How can visualization help us when we want to lose weight

Published on February 4, 2021 by Cori Grămescu

Weight loss seems a boring activity with results and constraints always in your mind but imagination is key in motivation to keep up the effort and I will tell you why.

What is visualization and how you practice it

Visualization (or creative visualization) is a technique that uses imagination to create and visualize scenarios in the mind’s eye. By using visualization techniques, you create a mental picture of something and then focus on this image or scenario for periods of time.

Even if it might sound abstract, visualization has revolutionized self-help books, TED talks, podcasts, business experts. More often, you might have heard athletes and artists talking about visualization before competitions or going on stage as a mean to focus on their success in their endeavor.

Visualization is, however, a practice you can use too in different aspects of your life and in a weight loss process, as well. Doing that can contribute to achieving your goal by helping you imagine the end of the road you’re aiming for. 5 – 10 minutes of visualization a day can improve your life and doing it repeatedly, it can program your subconscious mind by motivating you to do what is right and helpful for your objective.

Let me give you some examples of aspects that you can improve your weight loss journey with the help of visualization:

Clear goal and mindset

Visualization can help you create a successful way of thinking to reach your weight loss objectives and to stick to them no matter the ups and downs on the way. Imagine, in your mind, what is the goal you’re aiming for and how fulfilling it will make you feel. Then, put yourself in the position of seeing the end result in your mind’s eye every day until you’re there. Such practice will ease your weight loss journey, because it keeps you optimistic and positive, even in the hardest of times.

Eating healthier foods for your goal

A weight loss journey brings a lot of new habits and eating new foods might be one of them. Incorporating these new foods in your diet might be difficult at first because you are not used to them, to their taste or the ways to cook them. Visualization can help you accept and use them as often as possible if you imagine the benefits such foods will have for your mind and body. They help you feel good, energetic and looking fit and healthy. Remember: visualization is about thinking about what you want to achieve, not what you want to avoid!

Power through workouts

Workouts can be a new addition for you when you want to lose weight, so if you are a beginner, they can be somewhat difficult at first. Visualization can, however, help you get through them by imagining how good, strong, healthy and fit your body will feel after every workout session. Even if it can be hard to work out when you first start it, it gets easier in time and improvement comes without doubt. Persevere with the help of visualization and results will come!

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