It has taken me years of research and experience to make this statement. But now more than ever I am 100% sure it is true.
How many times have you blamed your willpower for breaking a diet or messing up your exercise routine?
Do you find yourself assuming that thin people just have superior willpower?
Here is the absolute truth. Your willpower is not responsible for your weight. You are. But this is not a curse, it's an opportunity!
And the sooner you believe that the sooner you will be able to reach your ideal body weight. I swear! Don't believe me?
I can prove it to you!
The mind-model theory created by hypnotherapists identified that the conscious part of our mind (the part where willpower lives) is only 12% of our brain.
That's right - 88% of your mind is made up of your subconscious beliefs and feelings about food, eating, exercise, and your own body. Moreover, the subconscious part of your brain is the part that is fighting to keep things the same. This 88% wants you to stay in the negative habits and cycles of yo-yo dieting that have failed you in the past.
If you have ever reached for food when you are sad or made a habit of pizza every night you work late, you are allowing the subconscious mind to overpower the little tiny 12% that is trying to help you lose weight with willpower alone.
Furthermore, willpower wanes throughout the day. Every time you make a stressful decision at work, choose what to eat for breakfast, or choose whether or not to workout, you are spending the limited resources your willpower has to offer.
And it's not just you! This is true of skinny people, overweight people, men, women, successful tech millionaires and your grandmother. In affects everyone.
So, why is it that some people seem to have no trouble losing or maintaining their weight?
Short answer, it's a combination of things including your belief system, habits, and your emotions.
Learning about how to use your subconscious as a support system rather than a saboteur can be a challenge, but it's worth it. If you have the ability to rewire your subconscious brain, you are more likely to think and act in a way that is in line with what your conscious self also wants (a healthier you at a comfortable weight).
It all starts with establishing the belief that you are in fact in control. You are not a slave to your lack of willpower or your love of cookies. You are in control. Say it again. You are in control.
This is the first step on the journey of getting to know your subconscious patterns and learning to change your thinking when it comes to weight loss and maintenance. You have to believe that you can do it and build the skills to reprogram those habits that have steered you wrong in the past.
It can be done! But not by willing yourself harder or being more restrictive on your diet or exercise plan. It's mental and emotional and it goes deeper than your ability to say no to a plate of nachos.
If you want to learn more about how to explore the subconscious weight loss approach, I can help! I use different techniques like cognitive restructuring and visualization to help clients break through their struggle with weight loss.
These strategies also work beyond weight loss. They can help you achieve your peak performance as an athlete or just to adopt a healthier lifestyle that gives you energy.
Interested? Contact me and let's get started!