Use This Secret Trick to Achieve Your Health Goals

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As you pursue a medical weight loss plan, we will work on replacing old behaviors with new, healthier ones. While the plan will work just fine on its own, learning to revamp your habits helps to ensure that the lost weight stays gone for good.

But do you have to rely upon willpower to change those habits? Actually, that’s generally not a good idea. Even the strongest people eventually wear down, and constantly listing all of the things that are “off-limits” isn’t very motivating, anyway. Willpower won’t last for years, and we assume that you want your weight loss to be permanent.

Rather than simply force yourself to change (eating habits, favorite foods, or your outlook on exercise), it is key to replace less-healthy habits with positive ones that you actually enjoy. You can do that by focusing on the results you desire, through powerful visual imagery. It’s called functional imagery training (FIT), and research has shown that those who use FIT alongside their weight loss plan can lose up to four times more weight than those who don’t use the method.

Plus, when you focus on a positive result (the healthy body you desire), you trigger far more positive emotions. Comparing yourself to others, or focusing on the behaviors you’re giving up, doesn’t feel very good. And we know that those who feel positive about their medical weight loss plan are the ones who achieve the best results.

So, how do you use FIT in conjunction with your lifestyle change?

First, ask yourself “why”. Why are you doing this? Maybe you want to be healthier, you wand to ward off weight-related chronic diseases, you want to set a healthy example for your children, or you want to feel more confident. Whatever the reasons, write them down and create a picture in your head. You might also find it helpful to create a tangible visual aid, like a vision board.

Tap into that imagery at key times. Utilize those images when you’re confronted with the choice to continue your healthier habits. This might be at mealtimes, before an exercise session, or at predictable times of day when cravings tend to strike. Focusing on positive images of your future, healthier self can drive your motivation to make the right choice (and it won’t feel like a chore).

Functional interval training has been cited by many successful business people and professional athletes, as the key to their success. Give it a try, and let us know what you think. And, as always, please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions about your medical weight loss plan.