The Language of Weight Control
I would guess you are familiar with the video recorder and
I am sure you've had to enlist the help of a small child to
help you program it so you can record your favorite soap opera.
Do you remember all the numbers and dates you had to enter
in order to make the program work?
The computer you are reading this on has a program behind
it - this webpage has code behind it that tells the computer
how to display the words in a meaningful format.
Do you know, that just as you can program a VCR or a webpage,
so you can program yourself?
Did you know that you are doing this all the time every single
day and you are probably not aware of it!
And did you know that probably 80-90% of this programming
When you talk to yourself you are programming your sub-conscious
mind. So if you look in the mirror and say, "Wow I look fat"
your sub-conscious mind says, "I'm fat - must make sure it
Your sub-conscious mind is incredibly powerful yet so few
people ever really bother to access its abilities. In fact
most people are happy to let it run riot and cause chaos!
Here's another of my favorites for you. You will, I bet, frequently
say to people "I'm trying to lose weight" … but do you actually
know what it means?
Let's start by looking at the word try as in trying in the
above sentence. You know the dictionary definition of try,
but what does it really mean?
Try means that you will give it a go, put a bit of effort
in to it, but you won't give it your all because you don't
really want to achieve it. And the nice thing for you is that
you can tell everyone you tried afterwards and enjoy their
sympathy when it didn't work.
Try basically means you are HAPPY TO FAIL!
Now let's look at the last two words in that sentence, "lose
What would you do if you lost your car keys? Think about it
… what would you do?
You would find them again, wouldn't you?
Whenever you say lose, it is implicit in the word that you
are going to find it again. So when you say "lose weight"
you are telling your sub-conscious "I want to shed a bit of
weight and then find it again sometime in the future please."
And guess what? Your sub-conscious obliges!
So how do we improve that sentence?
If you had an old sofa you no longer wanted, you wouldn't
try to lose it would you?
What would you do?
You would GET RID OF it, wouldn't you? You don't want to find
your old sofa turning back up on your doorstep in six months
time and asking if you missed it? Or worse still, turning
up with a matching chair and pouf too?
So now let's rephrase our original sentence (I am trying to
lose weight) into something that will program your sub-conscious
"I am getting rid of weight."
Say it to yourself now - how does it feel?
This simple change in language may sound childish and ridiculous,
but do it and notice the difference - just this tiny change
can make a massive difference in your weight loss program.
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