Thursday

The Power of Positive Words

The vocabulary or words we use when we speak to others or talk to ourselves, plays a massive part on how we feel. Even the 'inner conversations' that go on in our minds can influence the way we feel and perform when we use the right words.

When we begin to chose to use more 'positive' vocabulary as opposed to using 'negative' words, this will very often lead to the creation of positive, purposeful changes in our lives. 

Let me explain ...

Imagine that you are swimming with your friends in a swimming pool. They swim twenty lengths, something you have never done before, and as you want to win their respect, you want to show them that you can do it too. You start swimming, and at the same time keep repeating in your mind, "I can do it, I can do it...". You keep thinking and believing that you are going to complete the twenty lengths.

What is actually happening here is that you are repeating what are known as 'Positive Affirmations'.

Most people repeat in their minds negative words and statements concerning the situations and events in their lives, and consequently, create undesirable situations. Words and statements work at both ways, to build or destroy. It is the way we use them that determines whether they are going to bring positive or negative results.

Often, people repeat negative statements in their minds, without even being aware of what they are doing. Do you ever think or tell yourself that you cannot do something?

When I speak to clients for the first time, quite often they will tell me things like; "I just can't motivate myself", "I can't keep the weight off", "I can't stop thinking about food" or "I just haven't got any will power".

As we continually use these types of thoughts or words in our everyday communication, we become more and more convinced that these kind of statements are completely true. We even begin to behave as though these things are all true. In fact, by repeatedly using and thinking those thoughts and words, we are actually inadvertently setting them as 'goals' in our minds, and our subconscious minds will set about making all the neccessary tweaks and adjustments it needs to, in order to steer us in a direction towards making these goals become a reality for us.

Just think about that for a second ....... Whatever words you use in your mind, or even in your interraction with other people, your subconscious mind accepts as true what you keep saying, and eventually attracts corresponding events and situations into your life, irrespective of whether they are good or bad for you.

So for example, someone who continually thinks, "I look and feel awful", is actually continually reinforcing and strengthening this belief in their mind over and over again, right up to the point that it becomes unquestionably true for them. The effects of this can go even further. The types of clothing that person might chose, the eating habits they might develop or the quality of their interractions with other people will reflect and often confirm their belief to be true, making them feel even worse!  

The good news is that whether you choose to use negative or positive thoughts, words or statements, the exact same process happens!

Imagine thinking and using positive thoughts, words and language about yourself and in your conversations with other people. Being positive and optimistic about yourself, constructive and encouraging to other people and generally up-beat about life as a whole.

As we continually use these types of thoughts or words in our everyday communication, we become more and more convinced that these kind of statements are completely true. We even begin to behave as though these things are all true. In fact, by repeatedly using and thinking those thoughts and words, we are actually inadvertently setting them as 'goals' in our minds, and our subconscious minds will set about making all the neccessary tweaks and adjustments it needs to, in order to steer us in a direction towards making these goals become a reality for us.

Just think about that for a second ....... Whatever words you use in your mind, or even in your interraction with other people, your subconscious mind accepts as true what you keep saying, and eventually attracts corresponding events and situations into your life, irrespective of whether they are good or bad for you.

Did you notice the last two paragraphs were repeated exactly, word for word?

The exact same process occurs of turning your thoughts and beliefs into a reality. Positive thoughts, positive energy and a positive outlook will ALWAYS deliver positive results and a positive lifestyle.


You're Never Too Old .......

I had a fabulous letter in the post (remember? stamps, envelopes, etc) last week off a lovely client of mine, a dear 73 year old lady who came to me in May, desparate to lose a stone and a half to look her very best for an up and coming wedding ....

Mary has done fantastically well, a stone in her first eight weeks (I know it says 6, but it really was 8) and although she doesn't have internet access, Mary was keen to share in her ongoing success. One of the really nice things about this was that up until May, Mary had been completely unable to either lose or gain a single pound, and had maintained her exact weight for years. You can't even begin to imagine the excitement in her voice on the phone to me on the morning she'd hit the 'one stone' mark! ... To say she was like a little child on Christmas morning is a massive understatement!!

By the way, I discovered that quite a lot of people didn't realise that there was a short video on here last month of another client, Fiona who had reached the end of her weight loss journey .....
If you didn't see it, just click the image to hear how Fiona has completely turned her life around;

Incidentally, all the other client testimonials from that particular blog update can be accessed again by clicking the clicking the blog updates on the right of the screen, one from 26th June entitled "The Biggest Secret To Weight Loss Success". There'll also be more client updates on here next month ......


Weight Loss Articles:

What are the biggest weight loss traps for women and how to avoid them.

I found a useful 'Ask the Diet Doctor' style web page with some interesting tips

To find out more, just click here


Six out of Ten Gastric Band Patients Need a Repeat Operation!

Find out more by clicking here


Is it our 'Human Right' to Demand a Gastric Band?

This man thinks it is. Click here

Best wishes

Tony






Sunday

How to 'Trick Your Body' into Burning More Calories.



You can make weight loss quicker and easier by increasing your metabolic rate and burning more calories – here’s how:

Metabolic Rate is the rate at which the body burns up calories. A body that consumes 2500 calories a day, and burns 2500 calories a day will stay at the same weight. A body consuming 2500 calories daily but burning only 2000 will gain weight at the rate of about 1lb a week.
This explains why that ‘lucky’ person across the table from you doesn’t get fat from all that junk food.

You can do quite a lot to speed up your metabolism – the secret of burning calories lies in knowing what determines your metabolic rate and what you can do to influence it.

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You burn calories to provide energy for three main functions:


1) Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)

This is the amount of calories you burn just by being alive – even when you are lying down, doing nothing. BMR accounts for approximately 60% of the calories burned for an average person.

2) Burning Calories for Activity

This is the energy used during movement – from lifting your arm to operate the remote control to cleaning the windows. This accounts for approximately 30% of the calories burned by an average person.

3) Dietary Thermogenesis

The ‘thermogenic effect’ described as meal-induced heat production – the calories burned in the process of eating, digesting, absorbing and using food.

You can influence all these factors, and speed up your rate of burning calories using some, or all, of the following tactics:


1) Build Muscle

Increase the amount of muscle in your body. For every extra pound of muscle you put on, your body uses around 50 extra calories a day. In a recent study, researchers found that regular weight training boosts basal metabolic rate by about 15%. This is because muscle is ‘metabolically active’ and burns more calories than other body tissue even when you’re not moving.

Training with weights just 3 times a week for around 20 minutes is enough to build muscle. Not only will you be burning more calories, you’ll look better – whatever your weight.

2) Move More

Although the average person burns around 30% of calories through daily activity, many sedentary people only use around 15%.

Simply being aware of this fact – and taking every opportunity to move can make quite a dramatic difference to the amount of calories you burn.

The trick is to keep the ‘keep moving’ message in mind.

Write the word ‘move’ on post-it notes and put them in places you’ll notice them when you’re sitting still.

Then, take every opportunity to move – here’s some ideas for burning calories:

  • Tap your feet
  • Swing your legs
  • Drum your fingers
  • Stand up and stretch
  • Move your head from side to side
  • Change position
  • Wriggle and fidget
  • Pace up and down
  • Don’t use the internal phone – go in person
  • Use the upstairs loo
  • Park in the furthest corner of the car park
  • Stand up when you’re on the phone
  • Clench and release your muscles

You’ll find lots of opportunities for burning more calories if you remember that you’re looking for them! Keep thinking ‘keep moving’.

3) Eat Spicy Food

There is evidence to show that spices, especially chilli, can raise the metabolic rate by up to 50% for up to 3 hours after you’ve eaten a spicy meal.
Drinks containing caffeine also stimulate the metabolism, as does green tea. Of course caffeine and salt can also have a dehydrating effect that can lead to hunger pangs, so remember to always drink plenty water.

4) Aerobic Exercise

As well as the actual amount of calories burned during exercise – studies have shown that sustained, high-intensity exercise makes you burn more calories for several hours afterwards.
Try 30 minute sessions of heart rate raising exercise, such as vigorous walking, step aerobics, jogging, cycling or swimming, 3-4 times a week.


5) Eat Little and Often

There is some evidence to suggest that eating small, regular meals will keep your metabolism going faster than larger, less frequent meals.

There are two reasons why meal frequency may affect your metabolism.

Firstly, levels of thyroid hormones begin to drop within hours of eating a meal, and metabolism slows.
Secondly, it may be that the thermogenic effect of eating several small meals is slightly higher than eating the same amount of calories all at once.

Provided your small meals don’t degenerate into quick-fix, high fat, high sugar snacks, eating little and often can also help to control hunger and make you less likely binge.


Best Wishes

Tony


References

http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/