Us­ing vi­su­al­i­sa­tion for weight loss

THERE’S PLENTY OF IN­SPI­RA­TION OUT THERE FOR YOUR WEIGHTLOSS GOALS, BUT THE AN­SWER MIGHT COME FROM WITHIN…

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Eat less and move more is the base­line for los­ing weight, but it can be hard to fol­low – even when we know it’s true. But a new study pub­lished in the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of

Obe­sity says a novel tech­nique may help you stick to your weight-loss goal. The study fol­lowed 141 par­tic­i­pants with BMIS of at least 25. Of this group, 55 of them fol­lowed mo­ti­va­tional in­ter­view­ing, a type of coun­selling help­ing them dis­cover their mo­ti­va­tion for change. The other 59 un­der­went func­tional im­agery train­ing (FIT), where they were taught to fully vi­su­alise, as re­al­is­ti­cally as pos­si­ble, achiev­ing their goal of weight loss.

The aim, ex­plained re­searchers, was to en­cour­age them “to come up with their own im­agery of what change might look and feel like to them, how it might be achieved and kept up, even when chal­lenges arise.” And it worked! Those in the FIT group lost five times more weight, on av­er­age, com­pared to those in the mo­ti­va­tional in­ter­view­ing group, around 4.11kg com­pared to 0.74kg.

They were taught to fully vi­su­alise achiev­ing their goal of weight loss

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