By WLR Staff, Helen Griffiths
A professional counselling course taught me that the root of our actions, who we are as a person and how we flourish, stems directly from the mind: what we believe and how we feel. We all know the way to lose weight is to follow a calorie-controlled diet and to participate in regular exercise, this is relatively simple but the hard part is getting your mind focused to do this.
I asked Psychologist David Moxon his views on whether the key to successful weight-loss is all in the mind: “The mind can certainly influence behaviours, which can lead to healthy eating. The mind can give you the stamina and motivation to eat right and to exercise. These days it is far too easy for us to blame other areas in our life for not being able to eat right and to exercise. A lot of it is down to the initial perception of one’s self.
If someone feels that to get their ideal body image it is going to be a huge struggle, it will be far easier for them to give up. The secret is to give yourself short- term goals as this will seem a lot less of a struggle and then alter your goals accordingly until you eventually reach a happy and healthy weight for you.”
Top Tips for Thinking Slim
- Think like a winner! Affirmations can prove
to be extremely powerful and effective. In ‘Forget
the Fear of Food’ weight loss expert Dr Christine Fenn
recommends you affirm ‘I am
feeling fit and healthy’ then imagine yourself exactly like
that, regularly throughout the day. Visualise the clothes
you are wearing and how good you look in them. Notice how
healthy your hair is, the glow of your skin, and the sparkle
in your eyes. Feel the health and the strength in your body
and notice how you stand tall and confident in the body of
the new you.
- Set yourself short-term goals. Due to our human survival
instinct we seek pleasure and avoid pain. If we associate
more pain with dieting than pleasure we will instinctually
fail miserably. When we set ourselves short-term goals and
then we reach them, we get high (not through illegal
substances), a natural high. Our body recognises this as
pleasure and from this we see everything more clearly and
- Read the success stories on the homepage for motivation
and inspiration. This gives us the ‘feel good’ factor that
yes; we can do it too.
- Think about what you eat and why you’re eating it. Is it
because you're really hungry for food, or are you fulfilling
an emotional need?
- Learn to love and appreciate yourself.
- Understand why you’re hungry. There’s a fantastic
feature in ‘News and Features’ called ‘How to avoid eating
when you’re not really hungry’ written by Nutritionist Fiona
Hunter. This gives you all the tricks of the trade to eat
like we naturally should.
- Last of all good luck and remember the key to happiness is having dreams… the key to success is making dreams come true.
Weight Loss Resources has a great set of tools to help you slim. You can keep food and exercise diaries, and find out how to achieve the calorie balance that is going to get you to your ideal weight and keep you there. You can access it free for 24 hours.
Forget the Fear of Food (Dr. Christine Fenn) £6.99 from weightlossresources.co.uk/shop - Dr.Christine Fenn gives you the knowledge to ‘think slim’ and takes you step by step through the process of changing your mind about food.