Using visualisation for weight loss
THERE’S PLENTY OF INSPIRATION OUT THERE FOR YOUR WEIGHTLOSS GOALS, BUT THE ANSWER MIGHT COME FROM WITHIN…
They were taught to fully visualise achieving their goal of weight loss
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.