Losing weight is as much of a mental battle as it is a physical challenge. Lack of belief or lack of motivation can often be what stops people from being successful with dieting. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a technique of re-framing negative thought patterns and programming the subconscious mind to empower you to take positive actions.
To successfully apply NLP for weight loss, you firstly need to identify the negative thought patterns you have that are preventing your weight loss quest from being successful. Perhaps you have thoughts like “I’ve always been fat, therefore I always will be”, or “losing weight is hard”.
When you have identified the negative thought patterns that are holding you back, you can use NLP to reprogramme them. If you have been thinking in this way for a long time, your beliefs will have become ingrained in your subconscious mind. If this happens, your subconscious will ensure that the way you act is in alignment with these negative beliefs.
When you re-train the subconscious to believe that you are losing weight successfully, it will do everything it can to make sure your actions reflect this.
Here is a brief summary of the benefits of using NLP for weight loss:
- Re-trains your subconscious and changes your beliefs about food and exercise
- Changes the way you think about yourself
- Identifies and eliminates the fears that are holding you back
- Can help you change your habits and eliminate problem foods from your diet
- Triggers long-term lifestyle changes rather than a short-term fix
NLP for weight loss can be used to help you control your food intake. Many people have unhelpful unconscious thought patterns that cause them to eat irresponsibly.
Without knowing, many people associate eating fatty foods with pleasure, or as a way to escape stress. Being as these thought patterns operate almost on auto-pilot, many people do not stop to think about whether eating what they are about to eat is really a good idea.
NLP can change these associations so that the thought of eating unhealthy foods would fill you with negative feelings, while the thought of eating healthy foods would make you feel good.
Here is an example of an NLP technique that can change the associations you have with unhealthy food:
Firstly, visualize in your mind some of your favourite fatty snacks. Picture the image clearly in your mind. Next, relate this food to a disgusting image. Add a horrible image into your visualization such as you vomiting. To make the image worse, add a horrible smell and and a terrible taste to your visualization.
Visualize and imagine the nasty image, and the terrible taste and smell as intensely as you can. Do this a few times. Really experience how sick the image makes you feel.
After doing this a few times you will start to notice how that food is no longer attractive to you, and the thought of eating it makes you feel disgusted. This will compel you to avoid this food.
NLP is an indefensible tool to anybody who is trying to lose weight. Use it effectively and you can train yourself to exercise and eat healthily with ease.