These affirmations can use it at home when in a comfortable space, with your friends and family, alone during meditation, or outside in nature on a beautiful day. Affirmations have a powerful effect on your brain. After just a few days, your neurons will already begin to be rewired and restructured, having a profound impact on your attitude and thinking to health and your body. Over a period of time, you will begin to notice a shift in your inner feeling and a lightness filling up your thoughts and associations towards losing weight and achieving perfect health. Your whole mindset can change to one of success, achievement, and positive and healthy emotions.
Myth 1: It’s All About Food!
This is possibly one of the most, if not the most detrimental, myth to your weight loss goals. It is not all about your body, but about your mind and emotions too.
In society, we are conditioned and made to believe that, in order to be slim, we have to buy ‘diet pills’ and endless plans for weight loss; however, one thing that is not largely believed or even accepted, is the power of the mind and emotions in shaping your dream figure and health and harmony within.
Diet does play a role, of course, but physicists and neuroscientists have found that the brain is equally as significant in influencing the health and fitness of your body. Neurons in the brain act as chemical messengers, sending impulses to the body’s cells and systems. Any thought, emotion, trigger, or response directly influences your body on an inner level. If you project unkind, detrimental and counter-productive thoughts to your own cells within, or have any particularly limiting beliefs about weight loss, then your body responds!
The same is true for emotions. Having healthy and harmonious self-talk and recognizing the power of not only the food you eat and activity you engage in, but the thoughts you project and emotions surrounding food and health, therefore, can aid greatly in your weight loss goals and intentions. Remember the power of your mind!
Myth 2: Count your Calories
It is not about calories! Counting calories is a complete misrepresentation of what your body needs and how to lose weight. Calories are essentially energy, and we need energy! Look at the animal kingdom. Many animals are fit, strong, lean, and muscly with vibrant health. They become like this by eating either crops and plants, which, for a human, would equate to a plant-based diet, or by eating other animals, so lots of meat and protein. The key is not to count calories, but to look at nutrition. Calories are a complete illusion and very counterproductive to your health and perfect body attainment goals.
Let’s take nuts, for example. Nuts are very good for you. There are many people nowadays who survive and thrive on a plant-based vegan diet eating solely fruits, vegetables, nut and seeds, pulses, and (healthy) carbs. These people recognize that all of life is energy, and these foods are high in the life force. Some vegans, or people who choose to consciously eat more plants, fruits, and whole foods, eat a lot of food and are very slim and healthy! This is because they see past the illusion of calories and look at what they are putting into their bodies.
The same can be said for some animals. Orangutans, monkeys, and other primates are slim and strong with incredible muscles, yet they survive off fruit (for the most part). Some primates can consume thousands upon thousands of calories every day and don’t get fat, lethargic, or put on weight. We humans, adopting calories as a mindset, is completely delusional, and maybe what is holding you back from your weight goals.
Look to nutrition and what you are consuming and not to how many calories are stated on the packaging.
Myth 3: Healthier Foods are More Expensive!
Healthier foods being more expensive is another limiting myth, and wide-set belief largely accepted in the West. Healthier foods are not more expensive! OK, they can be, depending on where you go, but holistically speaking, this is a belief or programming which has been created to stop you from eating healthy or to keep you stuck in the cycle of diet pills and weight loss plans. There are so many tasty, nutritious and healthy foods available, and all for reasonable prices. Every single town and village has a local market, or at least local farmers or fruit and vegetable growers selling their homegrown produce. In cities, there are countless markets; you can get bowls of high-quality fruits and vegetables for as little as £1 in the UK and a couple of dollars in the States!
In whole foods and health food shops and supermarkets, fruits, vegetables, pulses, nuts and seeds, and other tasty, healthy foods are available en masse and at very reasonable prices. Essentially, the myth that healthier foods are more expensive keeps your thoughts and beliefs around food and perfect health in a detrimental cycle. What we believe to be true creates our reality, and telling yourself, when making choices for what to consume, that ‘I can’t afford to eat healthily,’ will only inevitably lead to a very unhealthy mindset and body simultaneously!
Myth 4: Losing the Snacks is a Sure Step to Success
Cutting snacking from your diet or daily routine is not a sure step to success! Again, look at monkeys. They are constantly snacking throughout the day, and to the point where you could even say it has become one of their character traits. The man-made idea that there is a set structure one must follow to achieve perfect weight is actually a myth in itself. Cutting snacks and eating three meals a day does not necessarily mean you will lose weight. In many cultures and places around the world, the idea of three meals a day is ludicrous. Lots of people start their day with a simple piece of fruit or light porridge, oatmeal or muesli breakfast, fast and snack throughout the day, and have a healthy meal in the evening. In Islam, Muslims go for long periods of fasting and eat only at the end of each day.
In essence, ‘losing the snacks’ is not a sure step to success and, in many cases, can be slightly backward. Eating healthy snacks throughout the day and cutting massive meals is better for you. The human body doesn’t need ‘three-set meals a day,’ and all you have to do is look to the animal kingdom and non-western cultures to see the truth in this. Stay with the snacks, but make them healthy!
Myth 5: All Fats are Bad!
Essentially, there are different types of fats. Unsaturated fats are good types and can be found in a variety of foods. Avocados are a prime example. Avocados have both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can actually aid in your metabolism and ability to lose weight. Many vegetables, fruits, nuts, pulses and beans, and lean meats are high in mono and polyunsaturated fat and therefore, can be great for weight loss and balanced health.
Becoming conscious and mindful of the types of food you are eating, and what each food is made of, maybe one of the greatest steps in your journey to health and slimness. There is a lot of misinformation and miseducation around, and the best directions to look nowadays are towards nutritionists and holistic diet experts. The world of herbs is also a fascinating avenue for all aspects relating to living in a state of inner harmony, health, and balance, as herbs have a range of effects on your system, such as speeding up metabolism, aiding the immune system, digestive support and any disorders relating to anxiety or stress.
RESOURCES: WEBMD, HEALTHLINE, AND HEALTHY MAGAZINE