Affirmations and visualizations are techniques that can be used to achieve practically anything in life and weight loss is no exception. If it is so, why, then, a number of people insist that affirmations do not work?
In order for things to work they need to be done correctly. Some people believe that just by finding information here and there they can master a particular subject. More often than not, a mastery of the subject is required in order to achieve success.
A good example of affirmations at work is the mediocre life that people create for themselves due to their negative thinking. Negative thinking plays a role of everyday affirmations.
When you think negatively, when keep repeating “I am overweight, I hate the way I look, I'll never lose weight, this just does not work”, etc – this is what you get in life. It's like catch-22. The only way you can take control over your life is to change your negative affirmations into positive ones.
Mind you, it's not easy to do. Negative thinking is a habit and breaking a habit requires a conscious, continuous effort.
How to use affirmations and visualizations for weight loss success?
Rule # 1. Never use negative phrases. Affirmations are geared towards the subconscious mind and subconscious mind does not identify negatives. For example, if you say “I am not overweight anymore”, subconscious mind concentrates on the “overweight” part and makes sure you remain overweight since it perceives that as something you want.
Rule # 2. Use your affirmations in present tense only. Do not say “I'll lose weight with this program”, instead affirm “I weigh 120 pounds, right now” (if 120 pounds is your ideal weight).
Rule # 3. Be persistent. Never give up. Whatever you have in your life right now is due to years of negative thinking. It will take some time before you start seeing positive things in your life though sometimes it might surprise you how quickly things can change.