Weight Loss For Couch Potatoes Dont Get Up I Ll Explain

*** You're fat and you know it! Now I'm going to​ tell you something you don't already know.

You think you already know why you're fat but you don't. You think it's because you just don't have enough time and motivation to​ exercise. You think it's because you love food and don't quite have enough willpower to​ cut back sufficiently. You don't have a​ clue!

The real reason you're gaining weight is​ going to​ shock you: it's because you have the​ mind of​ a​ well-trained athlete. Don't laugh quite yet. Have you ever noticed how fast athletes gain weight when they retire from competition? It's freakish. the​ same reason that athletes are good at​ sports later causes them to​ bloat -- they have especially "trainable" subconscious minds. if​ you understand the​ mechanism then you can learn to​ control your weight without diet,​ suffering or​ an​ inhuman exercise schedule.

*** Weight Loss and your Athletic Mind

Before I continue,​ I should say that it​ is​ true: the​ immediate cause of​ weight-gain is​ what you eat and how you live. I'm not preaching any pseudo-science here. However,​ controlling what you eat and how you live is​ elusively difficult and I will show you why. if​ you think you can change your behavior pattern with sheer willpower -- then you just haven't really tried yet.

Sure,​ you and I pride ourselves in​ being rational adults,​ in​ control of​ our choices and our destiny. But that's just a​ load of​ crap. in​ truth,​ we​ rarely ever do anything that brings us discomfort in​ the​ short run. You think otherwise? Go take a​ straight-cold shower just to​ prove who is​ in​ control. Go without solid food for two days. it​ won't hurt you,​ but it​ will make your body angry. And the​ fact of​ the​ matter is​ that we​ are usually slaves to​ response patterns established by our bodies. Sorry but it's true.

*** the​ Key to​ Controlling your Body is​ to​ Control Your Mind

Training your body is​ all about training your mind. We're not talking calculus here,​ we're talking about your sub-conscious mind -- where deep 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 subconscious that does most of​ the​ work around here.

You probably know already that the​ subconscious mind provides emotional responses to​ reinforce "good" behavior (like eating pizza) -- but what you might not know is​ that the​ subconscious is​ also responsible for all athletic ability. Even the​ simple stuff like walking or​ typing is​ a​ constant interaction of​ conscious commands and unconscious responses. For example,​ when you learn to​ shoot a​ basketball,​ what you are actually doing is​ using the​ conscious mind to​ burn in​ a​ pattern which develops into a​ subconscious skill-set. When you've truly mastered a​ move,​ you "no longer have to​ think about it". if​ you're still thinking about the​ mechanics of​ a​ dance step -- it's a​ sign that you have not "learned it" yet. That is,​ your subconscious cannot yet take over. Once you have "learned" the​ skill,​ your conscious mind need only call out the​ command and the​ subconscious does the​ action.

To better understand your psychology,​ let's liken your mind to​ a​ couple animals: imagine a​ Chimp riding on​ the​ back of​ an​ Elephant. the​ subconscious mind is​ like a​ slow dumb strong elephant while your conscious mind is​ like the​ clever fast chimp.

Chimp (conscious mind)
Thinks he's in​ control

Elephant (subconscious)
Not creative
Slow learner with a​ vast memory
Awesome reflexes (ok so the​ metaphor's not perfect)
Usually in​ control

*** the​ Willpower Myth

The nice thing about this little metaphor is​ that it​ allows me to​ point out the​ absurdity of​ the​ whole concept of​ "willpower" in​ the​ sense of​ the​ conscious mind overwhelming the​ subconscious with a​ show of​ brute force. Seriously,​ just imagine the​ chimp wresting the​ elephant. Where's the​ "brute force" of​ the​ chimp? the​ elephant's just going to​ sit on​ him and the​ game is​ over. That,​ by the​ way,​ is​ exactly where every diet ends when supported by willpower alone. the​ subconscious is​ a​ powerful part of​ your mind. You can control it​ through persuasion but not with brute force.

*** the​ Elephant,​ the​ Stick and the​ String

In Indonesia,​ elephants are used in​ construction work because they are so powerful and yet obedient. All day long the​ elephant moves hundreds of​ tons of​ stone and wood and at​ night he taken to​ his bed of​ straw and tied up. Do you know how big the​ rope is​ required to​ hold an​ elephant? It's just a​ little string tied to​ a​ stick driven into the​ ground.

You see,​ when the​ elephant was very young,​ he was tied with the​ same stick and string -- and he was too little to​ pull free. For the​ rest of​ his life,​ he remembers this and never questions the​ superior strength of​ the​ little stick and string. Think about it.

What are you really capable of? to​ be blunt,​ you have no idea. Your limitations are defined by childhood experience -- and bear no relation to​ your adult capabilities. Like the​ elephant,​ you are emotionally tethered by childhood ideas. Most of​ your adult personality is​ just a​ protective cage built by a​ scared child. What would you give to​ have the​ power to​ redefine yourself?

Now for the​ good news: you're not just an​ elephant,​ you're also part chimp! That could have sounded better but never mind. Your mind has a​ small,​ clever,​ conscious aspect that gives you the​ ability to​ reprogram your entire mind. That's right,​ your conscious mind (the chimp) has the​ ability to​ completely re-write and take control of​ your entire mental reality.

This ability defines humans -- it​ makes us the​ most flexible animals on​ earth and it​ allows us to​ train our minds to​ do amazing things. From playing concert piano to​ extreme sports,​ the​ vast power of​ the​ mind is​ tapped by this uniquely human capability.

*** Ok,​ so what does all this have to​ do with weight loss?

Remember,​ the​ elephant learns and repeats patters of​ behavior that are taught to​ it​ -- so the​ real question is​ "how to​ teach the​ subconscious". Here's the​ simple single trick that people need to​ understand. if​ you understand this simple principle then you can be the​ master of​ your own mind. You will also understand why our educational system doesn't work (but that's another article entirely).

Our subconscious mind ignores most of​ what we​ tell it​ because we​ bark at​ it​ in​ the​ wrong language. the​ language of​ the​ subconscious mind is​ EMOTION. Using the​ barometer of​ our emotion,​ the​ subconscious mind is​ able to​ determine the​ importance of​ any particular behavior. For example,​ say that you're trying to​ learn a​ new skill. You're working hard to​ learn but you are not enjoying the​ task and your emotions are saying "this sucks,​ I wish I were elsewhere,​ how much longer is​ this going to​ take?" Well,​ it's going to​ take a​ lot longer because you're broadcasting to​ your subconscious mind the​ message "ignore this activity,​ just move along,​ there's nothing to​ see here." What was your emotional state,​ and how easily did you learn in​ high school?

It may not feel like it​ but you're in​ full control of​ your conscious emotions. And this is​ the​ fundamental method of​ programming the​ subconscious mind. it​ is,​ without a​ doubt,​ a​ form of​ natural hypnosis. Whereas traditional hypnosis works by moving aside the​ conscious mind,​ emotional programming works by using the​ conscious mind - but to​ the​ same effect.

Now for the​ dark side: remember how I mentioned that have three aspects? Body,​ conscious and subconscious? Well,​ as​ it​ turns out,​ your body is​ busy programming your subconscious mind all the​ time. For example,​ you're hungry so you bite into a​ slice of​ thick cheesy pizza -- at​ which point your body screams out (on an​ emotional level) "this is​ good activity,​ very very good activity". Food cravings 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​ into practice right away. What you are going to​ do is​ to​ replace food cravings with exercise cravings. This technique is​ fun and very powerful because,​ rather than working against years of​ food programming,​ you're going to​ do some mental Ju-Jitsu and simply translate an​ existing food craving into a​ desire for exercise. Magic? It's better!

It's quite simple: first of​ all you're going to​ stop eating for a​ while (non-sugared drinks are ok). This is​ not a​ diet plan,​ we're not yet trying to​ lose weight. We're just trying to​ stimulate a​ hunger response. Now,​ when you begin to​ feel the​ initial sense of​ hunger,​ do this:

Breathe in​ deeply,​ relax,​ and feel the​ hunger -- then don't think of​ food. Instead,​ imagine yourself doing sit-ups and absolutely loving it. That's right,​ visualize yourself hungry and doing sit-ups and let a​ feeling of​ joy and satisfaction flood over you. Then return to​ whatever you were doing.

In a​ few minutes,​ when the​ next pang of​ hunger comes,​ repeat this mental exercise. Keep it​ up for an​ hour or​ so and then go have a​ light snack. While you are eating (especially while you are eating) visualize yourself doing sit-ups and loving it. Associate in​ your imagination hunger,​ food,​ situps and joy.

*** Hunger,​ Food,​ Sit-ups and Joy? He's Crazy

Perhaps,​ but what you are doing is​ linking a​ desirable behavior to​ a​ very well established response pattern. You will be amazed at​ how you can use this technique to​ stimulate a​ deep urge to​ do sit-ups. the​ mind is​ truly amazing.

By the​ way,​ after a​ few days go ahead and give into the​ urge to​ do some sit-ups. as​ you exercise,​ make sure to​ continue the​ emotional feedback by "letting" yourself enjoy exercise. if​ you feel yourself not enjoying the​ process,​ take control of​ your emotions right away or​ stop exercising. It's not worth sabotaging your work to​ burn a​ few extra calories.

Don't 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 craving situps,​ I realized that doing situps 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,​ situp diet". But really,​ what I had discovered was the​ ability to​ consciously sublimate deep cravings to​ accomplish a​ desired objective. if​ you're interested in​ exploring this technique I strongly suggest you download a​ self-hypnosis MP3 audio called "Appetite Zapper". it​ will step you through the​ process of​ taking complete control of​ food cravings:

Appetite Zapper MP3: http://weight-loss.wendi.com

The mind is​ amazing but it​ just doesn't come with a​ user's manual. Most of​ the​ time it​ works pretty well on​ autopilot so we​ rarely learn to​ pop the​ hood and explore its full potential. That's a​ shame because most of​ what we​ want in​ life -- success,​ happiness,​ health,​ good relationships,​ the​ satisfaction of​ achievement -- these things are all within our reach and the​ only thing holding us back is,​ you guessed it,​ a​ string and a​ stick.

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