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How to use NLP to lose weight

Updated on June 19, 2013

Have you ever started an exercise program, all excitement, and then sabotaged yourself? Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is all about effective training or reprogramming the brain so that we can overcome existing fears and create new behavioral choices that will help us to lose weight.

NLP is the study of human excellence and how to reproduce that in our lives. It's a perfect fit for someone that wants to lose weight.

NLP was founded by Dr.John Grinder, an associate professor of linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Richard Bandler, who was a psychology student.

It's methods are so successful that many of its models have been incorporated into sports performance coaching, management training, psychotherapy, education and personal development.

NLP and losing weight

Have you ever lost your enthusiasm for exercising? You know you need to exercise to lose weight but nothing happens. Sometimes its not enough to work out the body alone. NLP would suggest it's pointless working on the body unless the mind is willing to go there.

NLP provides methodologies that can easily move you from self doubt, procrastination and uncertainty, to total focus and discipline. For people wanting to lose weight and get fit, or for more elite athletes wanting to move to the next level of success,NLP techniques can provide the answer.

Imagine for a moment you feel completely unmotivated. Where do you look? Your eyes will wander to a certain location. What do you see in your mind? Is the picture black or white or in color?Is it far or close to you? What do you tell yourself as you see the picture? What feelings come up?

Now once you have finished this process, delete the picture in your mind and create a feeling of complete motivation. Take a few moments to create a picture of the real you. Only when you really feel motivated, notice what you are looking at. It will be different from the location you were looking at when you were unmotivated before. How strong are they? The pictures are probably different from before, the feeling of motivation brings the picture closer, colors are more intense and the picture bigger and brighter.

To intensify the feeling of complete motivation, you could move the picture closer, more in front of you, change the picture by adding your favorite color. Add sounds of applause, the roar of the crowd and allow yourself to feel completely motivated. You can adjust the picture any way you choose to change how you feel.

Now imagine playing your favorite soundtrack. As you do this, turn the music up in your head. Now see yourself at the weight you want to be. Here are some tips that will help you on your way. The bottom line is that Neuro linguistic programming is a good way to lose weight. Don't forget about the Neuro linguistic programming books and courses you can take and learn from to.

Ten tips for using NLP for losing weight

  1. State what you want in the positive: State it the way you want it, not the way you don't want it. For example, “ I will succeed to lose my weight.”

  2. Constantly link the tough activities of now with your higher purpose and vision for yourself. For example, “ This is about being the best body weight of me I can be.”

  3. Use as many sensory description as possible: “ I can see me losing weight, and I feel great.” Just imagine what I'm going to say to myself when this is done, and how great I will feel.”

  4. Visual language is the most powerful for goal setting. “ I can see myself losing weight, let's paint a picture of me right now, really see it happening, really bringing it to life right now.”

  5. Build the inevitable setbacks into the self coaching, “I know there will be tough times, and if I focus on my persistence and my resilience, I'm going to get there.”

  6. Create an image of what success is: You need to know how to know you're on track or you've got there, or there's nothing to celebrate.

  7. Install and magnify the attributes you want to see in yourself: “ I see such determination in me, and that's why I'm going to succeed.”

  8. Successful people do what needs to be done, even if they don't want to: Build this mentality into your self talk.

  9. Future pace yourself: “ I can see me losing 5 kilos in a month's time, really enjoying what I've created, and even in two months, the successes I've had, the way I look.”

  10. Remind yourself that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome: For something to change, something must change, and this means new choices need to be made, rehearsed, practised and committed to for lasting change to take place.

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