Think Yourself Thin

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One might wonder if there is an easier way to lose weight. If you think about it long enough, maybe you will do just that!

The human brain contributes to roughly 20% of the body’s total metabolic activity. This idea, as alluring as it is, is just not possible As it turns out you can not increase your calorie burn out rate through “exceptionally rigorous” mental activities. If that were the case, then we would be doing Math homework to get rid of belly fat.

A more realistic way to use your mind to help weight loss is to develop a healthy mental attitude towards achieving a good shape. What this really means is that the first step to reaching your optimal weight is to adopt a positive view of your weight loss program.

There are many ways to adopt a positive mindset. Along with a good diet and exercise regimen being conscious about your progress and progress can directly affect the result. There was a study conducted by Alia Crum (the head of the Mind and Body Lab at Stanford University) amongst 84 female hotel room attendants.

These subjects had felt that they were not getting adequate exercise, even though their work consisted of mainly physical activities. Half of the women were told this and one month after, they noticed weight loss and lowered blood pressure.

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Crum and Octavia Zahrt conducted a new study using data from two United States federal databases: the National Health Interview Survey and the National Health and Nutritional Survey. The pair gathered data from 61,141 persons, who were questioned about their attitude towards health, like whether or not they felt like they were getting enough exercise.

This was compared to the corresponding data in the National Death Index to determine whether and when the participants died. There was a strong correlation between early deaths and their beliefs of being physically inactive.

This, of course, does not prove that the overall health and lifespan of a person is based on how you think, but it is suggestive of a relationship between the mind and body.

A healthy mindset does not stop there, what about adopting a good control mechanism. Yes, it is easier said than done. We all have a different interpretation of “moderation”. To top it all off, not everyone can practice abstinence from certain foods. You might find yourself increasing your idea of “moderate” portions over time. A solution to this is to create a fixed amount of food for your meals. However, do not be too rigid: the stricter the rule, the more likely it is to be broken.