We all know that our mind is a powerful tool. Can we talk ourselves into losing weight and being healthy? A few of our tryitdiet sisters took on this challenge. See what they said.
Here at tryitdietsisters, we are all for trying out as many weight loss programs as possible. Something that has come up time and time again is having a healthy mindset, and how that is key to losing weight and keeping it off.
I agree with this whole-heartedly! The more I have tried to figure out why I struggle losing weight, and why it comes back on so easily, the more I realized that I had to change my view and habit of food. I see food now as an energy and nutrition source, not as an activity to do because I am bored.
But having a healthy mindset about weight loss can go beyond just how you view eating. There have been plenty of studies about positive affirmations helping directly and indirectly with healthy weight loss.
One sister tried a program that promised that by unlocking our mind into a positive outlook about weight, that we could lose weight automatically without dieting or exercise. . . And you know what? It worked! My sister dropped 15 pounds in 2 weeks using that method without changing anything. . . but then the method stopped working, and she gained the weight back on.
I think that is because there are still physical rules that we have to obey:
- Inflammatory foods will cause your body to become inflamed.
- A high calorie diet where you expend less than you take in, will create fat cells.
- Your cells will still starve and call out for nutrition if you don’t feed it the right nutrition.
Telling your body to go against these things, are just filling your body with lies, and we can only function on lies for so long before they start falling apart.
Having said this, I do believe in the POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING! But that you need to use it in a way that it is a companion to healthy living.
Philosophical question: Do thoughts precede action, or do actions precede thoughts?
In my own experience, I have found that they are intertwined, and can influence both ways.
So if we think happy, healthy thoughts, if we cheer on our body for being healthy and losing the unnecessary weight, then our body will react by wanting those things to be true. But we have to do our part by noticing the cues our body then sends to us. Maybe our body will be drawn less to unhealthy foods, or maybe we will start having cravings for natural wholesome meals. Listen to your body, and follow along.
As we imagine a strong body, follow through on the desire that will come, and then see what that strong body can do!
How to be consistent with weight loss affirmations
So here is my biggest (and my sisters’) problem with positive affirmations. We are promised that if we do them consistently enough, and long enough, that we will see results. But we forget to be consistent!
So that is where this book “Positive Affirmations for Weight Loss – Tracing for Adults” Comes in.
We all know that writing it down and saying it out loud will make the affirmations more successful, but it is just so tedious to do!
The book is a tracing workbook to be used for 31 days. Morning and Night. You repeat 3 affirmations in the morning, and the same 3 that night. You end up tracing (and saying/feeling) the words six times that day. The book says you can use 3 different modes: Pen, Marker, and pencil – that the grip will change things up and make the affirmations settle deeper into your subconscious, But I don’t really have time for that.
But it does have 3 different fonts to trace. And I like that.
I keep it by my bedside -open – with a pencil – So I can remember to do it before I get up in the morning, and finish it off before I sleep at night.
It has only been a week, but surprisingly, I’m down a couple of pounds. . . But to be clear, I also follow a low-carb diet, so this isn’t just a ‘mind over matter’ situation.
It did help bring my goals for the day into focus. I wanted to eat healthier that day, because I had already thanked my body for being healthy.
I think it is worth adding to a fitness regiment for sure! (Get the Tracing Workbook here)