Visualization, or Guided Imagery, is an effective tool to help you reach your weight loss goals. You picture in your mind your new slim body and subconsciously you begin to act in ways that fulfill the vision. This process allows the brain to let go of any negative thinking you may have about your body and allows you to be more accepting of your weight loss efforts.
Maya Talisman, a Mindfulness trainer, explains goal-setting is important, but our intention is also important to getting what we want. When we set goals we focus on numbers, such as number of pounds shed or amount of inches lost. When we clarify our intentions, we focus on how achieving our goals will influence our life in a positive way.
Let’s say your goal is to lose 30 pounds in 3 months. What’s your intention? How about, “I feel strong, healthy, fit, confident, attractive, and sexy,” says Frost. “The number on the scale isn’t what matters most – it’s how you feel each day.” Source: WebMD: “How to Reach Your Goals”
“Intentions allow us to picture ourselves – and how we’ll feel – when we are successful,” says Frost. “There’s no room for failure in the picture. We focus on the positive and powerful feelings we’ll have.” Source: WebMD: “How to Reach Your Goals”
Visualization is a powerful and simple process. We need to see ourselves the way we want to be and we need to give ourselves positive self-talk.
Visualizing Weight Loss in 4 Steps:
It’s important to visualize your slim body on a daily basis. Start by finding a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Visualize your trim body from an old photo of yourself at your desired weight or use a photo from a magazine, only replace the face with your own.
Another method is to visualize your slim body from the inside. While in a quiet place, close your eyes and calm your thoughts. Often playing soothing music or going to your mental “happy place,” such as a tropical beach with swaying palms, will help to relax your mind. Visualize your body becoming thinner one part at a time. You can either start at your head and work down to your feet or vice versa.
Give yourself daily affirmations of your desired weight and daily activities. For example, say out loud to yourself, “I am eating less food and becoming slimmer every day.” Or, “I am feeling fitter and more energetic each day.”
Repeat these affirmations out loud to yourself many times throughout the day.
Weight loss does not happen overnight. It can often be a tedious journey. Perhaps you have already lost some weight but can’t seem to lose the final 10 pounds. Maybe you have tried many weight loss programs that worked for a while, but then you gained all the weight back again. Visualization techniques may be the missing tool you need to finally get your slim body as well as a positive self-image.