7 Easy Steps To Visualize Your Weight Loss
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7 Easy Steps To Visualize Your Weight LossA Powerful Technique For Being Your Best
Every diet or approach I tried followed the same pattern. There was a list of “bad foods,” things I couldn’t eat, and I’d avoid them like poison. Then there were “good foods,” the stuff I was allowed to eat freely, so I’d fill my fridge and my stomach with those approved items, trusting that as long as I did my part and followed the program, it would work. But it didn’t. It never works.
The pattern was the same every time. I’d lose some weight initially, but after a few weeks (or a few months) on the program, my intense food cravings would completely take control, and I’d have a huge binge. When I hit my heaviest, my weight had become a debilitating problem in every area of my life.
Out of sheer desperation, I started using the mind-body practice of guided-imagery visualization. I was 409 pounds, and there I was visualizing myself as a lean and fit 186-pound guy. As ridiculous as it may have seemed even to me, no one today can argue with the results. Every night, I would visualize my goal, and then the next day things seemed to fall perfectly into place to help me achieve that goal, just like clockwork. Fast forward two and a half years. I’d reached my ideal weight and ideal body. I write about how to do this in my book, Visualization For Weight Loss.
Visualization is uniquely suited to retraining your body to be thin, much more so than dieting or exercise are, because it works from the inside out to change your biochemistry and neural pathways. With regular practice, visualization will ease the stress in your body, and you’ll build up the defenses to protect yourself from deadly diseases.
Now, here are 7 simple steps to help you create the perfect visualization.
STEP 1: GET INTO SMART MODE
The first thing is to get your mind into the more powerful, highly programmable state of SMART Mode. All you need is to find imagery that relaxes you simply and relatively quickly.
STEP 2: MAKE AFFIRMATIONS
You can use an affirmation to make any desired change you’d like, whether it’s to change a habit, belief, or food choice; break an addiction; or anything else. Just make sure that the words you use in your affirmation focus on the positive and take place in the present (not future) tense.
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STEP 3: MELT THE WEIGHT OFF
There are lots of ways you can imagine weight melting off your body, but I like this imagery a lot. See the excess weight being transformed into life force energy and being stored in your body as a much purer form of energy than fat. You’re storing it as invisible, healing life force energy.
STEP 4: CREATE YOUR IDEAL SELF
Now that the fat is melting away and becoming energy, turn your inner attention to your ideal self. Picture your desired body shape, and imagine what it feels like to be sitting inside that perfect shape. Feel your skin tight, muscles toned, belly flat, and a lightness of being.
STEP 5: ENVISION COMING DAYS AND MONTHS
After you’ve imagined scenes from your day-to-day life, turn your attention toward the future. Picture scenarios that you want to happen. See yourself becoming fitter, healthier, calmer, more confident, and more desirable. You may want to envision more success in business, more loving relationships, or healthier boundaries.
STEP 6: MAGNETIZE YOUR FUTURE
As you see yourself months and years down the road, in your perfect, ideal shape and body, imagine that this future version of you becomes a magnet that’s pulling you toward the direction of total success.
STEP 7: BRING IT BACK TO YOUR BODY AND GET RECHARGED
Finally, bring that bright image of your future self back to your body and imagine that super-successful future self becomes you right now, as you’re sitting there. Feel the new you that you’ve just created charging every cell of your body with success.
And then, just before you open your eyes, feel and affirm that the visualization you’ve just done will change your life forever. Say to yourself, With the power of my mind, I’ve created my ideal body. My excess weight easily and effortlessly melts off me, and I allow myself to achieve success in every area of my life, now and always. Below is a visualization exercise you can do to help fast track your weight loss.