Many of my clients were initially overweight, not all, but most. In fact, more than 60 percent of my clients came to me so I can help them lose weight. The other 40 percent is a mixture of people who want to live longer, who want to look sexier, who want to add muscle to their physique, or who just want to live a healthy, energy-rich life.
Today, I’m going to focus on helping those who want to lose weight, not because I think the topic of weight loss is more important than other topics I could cover, but because I think I need to clear up a few false ideas circulating in the industry.
First and foremost, if you’re overweight, there’s a very good chance you have a low metabolism! I know that might not be shocking to you; you may have already thought that you had a slow metabolism. But here’s why I’m restating it:
Having a slow metabolism means you can eat “only a little” and still gain more weight than your neighbor who eats far more than you every day of their life.
Your metabolism is basically a bunch of organs and glands that are responsible for regulating how your body burns food for fuel and how it converts that food into energy. These include the thyroid, pancreas, stomach, small and large intestines, and the colon.
When you have a slow metabolism, there’s a good chance that one or more of these systems is out of balance or just plain not working properly (and that’s almost always due to improper living, disease, drugs or a severe accident).
But there are more causes for being overweight other than having a low metabolism. You see, overweight people tend to eat when they’re not hungry, they tend to have a larger appetite, they tend to eat “diet foods” more often (which are rarely conducive to weight loss as the label suggests), they tend to eat before they go to bed, and, worst of all, they tend to see themselves as being overweight.
Now, you can clean up almost all of this mess by living a healthy lifestyle, and if you’re an avid reader of this blog, or if you’ve read any of my books or listened to any of my audio programs, then you already know all the basics associated with living a lean, healthy lifestyle.
But the underlying problem that can never be cleared up simply with your actions is the way you see yourself when you close your eyes.
My studies at the National Metabolic and Longevity Research Center have taught me that overweight people constantly think about their weight in a negative way, thus creating the undesired effect. It’s true that you become what you think about, and if you constantly see yourself as being fat, you’ll never be thin!
Here’s a tip: For the next 30 days (it takes 28 to 30 days to change how you subconsciously think of yourself), take a few minutes in the morning and picture a great-looking, tight, sexy body from head to toe, and then put your face on that body. Do this exercise again in the midafternoon, and then again right before you fall asleep at night.
Do this for 30 days, and I guarantee you’ll experience a dramatic change in the way your body looks.
Here’s to your mega-health,
Until next time,
Christopher Guerriero is the founder of the National Metabolic & Longevity Research Center, the host of the new television show called “The Energy Factor,” and author of more than 20 books and audio programs including the global bestseller Maximize Your Metabolism. His other titles include The 2 Day Workout, The Psychology of Weight Loss and The Art of Living Thin.