I attended the School of Metaphysics a few years ago. When a person hears the term metaphysics, she might imagine a Harry Potter setting with students flying around a dining hall on brooms. Realistically, metaphysics is the study of how thinking occurs, what it causes, and how to master consciousness. I use metaphysical concentration in my program of weight loss and maintenance.
Repeat your goal weight again and again just prior to going to sleep when your mind is most receptive to suggestion.
We can all achieve this state of concentration sporadically but remain unaware of what it takes to willfully produce this state of focus. Through structured practice, I can learn to maintain a steady hold of attention on whatever I decide. The practice will strengthen my will, or better yet, will power.
Mental agility is a very important element in successful achieving and maintaining weight loss. Below are some examples of using the mind to overcome weight loss obstacles.
Memory as a Tool for Weight Loss
Psychologist Eric Robinson conducted a study to test how attentive eating can help prevent overeating. Two groups of obese women were asked to eat a ham sandwich. The first group listened to an audio clip suggesting they give full focus to the task of eating the sandwich. The second group ate the sandwich while a cuckoo chimed in the background.
Speak positive affirmations about your weight loss intentions.
At the end of the test it was shown that the women in group 1 were not only able to give a more detailed description of the meal but also snacked less later on. Robinson and fellow researchers also did a meta-analysis of 24 additional studies and found that attentive eating can also be an alternative to counting calories.
The goal of subconscious conditioning is to alter consciousness to the point of accepting we are already where we wish to be. If we do this, the subconscious will intuitively direct us to the right foods and exercise if we give our minds the correct message.
An example of this would be a weight loss technique where you repeat your goal weight again and again just prior to going to sleep when your mind is most receptive to suggestion. While awake, speak positive affirmations about your weight loss intentions. This will help condition your subconscious mind into accepting your goal weight and create positive compulsive guidance.
In order to condition your subconscious mind, the goals must be realistic. If you want to lose a great amount of weight, you must modify your goal weight and make changes along the way. Read: Beginning the Bariatric Diet? Start with Your Mind
The Self-Worth Roadblock
Many of those struggling with obesity gain weight through emotional eating. We eat comfort foods that are unhealthy because they make us feel better. If they do not make us feel better, we at least do not feel as bad. Read: Steer Clear of Emotional Eating
In such cases, you may need to explore unhelpful beliefs and negative thoughts to create a fit and healthy you. Read: Weight Loss Inspirational Quotes
A chronological approach can be effective for increasing insight and understanding of life events and memories that revolve around weight.
Two free therapy tools for exploring and resolving negative judgments triggered by past events are Emotional Freedom Techniques and Percussive Suggestion Technique. Both are available at no charge at Your Simple Steps website.
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