explain the key role which visualization plays in successful weight loss programs.
When you dream you find yourself vividly imagining things and you experience an immediate emotional reaction, don’t you? Night mares are of course the ultimate example of the immediate and intense emotional experience one has when events are vividly seen in your imagination. Those feelings are undeniably felt RIGHT NOW.
Our innate ability to visualize enables us to experience a powerful emotion STRAIGHT AWAY. In a night mare the emotion is negative and scary. But you could intentionally visualize yourself slim and healthy, having lost weight, feeling sexy and looking fantastic. The more vividly you imagine yourself losing weight and feeling sexy, sassy, slender or slim, the more positive emotional energy you will experience; this is the fuel which motivates successful weight loss.
As you visualize yourself slim you bring those long term benefits forward in time, right into the forefront of your mind and so you feel your weight loss benefits right now. You can make your visualizations and emotional fuel more powerful by employing hypnosis.
Hypnosis provides access to your subconscious mind and also frees up your creative juices. Your imagination will thus flow more freely and your visualizations will become more vivid and powerful. Your weight loss benefits inevitably become a powerful magnetic force which pulls you forward to where you want to be – slim, healthy, sexy and happy.
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