Write Off Fat to Lose Weight!
Were you a diligent student at
school? If so, you may be familiar with the technique of
writing to remember. Well, it may come as a surprise
but writing down your intentions to lose weight can
reinforce your decision and actually make it easier to stick
to your programme.
There is something powerful about New
Year's Resolutions that are written down! Write this down: I
will lose 1 kilo this week. Whether you post this note
within easy view or scribble it on a scrap of paper and toss
it, chances are you'll be a pound lighter by week's end,
says Henriette Anne Klauser, PhD, author of Write It Down,
Make It Happen (Simon & Schuster, 2001).
Writing switches on the part of your
brain (called the reticular activating system, or RAS) that
keeps important messages in mind, ready for you to act on
them when prompted. Just as it was when you studied for your
school exams, writing things down reinforces your retention
and helps shapes your behaviours.
If you're aware, even subconsciously,
of a weight loss intention, you're more likely to pass up
the left over Christmas pudding, and walk the dog instead,
for example. Whether you like to journal and keep your notes
beside your bed or post something on your refrigerator, it
doesn't matter. What is important is the act of
writing. What should you write to help you lose
Your reasons to lose weight
energy and self-confidence", which
are good motivators and doable even if you don't trim down.
("Will exercise take time away from
my family?"), which force you to confront and resolve them
before they sabotage your efforts.
How much weight you want to lose and
by when. Be realistic and realise that steady,
consistent weight loss of 1/2 to 1 kilo per week is a
healthy rate of weight loss.
- Herbalife Today Magazine