People who are not overweight cannot understand why some people are fat. After all if you want to lose weight all you have to do is eat less, eat better and exercise more.
Unfortunately this is the way most diet plans approach peoples weight loss issues. Most weight loss plans focus on your actions. They tell you that you have to eat this but not that, you must drink only this and you have to eat by combining your foods in a certain order. You are instructed to exercise until you drop.
While many of these processes can work in the short term – they are not sustainable in the long term. These weight loss plans are generally too restrictive and they require a tremendous amount of will power. Let’s face it, if losing weight were as easy as eating less and exercising more then 100 million Americans would not be over weight.
These weight loss plans always fail to address the root of your weight issues. The root of most weight issues is the ways you think and feel create emotional issues that keep the weight on you. Your thoughts create your feelings; your feelings determine your actions. Your body changes at a cellular level based on how your feeling.
Think about it for a moment. When are you most likely to over eat? During emotionally challenging times such as being under stress, being angry, sad, fearful and even board. Over time the more you over eat due to emotional causes the more your body expects the extra food so you reach a point where you eat just to eat.
Our thoughts create our emotions…
Our emotions determine our actions.
All of our actions originate first from a thought. Some of these thoughts generate strong emotional responses such as if we’re worried or frightened about something. Anyone who is overweight has emotional triggers to food.
We think of something and have an emotional response to that thought which in turn triggers an eating response. Many times we’re not even aware we doing this, it’s sort of being on automatic pilot. Think about your own triggers. Do you ever reach for food or a snack when your under stress or worried? How about if you’re lonely or sad?
Our thoughts create our emotions…
Our emotions create our body.
What’s happening inside of us creates what’s happening outside of us. There is no difference to the way our body feels to us then it actually is.
Each of us creates our own reality including our body. We believe that what is happening outside of us is what is creating the feeling within us when actually the opposite is true.
The way we feel, the thoughts we have, what we focus on makes internal changes to us on a cellular level that creates our external world.
Diets try to change you from the outside when the only way you can be changed is from the inside. No matter what you do to lose weight you will fail unless you change yourself from the inside, nothing external can work.
The importance of focusing on what your desired out come is and believing that it has already occurred can not be over stated. Scientific studies have shown that if you monitor a persons brain activity a real event is recorded the same as an imagined event within the brain.
If a person was to look at a flag, and then close their eyes and imagine a flag their brain waves would be identical. The same neuro networks are activated, the same neurons are fired.
The brain cannot distinguish between real or imagined events. Your brain cannot distinguish between what’s happening outside to your own internal thoughts. Your brain cannot distinguish between what you see and what you imagine or pretend to see. Now take this a step further.
When you close your eyes and picture yourself what do you see? If you modify that picture, your reality will bend to that image.
So why is that important? Your thoughts, beliefs and intents create your reality, your outcome. What you think about you body creates your body.
Your thoughts alone can alter your body. Your thoughts create emotions and if the emotions are strong you create memories.
Your hypothalamus is a gland that is rich in fibers and synaptic connections and it controls the functions of the body such as blood pressure, heartbeat, metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. The way that it accomplishes this is that your hypothalamus is a chemical factory that creates peptides which are small chained amino acids. These peptides are created based on our emotions.
Different neuro hormones are created based on the emotion we are feeling: Joy, love, happiness, fear, hate and all other emotions that we actually experience or imaging create peptides. At the moment that we experience an emotion, real or imagined hormones are released into the body.
Every cell in your body has receptors for the various hormones that are released. The hormones that are released into the body are attached to the cell through the receptor. This is very similar to a key going into a lock. Once attached the cell will change based on the hormone that has attached to it which ultimately is determined by your emotions.
Each cell is alive with its own consciousness and over time your cell will create more receptors for the predominate hormone being released.
The more receptors for a given emotion that is created will cause the body to create situations the will satisfy the chemical cravings of our cells. The more you experience joy the more joy receptors will be activated within your cells.
The more joy receptors the more your body will create situations that will cause you to feel joyful. This holds true for your weight as well.
The more you feel fat and over weight the more that those receptors become activated thereby causing your body to react in a way that will keep you overweight. Every function of the body is influenced by your emotional state.
In order to break this you must first change way you think about your body. Then as you become aware of the negative thought patterns that have been contributing to your negative body image you need to choose different thoughts. Most overweight people have thoughts like:
– I will never be able to lose weight
– If I look at food I gain 5 pounds
– I’m not desirable
– I’m not good enough
– I hate my body
It is impossible to lose weight and keep the weight off if you have a negative body image.
Changing your thought patterns is simple to do. Simply focus on things that you do like about your body. You could say to yourself:
– I have nice eyes
– I feel strong
– I feel thinner today
– I love how my body is going to look
– My children love me
The whole point is to raise your emotional level; you want to feel good about you and your body.
Another useful tool is the “Wouldn’t it be nice game” When you’re not in a good place emotionally simply say to yourself “Wouldn’t it be nice if____ :
– I lost 20 pounds
– I could fit into that dress
– I could get into a size 6
By playing the “Wouldn’t it be nice game” you immediately change your emotional state and feel more positive.
By changing your negative thoughts concerning your body you will change your emotions. You will have a more positive approach to your body and to life. By using this approach you will not have the struggle that you have come to expect when attempting to lose weight.
So start raising your emotional state today!
Bill Schuchman, ACH, EFT-ADV
Bill Schuchman is the founder of Personal Mastery Inc specializing in personal growth products . He is a Certified Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, he has earned the EFT Advanced Certificate of Completion and he is a Subconscious Motivational Therapist.
* National Guild of Hypnotists
* International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
* International Association of Counselors and Therapists
* National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists
* American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists
* American Board of Hypnotherapy
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