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11 Mental Tricks That Shed Pounds

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11 Mental Tricks That Shed Pounds

You can exercise daily and consume the right foods, but without the right mental mindset, you’re not likely to achieve your goals as fast as you may hope. It all comes down to mind over matter – are you emotional eating due to stress? Are you desperate to lose weight and trying crazy fad diets and quick fixes? Do you always look for the positive instead of the negative?

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Your mind is very powerful - it can influence good and bad behaviors. If you feel that achieving your goals is going to be too much of a struggle, you are more likely to give up. This is why it’s important to set smaller, short-term goals and reward yourself after achieving them.

A healthy mind is crucial to your overall well-being. Learn to love yourself, understand what triggers you to consume unhealthy foods, address your issues, remove your bad habits and make the necessary changes for a healthier life.

Continue reading for 11 Mental Tricks That Shed Pounds.

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Think Thin

It might seem a little crazy at first, but picturing yourself thin and creating your own vision of what you want to look like will actually help you shed pounds. Tip: Create a vision board, cut out photos and display pictures showing what you want to accomplish. Look at the board every day; it will help motivate you towards achieving your goals.

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Write Down Your Goals

Write down a list of goals somewhere so you will see it every day. A constant reminder of these goals will help keep them relevant in your mind and will work as motivation. Your goals should start out small and achievable, and then gradually become more difficult as time goes on and you begin to see results.

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Don’t eat in front of the TV

Eating in front of the TV is detrimental to your fitness goals. We start with one chip, then another, and all of a sudden the bag is empty. It has been proven that while watching TV you are blocking the feeling of fulfillment because your brain is focused on something else. That being said, avoid overeating and refrain from having snacks in front of the TV.

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Reward yourself

Want to trick your mind into working out? Set rewards for yourself. It will motivate you to get to the gym and keep you in good spirits during your workout. This is also a great way to make exercising more fun because it gives you something to look forward to.

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Eat on small plates and bowls

When we see our food on bigger plates our mind is telling us that we are eating a smaller portion. We finish our meal thinking we have not eaten enough, so we get up and make another plate. This often leads to overeating. Eat on small plates and bowls to trick your mind into thinking you ate more food.

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Turn down the lights

Studies have shown that simply setting the mood and turning down the lights results in fewer calories consumed.

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Hang a mirror opposite of your seat at the table

Researchers have found that eating in front of a mirror and watching yourself stuff down unhealthy foods, make the foods seem less appetizing. It also has proven to help people eat less and lose weight.

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Leave yourself reminders

Trick your mind to get up and go – set your cell phone alarm to go off 30 minutes before you want to leave for the gym and place sticky notes on your bathroom mirror and on your fridge. The more you see these reminders, the more you will find yourself motivated, and before you know it, you tricked yourself into working out.

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Cut your food into smaller pieces

Yes, cutting your food into smaller pieces can actually help you eat less. It creates the illusion that you are consuming more food, which in turn causes a greater feeling of fullness. Cutting your food into pieces also tricks you into eating slower which allows you time to actually feel when you are full.

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Rather than focusing on your weight, focus on treating your body well

Just because you are thin doesn’t mean that you are safe from diseases correlated with obesity. It’s important to consume foods high in nutrients, exercise regularly, take care of your skin, and get regular medical checkups

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Surround yourself with the color blue

Research has proven that the color blue is an appetite suppressant. Try putting your food on a blue plate; this will result in you eating less, inserting a blue light in your refrigerator will result in reduced hunger cravings, and even dyeing your food blue will help keep you from overeating.

11 Mental Tricks That Shed Pounds