I recently enrolled in the School of Metaphysics. When one hears metaphysics, they might imagine a Harry Potter setting, with students flying around a dining hall on brooms. But realistically, metaphysics is the study of how thinking occurs, what it causes, and how to be master of consciousness.
We can all achieve this state of concentration sporadically, unaware of what it takes to produce such a state of focus at will. However, through a structured practice, I’ll learn to maintain my hold of attention steadily on whatever I decide. The practice will strengthen my will, or better yet, will power.
Mental agility, as we’ve discussed in previous posts, is a very important element in successful achievement and maintenance of 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 to 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.
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 used as an alternative to calories counting.
The goal of subconscious conditioning is to alter one’s consciousness to the point of accepting that 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 will want to initially modify your goal weight and make changes along the way.
The Self-Worth Roadblock
Many of those struggling with obesity have gained weight as a result of emotional eating. We eat comfort foods that are unhealthy because they make us feel better. If not better, then at least not so bad.
In cases such as these, you may need to explore the unhelpful beliefs and negative thoughts you have, to create a fit and healthy you.
A chronological approach can be effective for increasing your insight and understanding of your life events and memories that center around your weight.
Two free therapy tools for exploring and resolving negative judgements triggered by past events: Emotional Freedom Techniques and Percussive Suggestion Technique are available at no charge at Your Simple Steps website.** More great articles:**** Boost Your Metabolism by Eating these Foods!**
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Cheryl Ann Borne, writing as My Bariatric Life, is a contributing writer and Paleo recipe developer for HealthCentral’s Obesity Community. Cheryl is an award-winning healthcare communications professional and obesity health advocate who has overcome super obesity and it’s related diseases. She publishes the website MyBariatricLife.org and microblogs on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Cheryl also is writing her first book and working on a second website. Watch her transformational video on Vimeo.