If you want to lose weight, there is one thing I want you to know. Why do you want to “lose weight?” It’s a common phrase– “I want to lose weight.” Over the past couple years of strengthening my health, I have learned that the way you talk about your weight can make a huge difference on your transformation. Whether that is speaking negatively about the way your body looks, or wanting to “lose weight.” Here’s why–
Have you ever lost your keys, and HAVE to find them to continue on with your day? Or lost something relatively meaningless, but felt the need to find it cause you lost it? If you lose weight, subconsciously your mind wants to go find the weight you lost! Same principle with dropping weight, if you drop something, you pick it up. So you never really lose all the weight, because subconsciously you’ll want to pick it back up. That’s when it becomes a struggle to “keep the weight off.”
So what do you say if you stop saying “lose weight?” A more effective phrase is “release weight.” It is a depiction that you are intentionally releasing this weight into a place far away from you. It’s a conscious, deliberate choice.
When I first started to say release weight, it was a difficult transition. I would often catch myself saying lose weight, and that’s okay if you do to! It’s an ingrained statement that will take time to rephrase.
Dr. Hyder Zahed wrote an article titled The Power of Spoken Words. He begins by quoting Yehuda Berg, “Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” Dr. Zahed states that based on the incredible power of words we must discipline ourselves to speak with respect and choose our words with mindfulness. Through words you can strengthen your health. You can see results align with what you choose to say.
This verbal choice can set you up for success. Be conscious when you say “release weight” to others. The person may try and correct or question you (I’ve had it happen many times). Don’t feel weird about saying it differently because you mean the difference that they are recognizing. Releasing is more effective than losing!
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