The idea may sound a little uncanny, but the science is there to back it up. Visualization has been used for decades by athletes; Michael Jordan has attributed much of his success to visualization, Usain Bolt was quoted saying: “ I just visualized and then executed my plan”, after breaking the 100 meters world record with a time of 9.58 seconds. This technique is widely used by sports psychologists, and peak performers of all athletics from golf to gymnastics.
However, does visualization help in weight loss?
The mind cannot know the difference between what is real and what is imagined. Hence when you visualize something, your subconscious encodes that picture as if it is real and actually happening. If we visualize something happening, the brain has the ability to process it as if it is actually happening.
In a study at McGill University, subjects were requested to eat more fruit for a week, 50% of participants were told to visualize buying fruit and eating it at particular times and to write down their plan for reaching their goal. The results showed that everyone ate more fruit, but those that used visualization ate twice as much fruit.
Visualization helps us to deeply want to lose weight by creating a clear picture of our ideal bodies. It is an under-used powerful tool for weight-loss successes. I have been experimenting with visualization for weight loss in my practice. It has helped many clients in losing weight, sticking to healthy choices and feeling better. When the brain is tricked into thinking that you are eating healthy foods, you are making healthier choices, and you are feeling better, it actually alters your behavior, cravings and motivation. It is an excellent aid to weight loss.
Here is an easy way to try weight loss visualization every morning:
As you wake up but before you get out of bed, take a deep breath in and a deep breath out to calm the mind and relax the body. Then picture yourself at your ideal realistic weight, then visualize yourself eating 3 healthy meals, making healthy choices, and feeling light and energized.
Notice these feelings and sensations that come with that image of yourself, really perceive it and feel it deeply.
Then visualize yourself in control of your food, visualize yourself choosing healthy options at every meal. Stay here for a few minutes. Then take a deep breath in and a deep breath out. Then, gently open your eyes and start your day.
Doing this every morning will help you make healthier choices during the day.
It is free so just try it…