Positive Imaging For Weight Loss

A Guide To Positive Imaging For Weight Loss

Have you
ever imagined how visualization can play an important part in losing weight and
maintaining a healthy lifestyle that keeps it off. Losing weight can be
difficult for many people who use fad diets and pills to achieve their weight
loss goals without letting their mind help in the process.

Visualization
is a powerful technique that can help you make lasting lifestyle changes. Just
by “day dreaming”, you can significantly improve your chances in
achieving your goals.

Visualization is a great weight loss tool and its as simple as visualizing your
body as you want your body to look like. This mental image of yourself is then
transferred to your subconscious mind, which in turn starts to work on your
body, shaping it in accordance with your mental image thus reducing your
weight.

This means that if you program your subconscious with a mental image of
yourself as a slimmer person, through persistence your mind will accept this
and aid your body to conform to this mental image.

Once your mind is programmed with the proper mental images, it will start to
work in assisting you to losing weight. I can’t stress enough how important it
is for you to believe in your visualization goals. You have to let go of past
dieting failures and refuse to entertain any negative images that come into
your mind.

If you can visualize your body at its perfect weight and proportions, the
subconscious mind will work to make it become a reality. It will then begin to
positively reinforce your body into aiding the metabolism and eating habits.
Programming your mind into believing that you can lose weight, and to visualize
yourself at your ideal weight is of the greatest importance.

Try to think of a different image of yourself, then let your subconscious do
the work for you. If you think of your own body fat and being out of shape all
the time, then the subconscious mind will find ways to make it so.

The subconscious looks after all of all your vital functions, it is the cause
of all your good and bad habits, and also regulates muscle (the muscles are
controlled by the subconscious) and body-fat composition on the body, and the
latter is the one we are most interested in.

So please try to visualize your body as lean as you would like, and your mind
will work on that image. The mind can be a great partner in losing weight.

Getting Rid of Bad Nutritional Habits

A bad habit is like second nature and is acquired over a long period of time.
Bad habits are programmed into the subconscious and “will power” alone will not
get rid of it. Many try using all sorts of different ways to break it but
without success.

Obesity is the result of bad nutritional habits and some of the causes are
boredom, stress, tension and different complexes. Food becomes the substitution
for these causes and before too long, obesity sets in. Most people become
concerned that they’re obese, eat more and a vicious cycle is established.

The only way for lasting permanent weight loss is to break these bad habits and
replace them with positive new ones, and the only way to do this is with
visualization. Visualization puts you in charge of your subconscious where all
these bad programs are stored.

All the will power in the world is not going to break these bad habits unless
one has the help of their subconscious.

Relaxation

Relaxation the best way to reach the sub-conscious and will slow down the mind,
turn off the exterior world so as to tune in to one’s inner self. The best
times for these sessions are in the morning and late at night right, just
before going to sleep.

Try performing two sessions, one in the afternoon (primary) and the other
before going to sleep (secondary) but once a day is quite sufficient. Sessions
usually last 20 minutes, which isn’t time consuming especially when taking in
the benefits received.

When you begin your relaxation sessions, make sure you won’t be disturbed -
lock the door, take the phone off the hook and loosen all clothing. Now find a
comfortable position, whether it is lying down or sitting in a comfortable
chair.

Sitting may be preferable as you may fall asleep if you become too comfortable.
You want to be conscious and not asleep in order to tap into your sub-conscious
mind.

Try to exhale all the air from your lungs completely and then breathing in
through the nose. Take ten seconds to fill the lungs with air (not to capacity,
but comfortable) hold for ten seconds and then exhale slowly through the nose
for another ten seconds.

Each one of these breathing cycles should last for 30 seconds, complete five
cycles and after each cycle you will be feeling more and more relaxed.

If you are sitting, open your eyes and look straight ahead. If you are lying
down, open your eyes and stare at the ceiling. After a few minutes, slowly
close your eyes.

Having reaching this calm relaxed state start your visualizations. Put together
images that power your emotions. Make them alive and colourful. Make the scenes
as real as possible and imagine yourself as slim and toned the way you will
look after successful weight loss.

Picture yourself ten weeks from now on the beach, walking briskly and
confidently to your favourite spot, your breathing is normal and relaxed. You
smile to yourself; you could keep walking like this for miles without feeling
fatigued.

You lay your towel out and begin to take your clothes off revealing a firm,
toned, well conditioned body. You have just bought a brand new swimming suit
which just weeks before would have been lying in your closet waiting to be
used.

Glancing around you notice the beach is busy, you catch the eye of someone of
the opposite sex, they smile at you and you smile back. You walk confidently to
the water and swim a couple of hundred yards with no problem or fatigue.

Or try this:

Visualize your family and friends complimenting you about how good your body
looks and how slim you look. Try to view the scene as it is happening this
instant – in the present, not in the future.

Using these visualizations you can construct in your mind any scene that
desire. See yourself exercising, socializing, in the company of friends. Try
and hear people complimenting you about your slim new body, and watch their
admiring glances. Make the mental image as real as possible.

• Remember set a goal for your ideal weight

• You must want to lose weight

• Visualize yourself at your ideal weight

• Use positive images at every opportunity

Now that you are armed with this information practice these sessions on a daily
basis and over a period of ten weeks you’ll be on your way to become a happier
and leaner person.

Gary Matthews is the author of the popular fitness eBooks Maximum Weight Loss
and Maximum Weight Gain. Please visit http://www.maximumfitness.com right now
for your ‘free’ weight loss e-course.


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