Sparking Weight Reduction May be as Simple as Visualization

 

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Sparking Weight Loss Could be as Simple as Visualization. by Lauren Krouse. May 10, 2019. No Comments.

Staying focused is essential for any weight-loss journey. You might be working on creating healthy habits like eating more high-quality protein and sipping water throughout the day, but progress can stall if your motivation wanders. Visualization is a powerful tool. Athletes use it. Business executives use it.

Musicians use it. And if you’re trying to lose weight, you might want to too. In case you don’t know, visualization is simply the act of rehearsing something in your mind. Visualizing is a powerful tool, it gives us a clear goal and a clear mindset as to what we want, but when it comes to weight loss and those impossible expectations we have for our bodies to look a certain way, it’s worse than a dead end.

There may only be a tiny drip, but the glass is still collecting water and benefits of running can still be seen. This has been a drastic over-simplification but science has shown multiple times that visualization does work to improve weight loss. Instead, you need permanent weight loss and one way to achieve just that is using visualization for weight loss.

Until approximately 300 years ago, every human society knew that we are not a body and a mind, but are indeed a “mindbody” or “bodymind”. This means that we can transform our bodies with our minds. During weight loss visualization you picture yourself in your skinny jeans, or eating healthy, losing weight, loving your exercises and so on. When you continue to focus on these images, ideas or feelings regularly, you are giving them positive energy and eventually they will become a reality. In his new book Visualization for Weight Loss, Jon Gabriel provides simple, easy-to-implement strategies to reduce stress and remove other barriers that create weight loss resistance.

If you’re doing everything correctly yet still can’t lose weight, visualization could provide the crucial missing piece of the puzzle. Highly recommended!”. The Female Body Visualizer Simulator Is A Fun Weight Loss Motivation Tool Designed To Help You Visualize Your Ideal Weight & Monitor Your Progress. The Body Visualizer Game Uses Your Body Type, Height, Current Weight And Goal Weight To Display A Virtual Image Of You At Your Desired Weight.

Most Individuals Initially Are Excited To Lose Weight. Here are some common excuses that stop people from manifesting weight loss: I’m big boned. I have a slow metabolism. Extra weight runs in my family.

I can’t afford the right types of foods to be thin. These are just a few of the many excuses people make in order to “justify” not being able to lose weight. I’d used visualization to solve other problems in my life, such as relieving headaches and quitting smoking, so I decided to try it for weight loss. To my surprise, visualization worked stunningly well. It seemed that as soon as I started practicing visualization for weight loss, a subtle shift happened inside of me.

I just wasn’t as hungry.

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Targets for weight loss should be realistic and encourage the client to persevere with a steady weight loss.

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In understanding the conceptual frameworks that are used around weight loss, I argue the representation of fatness is also drawn sharply into focus.

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By the time I started my daily visualization for weight loss practice, I’d been unsuccessful at every other method of weight loss, and the situation was becoming dire.

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This approach also involves taking the focus off of the scale and pounds lost, and instead focusing your attention on how your body feels eating certain foods and doing certain activities.

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But to manage weight loss, the person would need leading indicators too, not just an outcome-based measure, to help them stay on the right track.

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However, in the approach type of motivation, the client may choose to exercise more, realizing that burning extra calories will result in weight loss.

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Not only that, a person can be losing fat, building muscle, hydrating better, increasing blood volume, drop four sizes, and never lose a pound on the scale, yet it’s the most common measure of progress.

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The decline in the rate of weight loss can be partially explained by the fact that you burn fewer calories while performing the same total amount of work as your body weight decreases.

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A graph of my weight loss is shown in Figure 9.3.

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  • How do you know if your audience is Canadian or American. In all of Canada you would say Hockey. In most of the USA you would say ice hockey.

  • This is a very poor lecture. Its badly put together, she frequently goes off topic.

    She didn’t really explain anything. It was just generalizing about any age group and common sense.

  • I stopped doing things because I have bone spurs that even surgery cannot correct. My joints will not move properly anymore and cause excruciating pain. I cannot walk. I used to do competitive martial arts. I used to dance. I used to walk for an hour every day. Now I can’t walk a flight of stairs or even use a treadmill without pain, so don’t lecture me about moving more. I do the best I can riding a bike and doing yoga whenever I get the chance. But with an old lady’s metabolism, I’d have to do these things for 4-5 hours a day to make a difference since the calorie deficit these activities create don’t make a dent in a bowl of oatmeal. As far as food is concerned, I try to eat healthfully, but menopause changes everything. It’s like the weight gain is inevitable but you’re going to be told you’re doing things all wrong no matter what you do.

  • Very encouraging talk. She seems to really care about the elderly and aging population. I’m inspired at 50. I started eating better and exercising in my late 40’s, and my body forgave me quickly and responded well. I feel better than I did in my 20’s and 30’s. I do wish I’d begun sooner, but onward and upward. I’m feeling more hopeful about the last third (Lord willing) of my time here on earth.

  • You’re making the mistake that many researchers make. You’re hypothesizing “why” women gained back the weight and stopped exercising. You believe what is needed is just a “behavior” change…amazing.

  • Exercise & Keto diet implementación. TNX
    -Exercise/Keto
    -Do not surrender with yrs.
    -No sugar, <20mg Carb, <6hr eating period.
    Good sleep is underrated.

  • How come the camera operator can never get the full power point in the viewfinder?? Why are we looking at the floor half the time?

  • The content was great, but severely limited by not showing the slides Dr. Volpe was showing. The data that shows the impact of the approaches would have been much more useful.

  • I learned some things from this:) thank-you. it’s also really interesting to see you’re competitive in both field and ice hockey. You’re living by your words:)

  • Diet is no problem, but getting up & walking around the block is. I have been around the block a hundred times. I am 78 now, would it make a difference? My laziness exceeds my curiosity.

  • Ok for exercise and it seems that no exercise will get you to get rid of your glasses….unless there is one exercise for that..??

  • Change your environment, soda vinegar, happy stomach, less medicine, exercise at all ages, do not underestimate food and over exercises eating breakfast increases metabolism, eat breakfast otherwise increased cravings which is ok if you don’t give in, increase healthier options, healthier now means healthier older and also weight

  • Was the breakfast thing based on studies or imagination/old wives’ tale? I loose more or gain less fat when I don’t eat breakfast, hypothetically due to the insulin effect or lack of. My BMI 20 at middle age, and I make great food choices through out the day. Understood that I’m sample of 1, so if there are studies, can someone post the links?

  • It became clear early in Dr. Staci’s talk that she didn’t have a good grasp on the concept of biological plasticity when she tried to explain the concept by comparing the brain to plastic, which resists expansion, contaction, and change. It wasn’t until 12:55 when she gave the slightest hint that she might understand plasticity. Her basketball analogy was simply wrong because those who practice develop muscle memory and improve with time, whereas those who fail to practice and simply wish to succeed develop frustration when their lack of effort impedes their progress. Her chiropractic credentials have not prepared her with enough detail to speak as a technical expert on this subject, despite her enthusiasm and belief she can. It takes a lot more than believing you’re an expert to be an expert, just like it takes more than belief you can climb a mountain to actually climb the mountain.

  • I hate to say it, but I learned nothing new from this Talk.:/ Also, I realize this is somewhat outdated now, but there’s a lot of great science on fasting now.

  • Let’s see now. Go outside and breathe chemicals. Come back home and eat more chemicals. That’s a great solution for getting older.

  • So basically she conducted a study. The study failed. So she waffkes on about theories that are biased to her ideology with no scientific back up! Well done! What a waste of time that was.