Image by Lexinatrix via FlickrBy M. Farouk Radwan
Most people try to use will power when it comes to breaking the habit of binge eating, however, this never works. It's not that will power is not enough but it's not constant.
Suppose that you had a good day and you were happy, in such an emotional state you are very likely to be able to resist the urge of eating your favorite food but if something upsets your mood then most likely you'll discover that your power is not helping.
Will power changes along with your mood and that's why depending on will power alone to stop eating will never work. Will power will only help you as long as you are feeling good but as your mood swings it may fail to help you.
So the question is how to motivate myself to break the habit of over eating? There are two types of motivation styles that people respond to which are positive and negative. People who are motivated by rewards are those who respond to positive motivation while those who are motivated by the desire to avoid punishment are those who respond to negative motivation.
So how can you make use of these motivation styles to motivate yourself to stop eating? First of all you must understand the effect of visualization on your motivation levels.
In the year 2000 the movie "Gone in sixty seconds" was introduced to theaters. In Alexandria, Egypt where I live, the number of accidents that happened the first day the movie was introduced was terrible. Even the weird way the accidents had occurred reflected how the movie programmed the minds of those who saw it to start driving in a dangerous way.
Your subconscious mind responds to the images and videos it sees in the movies and thinks that this is how it should act. Just watch how you act in a horror movie, you will find that your body is triggering the fight and flight response as if its preparing itself from running from the perceived danger.
If you tried to monitor your thoughts you will find that before you go to the refrigerator or before you feel like wanting to eat you actually visualize the food. Some people may even become Hungry as a result of visualizing food and not because they are Hungry. Visualization motivates the subconscious mind to trigger hunger just to respond to the order it received through the images.
To make the long story short, your subconscious mind can be programmed by images or by videos, which is a very effective way to help you take an action or break a habit.
Now let's make use of all of these concepts together. Search the web and find an image of someone having the perfect body you are after then search for another image of a very obese person whom you never want to be like.
Now use any image editor to put those two pictures together as one image (the picture of the obese person should be next to the picture of your dream body). If you can even remove their faces and put your face instead this would be much more effective.
Now you have an image that provides you with both positive and negative motivation. All you have to do is to put it everywhere and let your subconscious mind do the rest. Here are the places where you should put that image:
- Make it your desktop wallpaper
- Make it your mobile phone background image
- Put it on the walls in your house
- Put in on the door of your room
- Hang it above your bed
- Put it on your desk
- Put it in front of you while eating (if you found yourself eating without feeling hungry)
- Finally, above your television
Every time you see this picture your subconscious mind will become more motivated to be like the model in the picture and will become more motivated to stay away from the habits that could lead to being similar to the other picture. You have just combined motivation and visualization concepts in one step by just investing one hour of your time preparing these pictures.
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