In this episode of Weight Loss for Food-Lovers, Molly talks about one of the most advanced and underused tools in weight loss – visualization. Often a practice of high performance athletes, visualization is a way to go through the motions ahead of time to create the result you want before it happens.
Weight loss is just like anything else. The thoughts that you have are a catalyst for the results you create. It starts with your thinking. You have 100% control over what you think. Your thoughts are either empowering, or disempowering. Practicing visualization in weight loss helps you practice a new pattern of thought which directly leads to new habits and actions.
There are few main ways that this can be useful. The first is imagining yourself at your ideal weight. What does it feel like? How do you think or act differently about yourself and food? The more you practice this, the easier it will be to believe and create.
The second way is picturing yourself at an upcoming event. Sometimes, external circumstances can derail even the best laid plans. That’s why it’s important to anticipate obstacles and decide how to navigate them ahead of time. Powerful questions give good answers. Instead of asking ‘why is this not fun, ‘consider flipping the question to ‘how can I make this more fun’ in order to give yourself agency over your results.
The final way visualization can help with weight loss is when you visualize yourself eating a tempting food without actually eating it. Sometimes, we can be tempted by things that we’re not normally interested in. Visualization gives you the truth about the experience. Is it as good as you imagine? What associations do you have? Your brain was created to store sensory memories. It can recall flavor, smell and texture without a physical encounter.
Visualization works because it creates awareness. There is power knowing that you can change your future just by imagining how you want it to be.
- An introduction to visualization
- When practiced habits become routine
- How visualization can enhance weight loss
o Imagining yourself at your ideal weight
o Picturing yourself at an upcoming event
o Visualizing yourself eating without eating
- The power and understanding of awareness
- Satisfaction through memory
“Your emotions are essentially the fuel for the actions that you take.”
“The reason why you’re stuck in the habit of overeating now or overdrinking is simply because it’s something that you’ve practiced for many years. It’s a practiced pattern of thinking and acting and associations that your brain makes with food.”
“Visualization, essentially, is just the act of imagining yourself ahead of time performing at your best.”
“The truth is you can start taking action today to become that ideal version of yourself.”
“Let me be clear. I don’t want you to imagine anything else changing other than your actions.”
“Instead of asking the question ‘why is this never fun,’ which only yields more evidence that it’s not fun, consider flipping the question to ‘how can I make this more fun’ because that’s so much more empowering. It gives you agency over your actions and over your results.”
“Visualization is a way to bring awareness to your brain about what the experience actually is of eating.”
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