MOTIVATION – One of the biggest problems most people encounter when they start to lose weight is motivation. Have you ever started out with the best of intentions to exercise regularly and then just find the motivation seems to fade? Or have you began a healthy eating programme and then weigh yourself and find that you’ve gained weight or just stayed the same, all of which saps your motivation? Here are some weight loss motivation tips from Cork’s leading Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Weight Loss Motivation
The first step to creating sustainable motivation is to select your weight loss goal carefully. Many people tell themselves they want to lose (for example) 4 stone. This is the wrong goal! Here’s why – what you are most likely to do is to deprive yourself of certain foods until that target of 4 stone has been achieved. The moment the target is achieved it’s like your mind sighs a big sigh of relief and knows it can go back to eating all of the foods you’ve deprived it of for so long.
RULE No. 1 – SELECT YOUR GOAL CAREFULLY
Here’s what I believe is a far better goal – learn to eat and behave for the rest of your life as if you are at your ideal weight. Now the 4 stone in our example above is no longer a big issue. The pounds will gradually melt away as a side effect of your goal, and this is great because it means that when you reach your target weight you can continue with all your new eating behaviours because that’s your goal.
RULE No.2 – 28 DAYS TO ESTABLISH A NEW HABIT
Psychologists tell us that in order to establish a new habit, it takes 21 days but I prefer to err on the safe side and call it 28 days. So in other words, when you imagine being motivated, it can seem a bit tiring to think of keeping on motivating yourself every week for the rest of your life. But what if all you have to do is to have that motivation for 28 days? After that, habit kicks in and takes over and it becomes more and more difficult to break your new habit.
RULE No.3 – FOOD IS NOT THE ENEMY
Many people who have weight problems regard food as the enemy. Food is NOT the enemy. For naturally slim people, food is what keeps them slim and so it’s their friend. They like enjoying their food slowly and consciously and for them, food is just fuel.
All that you need to do is to learn the eating behaviours of naturally slim people and you’ll be slim too – it’s not rocket science! It’s just commonsense. And rather than expending a load of energy fighting against food, what if food became just fuel?
RULE No.4 – MOTIVATION MEANS FOCUSSING ON GOOD THINGS
You’ll never motivate yourself thinking about all of the things you don’t want to be. Think about it – does Tiger Woods stand on the first tee thinking “oh God, I hope this shot doesn’t end up in the bunker…”. Of course he doesn’t! No-one who ever achieves anything does it by thinking about what they don’t want. They achieve success by focussing on what they do want – so if you want to be slimmer, spend your time daydreaming about that new slim you and how good that’s going to look or feel, rather than thinking about how that creamy cake is definitely going to put those pounds on and how bad you’ve been for having it.
Weight Loss With HYPNOBAND
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