Harness Your Emotions to Lose Weight

The experts who say that the key to weight loss is education are wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • Every obese person in the world knows that eating pizza at every meal will make them fat and sick.
  • They also know that eating a lot of fresh vegetables will make them lean & healthy.

Lack of education isn’t the problem…emotions are the problem.

  • Negative emotions that drive them to inhale an entire tub of ice cream
  • Positive emotions that motivate them to live a healthier lifestyle

So…how do we learn to harness these emotions and use them to our advantage?

lean fat guy man Harness Your Emotions to Lose Weight

Here are two tricks that have worked for my clients over the past 12+ years.

The Carrot

  1. Put together a collection of images that inspire you to live an uber-fit healthy life.
  2. Look at these images EVERY morning before you start your day
  3. Look at them periodically throughout the day – save images on your phone, make them your screen-saver, post them on the fridge, tape them to the inside of your gym locker, etc…

Here are a bunch of images to get you started.

[box type="note"]Some people have “issues” with motivational images making them look silly. My advice: unless you’re still in high school, stop worrying about being judged by other people. Most people spend too much time thinking about themselves to be concerned with your silly physique pics [/box]

The Stick

Nobody says mean things about a fat person…like that fat person says about themselves. Seriously, you would not believe how mean overweight people are to themselves. It’s like masochism & obesity go hand in hand.

What makes it even worse is that all of those feelings of self-hatred often end up reinforcing the very behaviors which led to the obesity in the first place. What we need to do is turn those negative feelings around so they help motivate you to stick with your new healthy lifestyle.

Here’s what I want you to do:

  1. Write yourself a letter – about how you feel right now…about your body, about your health, about your emotional state, your relationships…and how your obesity & poor health negatively impacts your life
  2. Print out the letter
  3. Sign the letter
  4. Read that letter EVERY morning before you start your day
  5. Read that letter EVERY night before you go back to bed
  6. Take some very unflattering pictures of yourself and stuff them away in the back of your sock drawer
  7. Every 30 days, take new picks & stuff them back in the drawer
  8. After a year, pull out all the pics and review the changes

One More Thing

  • You are going to blow your “diet”, skip a workout, forget to read your letter, inhale an entire cheesecake.
  • It’s expected and it will happen
  • It happens to everybody
  • You’re not a loser
  • After cheating, read your letter again and again and again.
  • One cheat doesn’t negate all the hard work you have done since starting this transformation.
  • One cheat doesn’t negate all the improvements you have made to your health, fitness & physique.
  • Dust yourself off, pick yourself up, look at your motivation pics and go get some exercise
Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.

6 Comments

  1. simpleweightlossideas

    December 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Very simple and informative guidelines shared here. Motivation and patience are required to achieve any successful goal.

  2. Nicole

    October 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    This is great information! If you want to achieve your goals you have to keep your eyes on the target at all times! Constant reminders reinforce your dream. And when you check back in with your goals regularly you will be more motivated to take action!

  3. Perfect Shape

    September 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Very interesting topic!

    Emotional factors are the most important overeating triggers. Here are the top overeating triggers – try to identify which triggers apply to your situation and then try to overcome them:

    1. Feeling tired or drained of energy
    2. Feeling Bored
    3. Habits
    4. Deprivation
    ….
    Read more:

    http://www.the-perfectshape.com/2011/05/top-8-overeating-triggers/

    Cheers,

  4. Fat No More

    September 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    This advice is gold guys. Good to see uncoated articles that speak the truth!

    Yes, everybody fails once in a while, but the key is staying motivated and always keeping your goals in mind.

    Keep good tips coming!

  5. Don Sturgill

    September 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Check the Dream Into It program (Amazon Kindle) for a direct means of dealing with the voice that says you can’t … and a simple method for staying on course. It’s working for me.

    • healthhabits

      September 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Don… next time, feel free to identify yourself as the author