Are you trying the umpteenth diet, determined to make it work this time? Are you following the latest diet trends, hoping that one of them will work perfectly for you? Do you always find yourself in the same position after a few weeks though because you cannot seem to push through?
Then this article is for you.
Losing weight is one of those topics, which people can get uncomfortable talking about. Given the best-case scenario that our bodies and souls are closely connected to another, every chat about surplus pounds can feel rather personal. That explains why there is a certain discomfort related to the topic of diets. Let’s try to make it somewhat easier by taking a few steps back:
In general, healthy nutrition is high on the list of much debated topics in our society. It is no longer difficult to find out what we should and should not consume as well as the alternatives there are. In addition, there are gyms popping up on every corner of a city and there are millions of possible fitness apps, which enable you to even exercise at home if you prefer that.
So why do we get to the point of giving up a diet, breaking our resolutions or postpone starting the diet over and over again? What are the reasons that diets feel like a real struggle to some of us?
Obviously, reasons can be manifold and answers to the above questions may not be generalized. There is, however, a common factor that we are all familiar with, which makes it difficult to cope with failed attempts of weight loss: it´s our weaker self. When admitting that our trials of losing a few pounds were not successful because of giving in to our cravings or irregular sportsmanship we often feel ashamed because it feels like losing to ourselves.
Mostly, the biggest obstacle is our own self. When this is taken care of and the right attitude towards weight loss is in place, results quickly become visible. Neuro-linguistic programming can be a way to work on our attitudes towards losing weight. Most importantly, it teaches us ways to work on the correlation between our bodies and our minds. This happens by dissolving old thought patterns.
Let me give you an example: Imagine you have told yourself to be in need of chocolate when experiencing stress over years and years. Your normal way to deal with an emotionally or physically stressful situation is to take that Lindt chocolate out of your fridge, which you are sure, is going to improve your situation. So over the years your brain learned: stress is solved with chocolate (let´s not discuss the effect sugar has on our bodies at that point). As a result, when you forbid yourself to eat some of that Lindt chocolate due to a diet you are following, your stress level will probably raise. It is very important to replace the chocolate by something else, so that it does not feel like a loss to you. Funnily enough, this can be anything. All that counts is that you brake the old thought pattern of “I need chocolate in moments of stress” and replace it with “I need to walk the dogs in moments of stress” for instance.
Once those thought patterns are disrupted, it can lead to automatically changing your behavior. That does not sound too hard, does it? However, without any professional help it can be difficult to change your thought patterns. Neuro-linguistic programming can help you work on your beliefs and with it your own self-perception. Inevitably, your eating habits will change. This time you will be in it for the long run.
Florine Allrath, content marketer at InKonstellation