If losing weight is on your New Year’s resolution list (yet again) it’s time to try something outside the low-calorie-count box. Instead of changing the way you eat and exercise, we hereby challenge you to think yourself thin instead. And by the way: This kind of mental willpower appears in our addictive new original show Altar'd, premiering January 17 at 8PM. Check out more about the new show here.
Thinking yourself thin is not a magic trick. Here are a three real, actionable methods you can use to lose weight by sheer mind power alone:
1. Practice Mindful Eating
It's not just what you eat that can make a difference when trying to lose weight, but also how you eat it. Practicing mindfulness is all about being aware of your surroundings and living in the moment. Mindful eating requires you to engage more thoughtfully with your meal. As you take time to be fully aware of what you’re eating, you will not only appreciate food more and build a positive association with it, but you will also eat much more slowly. Taking time between bites gives your body more time to digest, which helps you feel full faster and eat less.
Here are a three simple steps you can take to start practicing mindful eating:
1. Rather than eating quickly or on the go, take the time to sit down and savor a meal at least once a day.
2. Make yourself aware of how your food tastes and think about the ingredients and flavors as you eat.
3. The food is not the only thing you can focus your mind on. Make yourself aware of sights and smells around you as well, and take time to observe your surroundings between bites.
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2. Visualize Yourself Thin
Visualization can be a powerful tool for accomplishing your New Year’s goals. It might sound hokey that simply imagining something can make it a reality, but it can really work. Olympic athletes, for example, have been using this mental technique for years. Visualize the thinner, more fit version of yourself on a regular basis and you just might see it happen in reality.
If you need a little assistance picturing your goals in your head, it can help to add an external visual aid. Put together a vision board with pictures and words that represent the goals you’re trying to attain and keep it somewhere prominent where you’ll see it every day as a reminder.
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3. Write Down How Much Food You Actually Eat (And Be Honest!)
You may not realize just how much food you actually eat in a day. Keeping a food journal can help you keep track and give you time to reflect more on your eating habits and choices. At the end of the day or the week, read over everything you’ve written down to keep yourself accountable for your weight loss goals.
Rather than simply listing out foods and keeping track of calories, try writing down details about your mood and what you’re doing and feeling throughout the day as well. As you look over your entries, see if there’s any correlation between your activities and emotions and what you’re eating. Besides being more aware of what you’re eating, you might be able to discover certain triggers that affect your eating habits.
It might seem too easy to actually work, but changing your mental state can help you get focused and become more aware of the factors that affect how you eat and exercise, all of which can move you towards external changes as well.
Losing weight is one of the premises of our addictive new show Altar'd, premiering January 17 at 8 PM. Couples are challenged to shape up 90 days before their wedding day — with the added twist of doing it completely separately, then revealing their transformations when they meet up again at the altar! Check out more about the new show here.