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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Dieting and Weight Loss Resolutions

By Bill Schuchman

For many of us, the New Year is a time of reflection. Reflecting on what has happened in the past and on dreams and desires for the future. These dreams and desires often become New Years resolutions.

I admit that for many years each time a New Year rolled around I would make a resolution to lose weight and get back into shape. Each year I would try a different diet and each year I would fail. Some years I would keep my resolution for several weeks and lose some weight. Unfortunately, my willpower would inevitably falter and before I knew it, I would be back to where I started.

Each time this happened I felt the failure at my core. I blamed myself and started believing I was weak. After all, other people were losing weight, why wasn't I? Then it dawned on me. Why do most New Year's resolutions fail? Why do most people on diets ultimately fail? Could it be that we are all weak? That we are all failures? I started thinking, maybe we weren't weak. After all, there's strength in numbers. What if it was the diet that was weak? If not the diet, what about the whole diet approach? Think about it.

Then I began to notice the disclaimers that were included in every commercial for every diet center like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. The commercials usually show a before and after picture, an overweight person and then a picture of that person magically transformed to a slim, healthy and happy person. Then the disclaimer in very small print appears at the bottom of the commercial. The disclaimer usually reads something like “These results are not typical.” These results are not typical which means that most people will not succeed on this program. How many different diets or plans have you tried only to end up with the same results? There had to be a better way.

This led me on a journey to discover a more effective way to lose weight. Keeping it simple, I discovered that in order to change our appearance on the outside, we first need to change on the inside. Our body is a reflection of our thoughts and our beliefs. We need to change the way we feel if we are top have any chance at losing weight. This type of approach is consistent with what many great thinkers, leading edge doctors and psychiatrists are saying:

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his thoughts. - William James

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. - Carl Gustav Jung

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emotions are important because it is how we feel about who we are and what we are doing that determines the success or failure of our efforts. Dr. Candace Pert

To change on the inside you need to begin to change your focus. I'm sure you think all the time about how heavy you look, or what you next meal will be or how much you weight. These thoughts run though you mind day in and day out. When you catch yourself thinking these thoughts, stop and think of something pleasant. It would be best if you could think of something you liked about yourself or your body.

Change those negative thoughts to hopeful empowering positive thoughts. Each time you think a negative thought concerning your weight, catch yourself and immediately change it. For example: “I feel fat” would be changed to “I am burning calories and getting thinner at this very second” “I will never lose weight” would be changed to “I can do anything I put my mind to, I am losing weight at this very moment” “I really want to eat that doughnut” would be changed to “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels, I will only eat foods that support a healthy fit and trim body”

There are natural tools that can help you to change yourself from within. Some of these tools include; -Hypnosis, Listening to hypnosis recordings can quickly change you way you think of yourself and view the world. Hypnosis can release hidden potential you never realized you had. -EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques is a process where by tapping on specific body points you can release the negative emotions, feelings and thoughts that keep playing over and over again in your mind. -Affirmations, when properly written to that their believable affirmations can reprogram the negative thoughts and beliefs to positive one. The key to affirmations is that they must be believable.

So forget about those weight loss centers or diets that by their own admission don't work and begin to change you from the inside.

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3 comments:

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I think you hit on some really great points. So many of those programs are just not going to work for people long term.

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Diet Diva said...

My "mantra" for want of a better word is - Your Thoughts Create Your Life - if I think I might fail, I will! It's as simple as that.

To successfully lose weight, no matter how we go about it, if we don't believe we'll succeed we probably wont. BUT, if we can see ourselves succeed in our mind's eye, then we,re half way there already.

So the bottom line is... we can't afford a negative thought!!

Diet Diva said...

My "mantra" for want of a better word is - Your Thoughts Create Your Life - if I think I might fail, I will! It's as simple as that.

To successfully lose weight, no matter how we go about it, if we don't believe we'll succeed we probably wont. BUT, if we can see ourselves succeed in our mind's eye, then we,re half way there already.

So the bottom line is... we can't afford a negative thought!!