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Article written for Hypnosis Review Quarterly by Jessica Stilling. Jessica is a guest blogger for Hypnosis Review Quarterly and My Dog Ate My Blog and a writer for the Guide to Online Schools.
We’ve all seen those fad diets on infomercials at 2 a.m. The reason there are so many fads– fads that change yearly, if not monthly–is largely because none of them work; not in the long term. Sure, that shake diet will help you shed ten pounds for a few months, until you start eating real food again. Once you stop adhering to a fad, the fad stops working: It’s common sense. Once you end a diet, you stop losing and possibly gain weight, which is why dieting is not the answer.
The only way to lose weight and maintain that weight loss is to actively change your lifestyle, This is accomplished by creating a mind and body connection, by changing your philosophy on life so that the focus is not on looking great in that bathing suit, but on finding a newer, better, healthier, and more mindful you. Here are five mantras that, when adhered to, will help you create that mind-body connection needed to maintain healthy weight loss.
#1. I want to take care of my body. This is not about that bathing suit, it’s about taking care of yourself. Your body is the vessel you come in, does it not deserve care? Fat is harmful to the body, and it’s harmful to certain organs and muscles, so it should be kept at a minimum.
#2. I already like myself, now I must act that way. You’re not dieting because you want to create a new you, you want to create a better you. You already like yourself, you just need to show it a little more.
#3. My body deserves to move. What about exercise? You don’t need to work yourself so hard that you feel like you’re going to drop, but human beings were not made to be stationary; we were given legs and muscles for a reason. Go out and use them.
#4. I will not let setbacks hinder me. It happens to everyone. You’ve been doing well, but you suddenly get a craving for chocolate cake and give in. That’s okay. It’s going to happen, you’re not going to spend the rest of your life avoiding chocolate cake. The key is to recognize the setback and move on. Maybe make up for it the next day with an extra set of weights.
#5. I am not just in it for my body (image) but for my own sense of self-worth. Looking good is not going to make you happy, ask any supermodel with a drug addiction. This is about creating a mind-body connection that creates a better, more spiritually centered you.