So what does your subconscious mind have to with weight loss? I am constantly asked from clients ‘I know I want to lose weight so why can’t I just do it?’ So many of the ladies I work with get to a certain point and then it all just goes wrong. Consciously we might have a thousand reasons we want to lose weight, and each one perfectly valid, but subconsciously if we have just one benefit of holding on the weight, it will win every single time. We don’t realise when we put on weight, we have a good reason for dong it, whether we are aware of it or not.
The subconscious mind is the driving force behind all of our behaviours and isn’t always forthcoming with its reasons for making us think, feel or behave in a certain way. I have put together 10 reasons your subconscious thoughts you may have but not be yet aware of (and how you can think instead). By understanding these thoughts consciously, you can move past them and learn to behave in a way that is much more suitable for your weight loss goals.
1. You're good, able and attractive enough already. You don't have to lose weight to prove it. If they don't like you the way you are, who needs them?
It's not a question of whether people like you the way you are. It's a question of whether YOU like you the way you are. Are you really happy with that extra weight?
2. The weight would just come back. Once you lose it, there's no way to keep it off, so why make yourself miserable trying? It's hopeless. You don't have any willpower.
Losing weight only seems hopeless when it all comes back. But it should not be a question of continually using your willpower to keep it off. If it's done the right way, it will stay off naturally.
3. There would be no more excuses. If you lost the weight, you would have to confront relationships, success, and all those other things on your "after I lose weight" list. Now you can blame the weight for not having those things. Look, you can blame almost anything on weight. It covers a multitude of sins and who wants to lose a great excuse?
You hide behind your weight too much. You are a person in your own right. There's nothing wrong with success or with good relationships. In fact, they're rather nice. There's a good feeling attached to achievement.
4. You like yourself just the way you are. So why change? You'll just get wrinkles and saggy skin.
When it comes down to it, you DON'T like yourself the way you are. You only say you do to defend yourself. It's what you really feel that's important, and this is the key to success.
5. It won't make any difference anyway. You're wise to the ways of the world. You know being thin doesn't mean being happy. What's the point of losing weight and putting yourself through all that agony if everything else is going to be the same?
The main difference when the weight is gone will be how you feel within yourself. Other things may or may not change, but you will feel so much better, and therefore be able to cope with the other things.
6. Discipline is hard. What a drag! There are enough problems in life without discipline. Besides, you don't think discipline is exactly your strong point. What if you try and fail again?
Yes, when you talk diet you talk discipline. But to talk about losing weight does not mean you have to talk about diet. There are easier ways.
7. Health. Losing and gaining weight again and again can actually cause health problems. Look at Mario Lanza, the famous opera singer - they say that's what killed him. Better to stay as you are than get back on that roller coaster.
If losing weight is done sensibly and in the right way, it will not damage your health, it will improve it. If you go on a diet that is inappropriate for you, THAT will damage your health. It's the wrong way to do it.
8. You can say people reject you for your weight and not for who you are. It's another great excuse. If someone doesn't like you, or leaves you, you can say they're leaving your overweight body and not the real you.
When people reject you, weight has nothing to do with it. You will never be pleasing to everybody, no matter how heavy you are. If someone rejected you because of your weight, it would only show how prejudiced they were. You'd be better off without them.
9. You don't like your body anyway. And you treat it as if you don't like it. Why do something nice for someone you hate? You don't deserve to be thin.
If you don't like your body, it's because of the way it is. If it looked better, you would find things to like about it and would eventually take a pride in it. What's so bad about that?
10. To avoid sex. Sex is something you don't enjoy and would rather do without. Overweight people don't arouse erotic passions in the opposite sex. So there is safety in weight.
It is only the commercial world which says "thin is beautiful". There are just as many people who see the fuller figure as beautiful and sexy. Your weight is certainly not a sexual repellent.
This is only 10 of so many reasons your subconscious could be holding you back. I work with ladies to find out their own subconscious reasons so that they can recognise them, let go of them and move forward to achieve their weight loss goals.
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