Losing weight v/s getting rid of weight

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” - George Orwell

Losing weight v/s getting rid of weight

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The MindTech Institute Australia 

I’m sure you’ve heard of the “Yo-Yo Diet” before which is first explained by Prof. Kelly D. Brownell at Yale University. The definition of the Yo-Yo Diet is when people try to lose weight and then they regain the same weight back which they worked hard to get rid of. The Yo-Yo Diet is caused by many factors and a major one is psychological rather than physical.

One of the major psychological factors of the Yo-Yo diet is that the subconscious mind takes everything literally and seriously based on its role, and generally because it doesn’t think or analyze (that’s the conscious mind role). Therefore, the subconscious mind only does things as in “by commands”!
Think of it this way, the subconscious mind is like the Aladdin’s lamp or better known as the Genie in the bottle. The genie’s job is only to preform and manifest your commands, not to think of what you command him! So, whether you say I want lots of money or I want to be poor, the genie will grant you your commands without thinking of what your commands are. The same goes with the subconscious mind, it doesn’t think but it only acts.
That’s why you must be careful of what you say to yourself, if you say I’m ugly or fat the subconscious mind will act as “your wish (suggestion) is my command” and you’ll become as you suggested for or onto yourself. So, you better speak highly of yourself to yourself or don’t say anything if you have nothing positive to say to yourself.

Back to the Yo-Yo Diet, when people say I want to lose e.g. 30 pounds of weight; they maybe will and they might also put those pounds back on because the suggestion (command) used was “lose”. What do you do when you lose something?! You look everywhere for it to get it back and put it back where it was. The same thing goes with the subconscious mind, you lost 30 pounds, your subconscious mind will look everywhere for it to make you put it back on because its job to protect you and what belongs to you. You may be thinking “but the subconscious mind should know that extra weight is making me sick”! Well, no! Because its job is not to think and it doesn’t think or calculate, it’s just a memory storing department and a very powerful influence on your being.

The solution is to say “I will get rid of the access or unnecessary weight”. That’s much safer to say and has a SMART Goal plan such as how much weight you want to get rid of. Also, the subconscious mind doesn’t like the word “diet” because it has the word “die” in it! You can use words such as “eating healthier or eating smarter, eating better etc.) Remember, the subconscious mind doesn’t take negative suggestions and the word “die” most likely is negative to the majority of people and that’s a reason why people will drift away from diet every time they say the word “diet” because the subconscious mind will do the opposite of a negative suggestion!

Now you know that you have to start treating yourself better because you know that your subconscious mind is recording everything you’re saying and thinking about yourself and others. Everything will be taken literally and acted upon accordingly. So, think it right, say it right and do it right!




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