Mind Body Medicine for Obesity
Mind-body techniques offer a powerful set of strategies to lose weight easily, and for good. "As a man thinketh, so is he." It has been proven over and over again that what you are imagining right now will be what your life gives you in the future. Very often our mental image is in conflict with what we want to accomplish. We fill our mind with doubts and negative thinking. This does not help us in accomplishing our goal of a healthy, fit body. When you mentally prepare yourself to lose weight, your body responds to this subconscious coaching by learning that it wants to be thin. Fattening foods become less enticing, you begin to crave healthy foods and to desire to move around more, enabling you to reach the weight loss goals you've been yearning for for so long.
There are several mind-body techniques such as imagery and visualization that are very effective in your weight-loss journey. Hypnotherapy, guided imagery, and yoga may help with weight loss by altering the way you relate to food.
We become what we think or say. Picture yourself looking thin and wearing a sleek black cocktail dress can make that dream come true with proper actions.
The mind-body connection centers in the hypothalamus, the section of your brain that regulates the autonomic nervous system, which controls automatic processes such as breathing. The hypothalamus regulates two branches of the autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic, which responds to stress and gets the heart pumping, and the parasympathetic, which calms the body's responses. These parts of the brain are set up so they'll respond to our thinking and feelings. So if your brain regulates your body and your thoughts regulate your brain, it only makes sense that you can affect many of your physical responses.
Here are descriptions and applications of specific mind-body interventions for weight control:
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