Why Dieting Usually Doesn’t Work

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Why Dieting Usually Doesn’t Work

Have you ever tried counting calories? Or start an exercise routine to lose or gain weight? And do you know why nine out of ten times that usually doesn’t work?

The answer will actually blow your mind. Because it has much less to do with sugars, calories and fat than you think and much more with neuroscience.

And the biggest mistake people usually make starting their weight loss or weight gain  journey, is not taking this crucial element into the equation. 

How to Make Weight Loss or Weight Gain Effortless

If you’ve ever tried limiting your calorie intake or restricting yourself to eat only certain foods in order to change the way your body looks, you know how frustrating it can be seeing no results on the scale or in the mirror.

So did I as a teenager. Having good grades and a pretty face wasn’t everything. Being chubby, I was longtime trapped in the vicious circle of deprivation, craving, indulging, guilt and shame. And all I wanted, was to fit in. Not only socially, but fit in my clothes and feel appreciated for more than just my mind.

I tried all kinds of ways to lose weight by depriving myself of certain types of food or counting calories, or even start an excruciating workout plan. Only to give up feeling more defeated and worthless. I even tried the magic pills that claim to reduce your appetite or burn fat while you sleep. But obviously, that didn’t work. And secretly, I knew it couldn’t be healthy. 

So it wasn’t until I saw the Ted talk by neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt about why dieting usually doesn’t work, that I understood why all of that had never worked for me. And for so many others. Not only is Sandra a brilliant scientist by the way, she’s quite funny too. I truly recommend watching her TED talk. I included the link at the bottom of this post. 

So when I learned that our subconscious mind is programmed, it all made sense to me. Sandra compares the mind’s setting to a thermostat and the subconscious behavior to a central heating system. I so loved this analogy that I wanted to share this insight with you. 

The Mind Determines What The Body Looks Like 

In her talk, Sandra epically explains how the mind functions much like a thermostat. It is subconsciously set to what the body should look like. Here’s how it works:

Say it’s summer and it’s 26 degrees (celsius) outside. If you’ve set the central heating of your home to 24 degrees, the heater won’t burn, right? But if the outside temperature drops to 22 degrees, it will cool off inside resulting the heater to ‘pop on’ to heat your home. Unless you lower that thermostat to below 22 degrees. 

That’s exactly how the subconscious mind ‘controls’ your behavior. So if your mind is set for your body to weigh 80 kilos, and you suddenly start eating less calories or spending more in exercise, without re-adjusting the mind, it will still subconsciously drive you to binge and crave in order to meet the ‘mind’s settings’ of 80 kilos.

Whereas if you are able to recalibrate the programming of the subconscious mind to 70 kilos for example, the subconscious mind will support your behavior in actually realizing that goal. You’ll have less cravings and will feel the urge to exercise more. And that in turn results in your weight dropping effortlessly. 

So the biggest mistake people make in attempting to lose or gain weight, is to focus only on creating a calorie deficiency and macro-nutrients and NOT put their mind into the equation. Start with the mind, and the rest will show to be so much easier. Now obviously, I hear you ask how to reprogram the subconscious mind to match the desired vision of your body, right? 

How To Flip The Switch?

Bottomline to Sandra’s story is that nothing other than mindful eating really works to change the way your body looks. But, how do we get to a place of mindful eating when the only thing we can think of is what we’re not allowed to eat? It’s like not thinking of a pink elephant, right?

I was both fascinated and intrigued. It all made sense to me and I was hungry for more (pun intended!) Most of all, I wanted to solve the puzzle and find a practical tool to help reprogram that subconscious mind. 

And that’s exactly what I did. 

The solution is actually quite simple and elegant too.
It requires to flip the neuro-plasticity switch and subtly surpass the conscious mind to reframe the subconscious mind. But I couldn’t find anything that really fit my requirements.

So I decided to develop it myself. Connecting with a professional hypnotist and sound engineer, I am working on a new type of sound journey called HeartBeats. HeartBeats stands for Hypnotic Emotional Awareness Reprogramming Training using Binaural and Experiential Audio Techniques. Sounds, language and  visualizations designed specifically to help disrupt the current brainwave pattern and establish new neurological connections that lead to  empowering beliefs. The HeartBeats for Weight Loss collection is currently being produced so be sure to stay in touch to be among the first to use them and finally make your weight loss journey effortless. 

In loving sincerity,

Valerie Ketjen

aka Miss Vitality

Inspire Intelligent Awareness 

PS – GET my FREE e-book Seven Metabolic Secrets HERE
PPS – Ted Talk by Sandra Aamodt – Why Dieting Usually Doesn’t Work

Valerie Ketjen

Valerie Ketjen

Passionate about strategic vitality and retention, Miss Vitality helps individuals & organizations boost physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness by sharing knowledge, experience and insights through digital and personal training and coaching. We contribute to a healthy planet carrying happy people.

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