Most human beings are really good at negative self-talk. We create obstacles that don’t need to be there. We make things more difficult than they really need to be. We also have a tendency to turn little bumps in the road into huge hurdles. We then use those self-invented hurdles as excuses to stop us from accomplishing our goals. One of the keys to losing weight is to recognize the negative self-talk when it is happening and make a conscious effort to turn it around and replace it with positive affirmations.
The following are four examples of negative self-talk that dieters commonly engage in followed by a positive affirmation you can replace it with.
1a: I hate exercise. It’s too hard. 1b: I love the way exercise makes me feel all day!
2a: I don’t have the energy to diet.2b: Getting healthy is going to give me so much more energy!
3a: Losing weight is too hard; I’m hungry all the time. 3b: I love filling up on tasty healthy food that completely satiates my appetite like kale sauteed in olive oil, grilled salmon with lemon, shrimp and pepper kabobs, fresh squeezed carrot juice, lightly roasted cashews, grilled halibut steaks, baked sweet potatoes, and delicious big salads!
4a: I’ve hit a plateau; I’ll never lose any more weight!4b. Yea, I’ve made it through phase one and now, since I’m currently on a plateau, I won’t gain weight so easily!Do you see how that works? Any time you feel the negative self-talk coming on, find a way to replace it with positive affirmations.
Tip #2: You Must Recalibrate Your Subconscious Mind
Your subconscious mind may be sabotaging your conscious mind’s earnest efforts to lose weight. For example, while you may be consciously telling yourself that you need to eat fresh vegetables and fruit, your subconscious may be urging you to eat fast food hamburgers and french fries instead. The reasons for this may not be clear to you at first but here’s one possibility. Dieting can be stressful, especially if approached with negative self-talk, and you may be looking for a way to comfort yourself. You may have used hamburgers and french fries as a way to console yourself in the past when you were a little stressed or depressed. You may associate these unhealthy fast foods with comfort without even realizing it. This is where you need to recalibrate your subconscious mind to associate good wholesome healthy food with comforting feelings. You could tell yourself that a good stir-fry with fresh cut organic vegetables is going to taste so good it is going to soothe your soul. You can fill the house with the aroma of homemade black bean soup, or other healthy soul food, and give yourself the positive affirmation that soup will make you feel happy and comforted. If you can re-program your subconscious mind to associate healthy food with feeling comforted and other positive feelings, your subconscious mind might not work so hard against your conscious dieting efforts. The most difficult part is figuring out what your deep-rooted subconscious reasons are for your self-destructive behavior. Then, replace that with positive affirmations that will get you healthy. Now repeat several times:
1. Healthy food will soothe my soul and comfort me.
2. Homemade soup will make me feel healthy and happy.
3. Wholesome healthy food tastes better than fast food and processed food.
4. Stir-fries are so colorful and beautiful on the plate. I can’t wait to dig in!
Tip #3: Change the Running Commentary In Your Head
Have you ever had a conversation with yourself that went something like this:
“I really wish I could lose weight… but I’ll never be able to because every time I try to lose weight, I end up losing control and eating more… and eating things that aren’t good for me… and even when I manage to lose a little weight, I just gain it all back again.”
If you do, you’re not crazy. We all have these sorts of running commentaries with ourselves. The trick is to turn commentaries that are negative into a positive motivational message that we can keep repeating to ourselves. We do this by first recognizing the negative thoughts and replacing those with positive affirmations. So, instead of the above, you might substitute something like this:
“I know I can lose weight if I permanently change my lifestyle… I know I can do it now even though I may have failed in the past because I’m older and wiser… I’ve learned how important it is for my future… I can eat all the food I want and never get too hungry if I eat healthy foods that fills me up and has a really satisfying taste… this way I can lose the weight and keep it off because when I crave food, I’ll eat healthy and tasty food instead of junk.”
In conclusion, while you can’t literally think yourself thin, positive affirmations can dramatically improve your odds losing weight and keeping the weight off. It’s a way of re-training the mind to be a cheerleader for doing the right things.