Many experts now recommend that dieters visualize where they want to be so that they can achieve their weight loss goals more quickly. That could mean fitting into your jeans from when you were 20, or just being a healthy person for the first time in your life.
Visualization techniques help people achieve their goals by bringing them one step closer to reality. If done correctly, you begin to live life as if you have already reached your healthy weight, which reinforces good habits.
Picturing yourself healthy is a good way to encourage you to stick it out and adhere to your diet and exercise plan. You have something to look forward to and you know what it will feel like once you get there.
Visualization is more than a static image. True visualization techniques use all of the senses. You can close your eyes and imagine what it would feel like to lose 100 pounds, not just how great your backside will look in a new pair of tight-fitting jeans.
It is also a technique that does not require any special skill, money, or time – you can do it anywhere and no one will ever know that you are secretly visualizing your weight loss success.
You want to start by fully imagining how your future self will be once the weight is off and you are at your goal size. Picture yourself sitting down to a healthy meal at a nice restaurant and envision the smells, tastes, and sounds around you. What are you wearing? Maybe your skinny clothes or that outfit you have been wanting. How do you look? Probably the best you have looked in years, or maybe ever. How do you feel? I am willing to bet you have never felt better.
What feelings would you have at that very moment? Surely a sense of satisfaction, one that will carry into the present and help you work harder to make that image come to fruition. Do not picture yourself sitting at a table as if you are a nearby diner. Instead, visualize the scene from inside your own body – the new you that worked so hard to lose weight and get fit.
As you implement visualization techniques to your daily diet plans, you can also reaffirm your goals as you do it by focusing on positive affirmations. The process of visualization can be addictive in itself because it brings about a sense of self-confidence and excitement about the future that is in store for you.
This is a great quote to keep in mind when you are visualizing your way to a healthy new weight: “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward
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