Thinking Yourself Thin (or Not)
Thinking Yourself Thin (or Not)
by Charlotte Siems
A few years ago researchers studied 84 female housekeepers in seven different hotels who typically clean fifteen rooms a day. The women were measured for physical health variables affected by exercise.
Then two Harvard University psychologists told half the women (untruthfully) that their daily work alone constituted enough exercise to make them lose weight and stay healthy.
In 2007, Psychological Science reported that the women in the group who were told (and believed) that they were getting enough exercise lost weight, lowered their blood pressure, and had significantly healthier body-fat percentage, body mass index, and waist-to-hip ratio, while the others had no changes.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could think ourselves thin?
Wait a minute, can we?
Well, sort of. Sitting on the couch and consuming a half-gallon of ice cream every morning will definitely have a different effect than lacing up your shoes and doing a vigorous workout every morning. The little things you do every day do matter.
But all things being equal, what effect do your thoughts have?
What would be the difference between:
Doing a T-Tapp workout five days a week, eating moderate portions, and constantly thinking (and saying), “I look terrible! I’m so fat. Look at these thighs. I look pregnant. This probably isn’t working. I’m not losing inches as fast as she is. I’m sick of this. I don’t wanna work out.”
Doing a T-Tapp workout five days a week, eating moderate portions, and constantly thinking (and saying), “I’m moving towards my goal. I can see myself thinner. I feel great! I can’t wait to see how this is healing my body. I’m so proud of myself.”
Why don’t you try the experiment? Be your own researcher.
Catch yourself when you think negative thoughts and immediately switch them around. Think thin thoughts, kind thoughts, good thoughts.
Better yet, believe the good thoughts and take action. We don’t act on what we know. We act on what we believe. Our actions are showing what we believe.
You’re moving towards your goal. You can see yourself thinner. You feel great! You can’t wait to see how this is healing your body. I’m SO proud of you!
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“We don’t act on what we know. We act on what we believe. Our actions are showing what we believe.” Wow! That hit my spirit!
This is so true! More challenging than doing the work is fighting my pea-brain that wants to focus on the negative far too often. Thanks for this great inspiration and reminder!
Great article! Thank you!!
Well said! As a man (or woman) thinks in his heart, so is he.
The kind people over at T-Tapp pointed me to your blog because I am 41yrs. old, 300 plus pounds, and desperate to get some weight off because I would love to have a child (my first). They felt your story would be an inspiration to me and I can tell you that it 100% is!! And, I love this post. I am starting to really understand in my core how positive/negative thinking effect a person and especially weight loss. Thank you for the post and the blog. You are really helping me see that I can make a positive difference in my life! (and then hopefully others as well)
Yes, you absolutely can make a positive difference in your life. T-Tapp began a real journey of personal growth (and loss!) for me and it can do that for you, too. Best wishes on your journey!
I would like to learn more about thoughts/confessions…