This Weight Loss Mindset Is The Key To Fitness, Says Science
Did you know, your weight loss mindset is more important than any fad diet or exercise routine?
You’ve probably noticed how in 2017 wellness is too hard.
We here at THE DAILY MEDITATION have been telling you for years to drop the fad diets and complex exercise routines. And (not to gloat) science has just proven us right.
If you want to lose weight, mindset is key.
New research out of the University of Bristol is changing the world’s perspective on weight loss.
This breaking research shows that the key to getting that lean, healthy, sexy body is your weight loss mindset.
Why You Need The Right Weight Loss Mindset
We have long known that there is a mindset for success. And now we know there is a mindset for weight loss, too.
Researchers at the University of Bristol have found that when it comes to succeeding in weight loss, mindset makes all the difference.
Here’s the deal:
There is one crucial difference between the mindset of a healthy person and the mindset of an overweight person.
- People who successfully lose weight think about the next meal whenever they’re preparing food.
- Obese people ignore the next meal and focus solely on what they are eating at the time.
This defies common held beliefs.
Society Is Wrong: Weight Loss Is Mind Over Matter
For years, society and government-funded research has rammed it down our throats that weight loss is solely about the physical, material matters, about food and exercise.
Sorry, but they’re wrong.
The mind is the ultimate tool when it comes to losing weight.
That’s why so many people are using meditations to lose weight.
Meditation gives you the right state of mind for weight loss.
And now we’re seeing how the tiniest change of perspective can make all the difference.
The researchers tell us, “These findings are exciting because they are the first to demonstrate that discounting operates in planning from one meal to the next and that people with obesity might not be factoring that in to their choices.”
The researchers at the University of Bristol state that:
- overweight people simply ignore, or forget, the fact that it might not be very long until the next meal.
- lean people, on the other hand, are aware of the time between meals, and they use this when doing portion control.
A similar study was conducted previously. It found a link between obesity and “delay discounting”, which is the idea that the farther away something seems, the less important we consider it to be. Delay discounting can lead people to make decisions in the moment without thinking of the future consequences of those actions.
It’s funny to think that in a world full of weight loss apps, books on dieting, and advanced diet plans, something as seemingly tiny as a change of thought can make such a huge difference. Then again, we are what we think (not what we eat).
How To Have The Right Weight Loss Mindset
Ayurveda teaches that for a healthy body we need a healthy mind. And now science has proven it.
Here are 3 ways to get the perfect mindset for weight loss.
1. Recognise the power of your own mind
Eliza Kingsford, author of Brain Powered Weight Loss [AMAZON], says, “Losing weight and successfully maintaining it over the long term is not as much about what you put in your stomach; it’s more about what’s happening in the brain.”
The key to developing the right weight loss mindset is awakening to the power of your own mind.
In my book, Journey To The Buddha Within You, I reveal how meditation can awaken us to the dormant power of our own minds. Take a look at that link. And recognise your true inner power.
2. Use Mantras And Affirmations For Weight Loss
Mantras and affirmations are similar things. They are both words or phrases that we recite in order to create positive changes in the mind or body.
Mantras are more spiritual than affirmations and are backed by science.
When we meditate on a mantra, such as “Om”, we create changes in both the mind and body. We change our inner frequency. And this can help with weight loss.
My guide to weight loss affirmations and mantras covers this in detail.
3. Eat mindfully, being grateful for every bite
When we are grateful for the food we eat, we are more likely to savor it. We are more likely to eat slowly. And we all know how important eating slowly is to weight loss.
When eating, be mindful of the connection between nature, food, and your own bodies.
The more we are aware and grateful for the inner connectedness of all things, and how food represents both the natural world and our own spiritual and physical being, the more mindfully we will eat.
Stop before biting.
Be mindful of where food comes from, what it represents (mother nature), how it becomes a living part of us, and how sacred food is. This will naturally produce a healthy relationship with food.
4. Start with smaller goals
Naturally we all want the absolute perfect body, lean, healthy and sexy. But if you’re heavily overweight, that goal can seem miles away, almost impossible to attain. That is not going to motivate you.
Because of the way dopamine works in the brain, small goals serve as markers that propel us towards overall success. When we focus on little steps that we actually can achieve in the short-term, we create a winning streak that helps to motivate us to keep going.
So make your goals smaller and more attainable.
5. Realise that weight loss motivation will peak and trough
From scientific research we know that motivation will fluctuate throughout the day. In fact, weight loss motivation fluctuates wildly even in short time periods.
A study published in the journal Learning & Instruction shows that our motivation levels fluctuate from high to low in as little as 90 minutes.
Researchers at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany took 155 student teachers and recorded their motivation levels within a 90 minutes period. The researchers discovered that motivation fluctuates wildly in just 90 minutes. Within that time frame every participant in the study experienced extreme highs and extreme lows in motivation.
Let’s apply this to the weight loss mindset.
We know that we will have moment of very high weight loss motivation, and moments where we have no motivation to lose weight. Logically, we need to make the most of periods of high-motivation while reducing the impact of moments of low motivation.
To do this:
- Prepare food during times of high motivation
- Leave healthy snacks out for moments of low motivation
- Exercise when you feel the impulse to (do not wait)
The inner mind is the true seat of power. With the right mindset, weight loss becomes easy.
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Paul Martin Harrison
Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.