Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
— Henry Ford
What you think about weight loss matters. And it may matter far more than you realise or are willing to believe.
In fact your very beliefs about yourself. And what you’re doing may have the greatest effect on your weight loss. Really more than any specific diet or exercise program can deliver.
How you THINK (your perceptions of) what you’re doing matters greatly
I’ve always noticed that construction workers, though they were working all day. Carrying heavy equipment up and down ladders and moving nearly constantly all day, even in the middle of summer in Texas summer heat.
I wondered how these workers could not be in great shape when they’re essentially exercising all day.
Yet most of them remain extremely overweight.
Is it possible their thoughts be keeping them overweight?
Then I saw a study on hotel house keepers that might not just help explain the weight gain, but also how you can use your mind to help you lose weight.
From an article on this piece of weight loss research.
“Langer is a researcher who has published several important and provocative studies. In this study, she decided to look at whether our perception of how much exercise we are getting has any effect on how our bodies actually look. To do this, she studied hotel maids.
As any casual observer of the hospitality industry knows, hotel maids spend the majority of their days lugging heavy equipment around endless hallways.
Basically, almost every moment of their working lives is spent engaged in some kind of physical activity.
But Langer found that most of these women don’t see themselves as physically active. She did a survey and found that 67 percent reported they didn’t exercise.
More than one-third of those reported they didn’t get any exercise at all.
“Given that they are exercising all day long,” Langer says, “that seemed to be bizarre.”
What was even more bizarre, she says, was that, despite the fact all of the women in her study far exceeded the U.S. surgeon general’s
recommendation for daily exercise, the bodies of the women did not seem to benefit from their activity.
Langer and her team measured the maids’ body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure, weight and body mass index. They found that all of these indicators matched the maids’ perceived amount of exercise, rather than their actual amount of exercise.
So Langer set about changing perceptions.
She divided 84 maids into two groups. With one group, researchers carefully went through each of the tasks they did each day, explaining how
many calories those tasks burned. They were informed that the activity already met the surgeon general’s definition of an active lifestyle.
The other group was given no information at all.
One month later, Langer and her team returned to take physical measurements of the women and were surprised by what they found.
In the group that had been educated, there was a decrease in their systolic blood pressure, weight, and waist-to-hip ratio — and a 10 percent drop in blood pressure.
One possible explanation is that the process of learning about the amount of exercise they were already getting somehow changed the maids’ behavior. But Langer says that her team surveyed both the women and their managers and found no indication that the maids had altered their routines in any way.
She believes that the change can be explained only by the change in the women’s mindset.”
If your mindset says “this diet will never work” and “I’m wasting my time doing this exercise” you can expect to see exactly what you expect.
But if you go in and do the work and expect to see results, you more than likely will.
Change your mind, change your results.
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