You’re fat and you know it!
You may think you already know the reason why you are fat, but you do not. You think it’s because you just don’t have enough time and motivation for exercise. You think it’s because you love food and don’t have enough willpower to reduce enough.
You have no idea!
The real reason why you have gained weight will shock you: Because you have the mind of a well-trained athlete. Don’t laugh yet.
Have you ever noticed how fast athletes gain when they retire from competition? It’s scary.
The same reason that athletes are good at sports later leads them to bloat – they have especially “trainable” subconsciousness.
If you understand the mechanism, you can learn to control your weight without diet, suffering or an inhuman training plan.
Weight Loss and Your Athletic Mind
Before I continue, I would like to say that it is true: the immediate cause of weight gain is what you eat and how you live. I am not preaching pseudosciences here.
However, it is difficult to control what you eat and how you live, and I will show you why. If you think that you can change your behavior pattern with pure willpower – then you just haven’t really tried it yet.
Sure, you and I are proud to be reasonable adults, to have control over our choices and our destiny. But that’s just a lot of shit. In truth, we rarely do anything that causes us short-term inconvenience.
Do you think differently?
Go take a straight cold shower just to prove who’s in control. For two days without solid food. It may not hurt you, but it will make your body angry. And the fact is that we are usually slaves to the reaction patterns established by our bodies. I am sorry, but it is true.
The Key to Controlling Your Body is Controlling Your Mind.
Training your body is about training your mind. We are not talking about calculation here, but about your subconscious – where deep emotions, established patterns, habits and immediate reactions live.
You are a kind of Trinity
- A lazy body
- A wise and moody consciousness, and
- A cumbersome but constant subconscious that does most of the work here.
You probably already know that the subconscious provides emotional responses to enhance “good” behavior (like eating pizza) – but what you may not know is that the subconscious is also responsible for all athletic abilities.
Even simple stuff like walking or typing is a constant interaction of conscious commands and unconscious reactions. For example, when you learn to shoot a basketball, you actually use the conscious mind to burn in a pattern that develops into a subconscious skill set. Once you’ve really mastered a move, you “don’t have to think about it anymore”.
If you’re still thinking about the mechanics of a dance step, it’s a sign that you haven’t “learned” it yet. This means that your subconscious mind cannot yet take power.
Once you have “learned” the skill, your consciousness only needs to carry out the command and the subconscious performs the action.
To better understand your psychology, we compare your mind to a few animals: Imagine a chimpanzee riding on the back of an elephant.
The subconscious is like a slow, stupid, strong elephant, while your consciousness is like the smart, fast chimpanzee.
Chimp (Conscious Mind)
- Thinks he’s in control.
- Not creative
- Slow learner with great memory
- Fantastic reflexes (ok, so the metaphor is not perfect)
- Normally under control
The Willpower Myth
The beauty of this little metaphor is that it allows me to point to the absurdity of the whole concept of “willpower” in the sense of the conscious mind that overwhelms the subconscious with a demonstration of brute force.
Seriously, imagine the chimpanzee wrestling the elephant. Where is the “raw power” of the chimpanzee? The elephant will just sit on it and the game is over.
By the way, that’s exactly the end of any diet if it’s only supported by willpower.
The subconscious is a powerful element of your mind. You can control it by persuasion, but not by brute force.
The Elephant, the Stick, and the String.
In Indonesia, elephants were used in construction work for their power and obedience. Throughout the day the elephant moves hundreds of tons of stone and wood and at night he went on his straw bed and is tied up. Do you know how big the rope must be to hold an elephant? It is just a small string tied to a stick that is driven into the ground.
You see, when the elephant was very young, it was tied with the same stick and the same string – and it was too small to move freely. For the rest of his life, he remembers it and never questions the superior strength of stick and string. Think about it.
What are you really capable of? To be honest, you have no idea. Your limits are defined by the experience of childhood – and are not related to your abilities as an adult.
Like the elephant, you are emotionally bound to childhood ideas. Most of your adult personality is just a protective cage built by a frightened child. What would you offer to have the power to redefine yourself?
Now the good news: You are not only an elephant you are also a part of a chimpanzee! That could have sounded better, but no matter. Your mind has a subtle, smart, conscious facet that gives you the ability to reprogram your entire mind.
That’s right, your consciousness (the chimpanzee) has the ability to completely rewrite and control your entire mental reality.
This ability defines man – it makes us the most flexible animals in the world and allows us to train our minds to do amazing things.
From concert grand pianos to extreme sports, the enormous power of the mind is harnessed through this unique human ability.
Okay, So Now What Does All This Mean For Weight Loss?
Remember that the elephant learns and repeats behavioral patterns that are taught to it – so the real question is “how to teach the subconscious”.
Here is the simple single trick that people need to understand. By understanding this easy principle, you can be the master of your own mind.
You will also understand why our educational system doesn’t work (but that’s another article).
Our subconscious ignores most of what we tell it because we bark at it in the wrong language. The language of the subconscious is EMOTION. With the barometer of our emotions, the subconscious is able to determine the meaning of a certain behavior.
For example, if you want to learn a new skill. You work hard to learn, but you don’t enjoy the task and your emotions say, “This is shit, I wish I was somewhere else, how long is this going to take?”
Well, it will take much longer because you are transmitting to your subconscious the message “ignore this activity, just go on, there is nothing to see here”. How was your emotional state and how easy did you learn in high school?
It may not feel like it, but you have full control over your conscious emotions. And this is the basic method of programming the subconscious. It is undoubtedly a form of natural hypnosis. While traditional hypnosis works by pushing the conscious mind aside, emotional programming works with the conscious mind – but with the same effect.
Now to the dark side: Do you remember, as I mentioned, that there are three aspects? Body, consciousness, and subconscious? Well, as it turns out, your body is busy programming your subconscious all the time.
For example, if you are hungry, and you bite into a slice of thick cheesy pizza – at this point, your body (on an emotional level) screams “this is good activity, very very good activity”.
Hungry pangs are actually unconscious patterns based on years of such programming.
Fortunately, the Mind is Completely Reprogrammable.
Now that you understand the basic mechanics of programming your mind, you can immediately put them into practice. What you will do is replace the desire for food with the desire for movement.
This technique is fun and very powerful because instead of working against years of programming, you will do some mental ju-jitsu and simply translate an existing desire for food into a desire for movement. Magic? It’s better!
It’s very simple: First, you will stop eating for a while (non-sugar drinks are fine). This is not a diet plan, we are not trying to lose weight yet. We are just trying to stimulate a hunger reaction.
Now, when you begin to feel the initial hunger, do this:
Take a deep breath, relax and feel the hunger – then don’t think about food. Imagine instead doing sit-ups and absolutely loving it. That’s right, visualize yourself hungry and do sit-ups and let yourself be flooded with a feeling of joy and satisfaction. Then return to what you’ve always done.
In a few minutes, when the next hunger comes, repeat this mental exercise. Go through it for about an hour and then take a light snack. During eating (particularly while eating), visualize yourself doing sit-ups and loving it. Connect your imagination of hunger, food, sit-ups,
Hunger, food, sit-ups,
and joy? This is crazy.
Maybe, but what you are doing is combining desirable behavior with a very well-established response pattern. You will be amazed at how you can use this technique to create a deep urge for sit-ups. The mind is really amazing.
By the way, after a few days go ahead and give up the urge for a few sit-ups. During training, be sure to continue the emotional feedback by “enjoying” the movement.
If you feel that you are not enjoying the process, take immediate control of your emotions or stop training. It’s useless to sabotage your efforts to burn a few extra calories.
Don’t push your body, push your mind! Your mind is the only gym that really matters. After all, your mind will power your body and you will be able to enjoy the process.
I remember a few years ago when I first experimented with this technique. When I first started longing for sit-ups, I realized that doing sit-ups would physically relieve any feeling of hunger for an hour or so. I thought I’d stumbled across the strangest diet plan ever, the “stupid, happy sit-up diet.
But really what I had discovered was the ability to consciously sublimate deep longings to achieve the desired goal.
The mind is amazing, but it just doesn’t come with a user manual. Most of the time it works pretty well with the autopilot, so we rarely learn to open the hood and reach its full potential.
That’s a shame because most of what we want in life – success, happiness, health, good relationships, the satisfaction of performance – these things are all within our reach and all that keeps us back is, you guessed it, a string and a stick.