Beliefs versus Facts
When it comes to weight loss, if you are willing to accept the concept that most of your beliefs are actually feelings or opinions rather than facts, then you are in a position of power. Once you own your statement of “fact” as a belief, you can choose whether or not it’s useful to keep it. If it’s not helpful, then you can change to a more supportive belief.
Choosing Better Beliefs
Here’s the paradox: It’s not about proving whether your beliefs are true or not, it’s about choosing better beliefs. It’s about choosing better thoughts to think over and over again. The challenge for your ego is to acknowledge that you do indeed have a choice.
The Feedback Loop
As we go through life, we generate a kind of feedback loop as our beliefs interact with our experience. Our beliefs create actions, which in turn create results. Then we judge these results as good or bad without connecting the dots back to the thought that generated the result. To complicate matters, our judgments are actually beliefs in disguise. When our judgmental thoughts are fed into the feedback loop, the automatic cycle creates the impression that our beliefs are being formed by “reality.” It’s closer to the truth to realize how much our reality is influenced strongly by our beliefs – to the degree that we may even dismiss good evidence contrary to our prevailing belief.
Do you harbor beliefs like these?
“I’m just not good at sports (or art, or business, or________)
“Losing weight takes a lot of hard work.”
“Work is no fun, that’s why they call it work.”
“It’s hard to lose weight after having a baby.”
“It’s hard to lose weight after menopause.”
“I hate to exercise.”
“I have a slow metabolism.”
How to Change Your Beliefs
I suggest you begin by paying more attention to your thoughts, feelings and opinions about weight loss. Then re-label them as beliefs instead of facts. You might be surprised to find how easy it is to let go of many of your beliefs once you realize they aren’t working well for you. Let’s see how this might work:
Your desired outcome: A healthy, slimmer body.
Your current belief: “I hate to exercise.”
“Is this a fact or simply something I have thought or said over and over?”
“Does this belief support my desired outcome?”
“What beliefs would support my desired outcome?”
Create Better Beliefs
“I believe it’s possible for me to enjoy exercise.”
“Lots of people enjoy exercising. Maybe I’m missing out on something.”
“There are many forms of exercise. There must be a perfect exercise program for me.”
“I’m enjoying the process of learning to enjoy exercise.”
“I look forward to my morning walk with friends.”
“Exercise energizes my mind and body.”
“I love to exercise.”
“I love taking good care of myself.”
What are some of your beliefs about losing weight? If they’re not helpful, how can you change them?