Friday, February 15 2013, 10:40 PM MST
Exercising The Brain For Weight Loss
By Chris Miller
(KUTV) If you're one of millions of Americans struggling to lose weight, a Utah health expert has a solution - exercise your brain.
David Meine, co-founder of the Lindon, Utah-based company IdealShape, says we're doing ourselves a huge disservice by neglecting to alter our thoughts when it comes to fitness and weight loss.
Meine's passion grew through his own struggles with weight loss and his inability to stay focused on his goals, so he began studying the mind. "I started researching a concept called 'toxic brain', and through that research I started figuring out why I was overweight and struggling with my health."
Meine has found that people program their minds to see themselves at a certain size and shape. He says it's nearly impossible to achieve any weight loss goals unless you can start to visualize a thinner and fitter body.
He describes his theory by telling the story of a client, who wanted to lose 30 pounds so she could fit into a bikini. "She didn't believe that she could really lose 30 pounds and get that body shape, so I told her 'until you can visualize that and imagine it and believe it in your mind, your subconscious is not going to help you lose that weight and get that goal'", says Meine.
He suggests hypnosis as a method to reprogram the mind and visualize your ideal shape.
Meine says if you can actually visualize yourself as thinner and fitter for 28 days, you'll find it much easier to do the diet and exercise to reach your goals. "The subconscious mind, when you repeat over and over, behavior becomes a habit and within a short period of time, it creates your ideal shape."
Meine recently published a book called Think: Use Your Mind to Shrink Your Waistline. That book can be purchased on Amazon.com.
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