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Affirmations for Weight Control

Affirmations are simple words or phrases that you can repeat to yourself whenever you feel an urge to eat or to skip your daily workout etc.

When you have an urge to eat, take a deep breath. Now focus your thoughts in a positive, pleasant situation. Now say:

I'm losing weight now. I love the feeling of making progress. I want to stay there.

The more positive messages you send to yourself: the more you'll want to do what's needed to slim down. Your affirmations are to be in the present tense to give them a greater sense of power and immediacy. Don't use the future tense, because it creates an inner mind program which says that you are not ready now. The present tense, in contrast, affirms your readiness and willingness to reach your goal now. Keep the affirmation positive with the emphasis on you at your goal now.

Barbara Hoberman Levine, author of "Your Body Believes Every Word You say" talked about one man who read about hypnosis and began to affirm to himself, "I am not hungry." He actually gained weight. Each time he told himself "I am not hungry," he focused his attention inside to see if he was hungry. He thought about hunger so often that he put conscious energy into being hungry. He was more hungry when he used an affirmation denying hunger than when he didn't think about hunger.

"Telling yourself not to do something, you focus attention on the very thing you are avoiding, making it harder to avoid," says Barbara. The mind and imagination must focus on the positive goal.

The wording you use is also very important. You must use statements that your conscious mind can accept. In order for Affirmations to work they must be reasonable, believable and acceptable to the conscious mind, lest the mind dismiss the affirmation as mere wishful thinking. The mind must hear an affirmation and really believe it could be true or become true.

Given below are examples of affirmations you can use. Develop your own affirmations that you can "own." Each day, write or say aloud your affirmations.

I'm on the road to fitness.
I am feeling thinner today.
I'm losing weight now.
I look and feel lighter today.
I'm enjoying how I'm feeling now.
I love the feeling of making progress. 
I love the food that makes me thin. 
Losing weight is effortless.
I am going to fit into the next size smaller any minute.
I enjoy being healthy.
I'm making things easy for myself now. 
My body is getting stronger, slimmer, and healthier every day.
I feel so thin inside, my outer is just about to catch up.

To help with having your own inventory of nourishing words and phrases, write two affirming sentences on index cards, place them on your bathroom mirror or on your refrigerator. Read them first thing every morning and last thing at night as a reward to yourself for sticking with your plan.

Psychologists recommend that every time you  sense yourself giving a negative message, snap your fingers gently. For each snap, make a mark on a piece of paper. At the end of the day, count the marks. If you can remember what you told yourself, write it down, then see if you can come up with a more realistic message.

See Also:

Mind Body Medicine for weight control

Imagery And Visualization for Weight Control

Imagery for Stress management

Guided Imagery Infocenter in Holisticonline.com

Meditation for Weight Control

Self-Talk for Weight Control

Journaling for Weight Control

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) for Weight Control

Hypnotherapy for Weight Control

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