Use Language to Lose Weight Permanently
The words we are using and the grammar needed to construct sentences from words tell others a lot about you. They not only indicate the education level- they give away thinking patterns as well. Whoever utters unstructured sentences will likely be unstructured in his thinking. And negative talk will indicate a negative personality.
What is interesting is that you can turn the process around: You can change your language and by doing so you change your thinking patterns and gain insight about yourself. In this article I’ll cover some changes you can incorporate into your language to help you lose weight permanently and easily.
Use “because”. Psychological research has shown: You can boost agreement up to 90% if you give reasons why you want something. Interestingly enough, the reason does not even have to be valid. So don’t tell yourself “This evening I’ll go for a long walk”. Give yourself a reason to do it, as in “This evening I’ll go for a long walk because I want to feel stronger”. Using “because” will increase your motivation and help you to lose weight permanently.
Change from “if” to “when”. Often I hear sentences like “If I could control my portion size then losing weight permanently would be much easier”. You’ll get a much more motivating and compelling statement if you exchange “if” with “when”: “When I control my portion size then losing weight permanently will be much easier”.
Not “why” but “how”. Asking “why” might lead to some insight, but doesn’t help changing that much. “How” automatically triggers what you are doing in the real world. For example, you might ask yourself “Why am I always eating late in the evening damaging my permanent weight loss?”. When you change to “How am I always eating in the evening?” you’re getting answers to behavior patterns so you are able to change them what will allow you to lose weight permanently much more easily.
Put things into the past and use the magic words “up to now”. This allows you to change what you’re going to do in the future. Instead of “I am not physically active” change your language to “up to now I haven’t been physically active”. This frees your mind and gives you more options to lose weight permanently.
Eliminate “weasel phrases”. “Weasel phrases” are words allowing you to sneak out of commitments. Popular are “try to”, “plan to”, “hope to”, “might be able to”. As long as you “try to take the stairs more”, as long as you “hope to reduce my calories”, “might be able to exercise more” or “plan to buy healthy food to lose weight permanently” your mind is taking you out of the game. Committed statements sound differently.
All of these ways to improve your language usage will help you automatically to lose weight permanently.