Have you ever vowed to lose weight but given up after a week because you’re just not motivated?
We all know that eating less and moving more is essential for weight loss, but actually doing so can be a bit difficult.
And this the reason why weight loss experts are increasingly starting to come around to the belief that human minds are almost an equally crucial part of the weight loss puzzle.
In fact, a new study has suggested that simply imagining your goal of becoming slim could help to boost weight loss by as much as 5 times.
Scientist from the University of Plymouth have been testing the role of “motivational intervention” in promoting weight loss efforts.
They compared a talking therapy popularly known as MI (Motivational Interviewing) with a new kind of weight loss therapy called (FIT) Functional Imagery Training.
In motivational interviewing, you get counselling while on a weight loss program that allows you to talk about what’s motivating you to shed excess fat.
Functional Imagery Training is a coaching method that explains dieters how to fully visualize – in as realistic a way as possible – obtaining their weight loss goal, and what that would allow them to do or experience at their current weight or experience that they don’t already do.
The study published in the International Journal of Obesity, examined 141 people with body mass indexes of at least 25, which comes under the overweight category.
Furthermore, 55 volunteers underwent Motivational Interviewing and 59 had Functional Imagery Training, each participating in two sessions of the therapy assigned to them – one on the phone and one face to face.
The volunteers then received follow-ups every couple of weeks for a period of 3 months, and then once per month for another 3 months.
In the research scientists found that those who received FIT lost five times more weight on average as compared to those who has MI.
And more specifically, with the help of the Functional Imagery Training, dieters lost an average of 4.11kg compared to just 0.74kg in Motivational Interviewing group, and lost 4.3cm more around their waists over 6 months than the MI participants.
Even after the research had completed, FIT dieters reported still losing excess weight. You’ll be shocked to know that they had lost 6.44kg on average after 12 months, while the MI group lost less than they did in the beginning.
Dr Solbrig further added to his statement that it’s really been a fantastic experience that people are losing significantly more weight on this intervention, as, unlike most studies, it provided no physical activity and no diet advice or education.
People are completely free to take their decisions, make choices and supported in what they wanted to do, not what a regimen prescribed.
Although both weight loss techniques foster a positive mindset, however FIT is much more effective because it’s more multi-sensory.
Experts believe that by getting people to visualize everything about their improved experience following weight loss – including how things might smell, look, taste, and feel, they’re better able to make it a reality.
And that the FIT is thought to be particularly effective with people who find it really difficult to keep up their motivation for losing weight.
It’s worth saying that the study focuses on professional therapists to deal out with this treatment, so you might have to find the therapist who is well qualified in it, if you really want to reap the benefits.
But you could start by adopting a couple of simple habits to add to your existing weight loss plan. (You definitely need to be prepared to do better exercise and eat better for this technique to work!)
Spend at least 20 minutes thinking about how losing weight would improve your life.
Take a notepad and write down what clothes you’d like to fit into, how you’d like to look and how being able to jog without struggling would feel, how the environment would smell if you went on a confident beach body, what it feels you with being healthy.
To evaluate where you’re at, crave out a window of time once a week and think about the goals you’ve set in place. Re-imagine how you want to feel.
Set an alarm clock on your phone to remind you of that habit.
Tap into each sense, one after the other.
How does being fitter feel? How does healthy food taste? How do properly fitting clothes look?
These methods will probably take some time to get into the swing of things, but YES! It’s got to be worth a try.
Many people are unaware of the fact that they actually burn calories when they’re thinking and that the most energy they consume.
So it does make sense that if you couple your fat-loss program with some visualization and deep positive thinking, you’ll be set for some real fat-burning potential.