Our subconscious mind takes care of our habits. It is challenging to change a habit or follow a new one, as our subconscious mind is rigid and stubborn. However, can we trick our subconscious mind to make some changes for good? Can we trick it until it adapts to the new habits that help us lose weight? I believe we can and the following points will help you get started with this new weight loss idea. If you come up with some more ideas feel free to write them in the comment so that everyone can benefit.
“I may not be as strong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.” — Ernest Hemingway
1. Rise Early:
If you are not a morning person it will take you some time to adopt this change but once you get use to starting your day early you will completely love the serenity of the morning time. You will be more productive and would be able to accomplish more than just weigh loss.
Start exercising within 30 mins after you wake up. Why? Because our mind is smart enough to find excuses and avoid working out later in the whole day. I have started keeping my workout clothes and shoes near my bed so I stumble upon them first thing in the morning. Before my mind tells me to sleep for 5 more mins I get dressed for my workout.
“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” — Carlos Castaneda
2. Have a Hearty Healthy Breakfast:
Make this your biggest meal of the day. Eat healthy breakfast but avoid sugary cereals. A vegetable juice can be a very good addition to your breakfast and please don’t trust the package juices as they are mostly fake and filled with sugar.
If you love sweets don’t have them after dinner have a small portion with your breakfast giving yourself enough time to burn the calories but don’t make this a habit. If you get tempted say to yourself. This will stay for few minutes on my lips but forever on my hips. Trust me this line works.
3. Eat Slow:
Eat like a baby. I understand you may not have time to eat slowly in the morning but you can try this trick for your lunch and dinner. Eat in small plates, eat extremely small bits, and chew a lot. This will make you full very soon. You will be surprised how much less food is required to feel full. As you chew your food properly it will help with the digestion. A happy stomach will reward you in many ways. Losing weight will just be one of them.
“Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.” — Charles Dickens
4. Cutoff Time:
Have your dinner early. Keep a gap of 2 to 3 hours between your dinner and bed time as this helps with the digestions. This habit will also take some getting used to so here is an excellent trick that I recently found out. Brush your teeth immediately after dinner and send a signal to your mind to cutoff any thoughts about food for that day. The fresh minty taste of the toothpaste will also help to control your sweet tooth cravings.
“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” — Marjorie Pay Hinckley
5. Keep Moving:
If you have a sitting job try walking for a couple of mins every 1 hour. Walk to the water cooler, to the washroom, printer, a colleague anything just get up every hour or 90 mins and walk for a minute or two. Everything adds up a min of walk or a piece of candy. Your weight loss success depends on what you choose.
A very effective way to shed some pounds is to go for a walk after dinner. What it is raining outside? You say or you have to watch your favorite TV show after dinner. Then I suggest walking inside the house or march in one place as long as the show runs 30 mins or an hour. Be gentle with your knees and ankles as you walk, run or job.
“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” — Tom Peters