How To Use Visualisation For Weight Loss

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How To Use Visualisation For Weight Loss

5 visualization tips to get leaner

I'm reading an amazing book right now. It's the incredible story of a man named Anthony Ray Hinton who spent 30 years on death row for crimes he did not commit. You found the wrong person – simply because he was black and had little money to hire adequate legal representation.

Why is it relevant to you on your weight loss journey? Because it's the story of how Hinton kept his hope alive. He had strong religious beliefs and an inspiring ability to let go of anger and hatred, but he also developed a remarkable ability to "travel in his head".

Hinton could, "… smell the salt water of the Pacific Ocean," he flew in a private jet to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace, enjoying simple pleasures he missed so painfully, such as "… sheets (the) smelled of freshly mown lawn and magnolia blossoms. "

This is how the visualization works

We can all learn from Hinton's ability to keep hope alive. Fortunately, he was exonerated and released in 2015. But it is specifically the visualization component of his story that is most interesting in the context of the power of the brain.

Visualization is a meditative technique used by athletes, celebrities, and regular members of the public to improve performance and achieve personal and professional goals. Visualization helps people stay positive but also thrive in their lives. I started practicing visualization a few years ago during my own weight loss journey.

As I started spending time seeing and feeling my body lighter and fitter, I noticed a subtle shift in the choices I made. I started craving for healthier foods and wanted to be more active instead of just thinking I should be. With the shift in my brain, everything started to change.

5 top tips on using visualization for weight loss

1. Use all of your senses – Put yourself in your ideal scenario (e.g. on a beach with loved ones or at a party) and see yourself at your target weight. How does your body feel What are the sounds and smells that surround you? Can you put your hand on your slimmer waist and flatter tummy? How does it feel?

2. Think big – Although it may seem almost ridiculous at the moment, it is important that you do not hold back with the image you have created. Regardless of whether you have ten or two stones to lose, travel in your head to the ultimate destination. Give yourself permission to see yourself as your ideal weight and feel how great it feels today. See and feel your toned muscles, a lighter body, and a flatter stomach.

3. Be as alive as possible – Research shows that our brains are prepared for suggestions and that if we spend time doing them, your decisions are likely to align with your goals if you spend time seeing yourself successful every day. If you're struggling to see a slimmer one, there are weight loss visualizer apps that allow you to upload a photo and see what you would look like if you lost weight.

4. See sugar or junk food in a new way – It is actually possible to turn off foods that are adding to your weight problem. Spend time thinking of your favorite junk foods as something different. For example, think of chocolate as foul smelling mud or jellies as chemically filled toxins that are toxic. It doesn't matter how ridiculous your ideas are. When they are alive, they can turn off your addiction.

5. Finish with a confirmation – Create a confirmation that you can use to end your visualization session. Affirmations are positive statements that can help you challenge and overcome self-sabotage and negative thoughts. If you repeat them often and believe in them, you can make positive changes. See our blog about affirmations here.

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