Is Weight Loss Really All in the Mind?

If you’ve ever spent countless hours thinking about how you’ll one day get curves like sexy Latina Sofia Vergara or rock-hard abs like LL Cool J (Did I mention he’s in his 40s?), then you’re already on your way to your weight loss goal.

According to a new study released in the journal “Psychology and Health”, visualization helps stimulate better eating habits which eventually leads to weight loss. One hundred and seventy-seven students at the McGill University in Canada were asked to make a concrete plan about what they are going to eat for the week, focusing specifically on their fruit intake. The study found that “making an action plan and visualizing yourself carrying it out will help you reach your goals”.

In a span of a week the students were asked to visualize what kind of fruit they were going to eat, where they were going to get the fruit, and how they were going to prepare the fruit before eating it. The results were highly favourable, with those who did the visualization exercise eating an average of 3.85 servings of fruit a day as compared to those that didn’t do any visualization eating only 2.23 servings of fruit a day.

As explained by researcher Barbel Knauper, professor of psychology at McGill University, the study proves that those with a solid diet plan are “better at acting on their intentions.” Of course this visualization exercise is not just applicable to increasing fruits in your diet. The technique can also be applied to your existing diet, for example, if you want to include more fat burning foods in your diet then just visualize filling your shopping cart with food proven to have a fat burning effect such as apples, pears, mangoes, cabbage, and chicken and then making a healthy salad when you get home.

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