Weight Loss Tips for the Couch Potato...Don't get up, I'll explain
==== ====NOTICE: You should check out the diet that compliments the exercise! Click on the link.www.bodyfatlosstoday.com==== ====Weight loss for Couch Potatoes: Dont Get up, Ill Explain...You have some weight to lose and you know it! Most of us think we already know why we are fat.Maybe you think its because you just dont have enough time and motivation to exercise. Maybeits because you love food and dont quite have enough willpower to cut back sufficiently. Butsurprisingly there is probably more to your weight struggles than you think!The real reason you may be over weight is because you have the mind of a well-trained athlete.Dont laugh quite yet. Have you ever noticed how quickly athletes gain weight when they retirefrom competition? Its crazy! Whats exciting it if you understand how the subconscious works youcan learn to control your weight without extreme diets or an exercise schedule you cant maintainlong term.Weight Loss and your MindBefore I continue, I want to clarify that the immediate cause of weight-gain is what you eat andhow you live. However, controlling what you eat and how you live is elusively difficult.Most of us pride ourselves in being rational adults, in control of our choices. But in truth, we rarelyever do anything that brings us discomfort in the short run. You think otherwise? Go take astraight-cold shower and think about if you would voluntarily do it again anytime soon. It wont hurtyou, but it will make your body angry. And the fact of the matter is that we are usually slaves toresponse patterns established by our bodies.Controlling Your Mind: The Key to Controlling your BodyTraining your body is all about training your mind. Im referring to your sub-conscious mind, wheredeep emotions, established patterns, habit and instant responses live. You are a trinity of sorts, 1)a lazy body, 2) a clever and fickle conscious mind and 3) a lumbering but steady subconsciousthat does most of the work.You probably know already that the subconscious mind provides emotional responses to reinforcegood behavior, but what you might not know is that the subconscious is also responsible for allathletic ability. Even the simple stuff like walking is a constant interaction of conscious commandsand unconscious responses. For example, when you learn to shoot a basketball, what you areactually doing is using the conscious mind to burn a pattern into a subconscious skill-set. Whenyouve truly mastered a move, you no longer have to think about it. If youre still thinking about themechanics of a dance step -- its a sign that you have not learned it yet. Meaning yoursubconscious cannot yet take over. Once you have learned the skill, your conscious mind onlyneeds to call out the command and the subconscious does the action.
To better understand your psychology, imagine a chimp riding on the back of an elephant. Thesubconscious mind is like a slow strong elephant while your conscious mind is like the clever fastchimp.Chimp (conscious mind)FastCleverCreativeForgetfulThinks hes in controlElephant (subconscious)SlowNot creativeSlow learner with a vast memoryUsually in controlThe Willpower MythThis little metaphor also allows me to point out the problem with the whole "willpower" concept; theconscious mind overwhelming the subconscious with a show of brute force. Imagine the chimpwrestling the elephant. What "brute force" is the chimp planning to use? The elephant is just goingto sit on him and the game is over. Unfortunately that is exactly where many diet ends when drivenby willpower alone. The subconscious is a powerful part of your mind; you can control it throughpersuasion but not with brute force.The Elephant, the Stick and the StringIn Indonesia, elephants are used in construction work because they are so powerful and obedient.All day long the elephant moves hundreds of tons of stone and wood and at night he taken to hisbed and tied up. Do you know the rope size required to hold the elephant? Just a little string tied toa stick driven into the ground.You see, when the elephant was very young, he was tied with the same stick and string and wastoo little to pull free. For the rest of his life, he remembers this and never questions the superiorstrength of the little stick and string. Think about it.What are you really capable of? Your limitations are primarily defined by experience and mostlikely do not bear much relation to your actual capabilities. Like the elephant, you may be tetheredby pre-established or childhood ideas. Most of your adult personality is built from assumptions thatmay no longer be true.Heres the good news: youre not just an elephant - youre also part chimp! Your mind has a small,clever, conscious aspect that gives you the ability to reprogram your entire mind. Thats right, yourconscious mind has the ability to completely re-write and take control of your entire mental reality.
This ability defines humans; it allows us to train our minds to do amazing things. From playingconcert piano to extreme sports, the vast power of the mind is tapped by this uniquely humancapability.Ok, so what does all this have to do with weight loss?Remember that the elephant learns and repeats patterns of behavior that are taught to it, so thereal question is "how do I teach my subconscious?Our subconscious mind ignores most of what we tell it because we bark at it in the wronglanguage. The language of the subconscious mind is EMOTION. Using the barometer of ouremotion, the subconscious mind is able to determine the importance of any particular behavior.When youre working hard to learn a new skill, but you are not enjoying the task and youremotions are saying "this sucks. How much longer is this going to take?" its going to take a lotlonger to learn the skill because youre broadcasting to your subconscious mind to "ignore thisactivity, just move along, theres nothing to see here."It may not always feel like it, but youre in full control of your conscious emotions; it is thefundamental method of programming the subconscious mind. It is, without a doubt, a form ofnatural hypnosis. Whereas traditional hypnosis works by moving aside the conscious mind,emotional programming works by using the conscious mind, but to the same end.This is where it often gets tricky: Remember how I mentioned that we have three parts? Body,conscious and subconscious? Well, as it turns out, your body is busy programming yoursubconscious mind all the time. For example, youre hungry so you bite into a slice of thick cheesypizza, at which point your body screams out (on an emotional level) "this is a good activity". Foodcravings are actually subconscious patterns based on years of such programming.Thankfully, the mind is fully re-programmable.Now that you understand the basic mechanics of programming your mind, you can put it intopractice right away. The trick, in a nutshell, is to replace food cravings with exercise cravings. Thistechnique is fun and very powerful because, rather than working against years of foodprogramming, youre going to simply translate an existing food craving into a desire for exercise.Magic? Its better!Its quite simple: When you begin to feel the initial sense of hunger, do this instead of eating:Breathe in deeply, relax, and feel the hunger - then dont think of food. Instead, imagine yourselfdoing sit-ups (or another exercise you enjoy doing) and absolutely loving it. Visualize yourselfhungry and exercising and let a feeling of joy and satisfaction flood over you. Then return towhatever you were doing.In a few minutes, when the next pang of hunger comes, repeat this mental exercise. Keep it up foran hour or so and then go have a light snack. While you are eating (especially while you areeating) visualize yourself exercising and loving it. Associate in your imagination hunger, exerciseand joy.
Hunger, Sit-ups and Joy - Crazy?Perhaps, but what you are doing is linking a desirable behavior to a very well establishedresponse pattern. You will be amazed at how you can use this technique to stimulate a deep urgeto workout. The mind is truly amazing.After a few days of doing this mental exercise, go ahead and give into the urge to workout. As youexercise, make sure to continue the emotional feedback by "letting" yourself enjoy exercise. If youfeel yourself not enjoying the process, take control of your emotions right away or stop exercising.Its not worth sabotaging your work to burn a few extra calories.Dont push your body, push your mind! Your mind is the only gymnasium that really matters.Eventually, your mind will push your body and you will be able to enjoy the process.I remember several years ago when I first experimented with this technique. As I started cravingsit-ups, I realized that doing sit-ups would physically relieve any sense of hunger for an hour or so.I thought I had stumbled upon the strangest diet plan ever, the "silly, happy, sit-up diet". But really,what I had discovered was the ability to consciously channel deep cravings to accomplish adesired objective.Our mind is amazing but unfortunately doesnt come with a users manual. Most of the time ourminds work pretty well on autopilot, so we rarely need to pop the hood and explore its fullpotential. Its a shame because most of what we want in life - success, happiness, health, goodrelationships, the satisfaction of achievement - are all within our reach and the only thing holdingus back is, you guessed it, a string and a stick.Try this technique out to help establish healthy eating habits and patterns. You will be pleasantlysurprised about how quickly you will lose your excess weight.==== ====NOTICE: You should check out the diet that compliments the exercise! Click on the link.www.bodyfatlosstoday.com==== ====