Succeeding in weight-loss requires a “mindset shift”, a study has found. Researchers now say that practicing mindfulness, otherwise known as Functional Imagery Training, will bring five times more weight loss.
The name may come across a bit science-ish, but Functional Imagery Training (FIT) is in fact very simple. It is a behavior change technique that is used to achieve all life goals, and many of us use it unconsciously in our everyday lives. FIT basically tells us that visualizing our desired near future gives us the motivational push we need to succeed. Therefore, imagining yourself thin sets you up for success, and is like a compass that will sail you to your final destination in your weight-loss journey.
What’s more, visualizing just how much better your life would be once you shed the extra pounds, is just as important, according to The Telegraph. Sure, everyone wants to look as thin and hot as Hailey Baldwin. But FIT is about creating a detailed mental image of what’s best for you as an individual. Just imagine how great you’d feel without the unhealthy weight.
Of course, this idea isn’t entirely new. Weight-loss experts have reiterated for years that weight-loss starts in the mind. But thanks to the study conducted by the University of Plymouth and the Queensland University of Technology, we now have scientific proof that might prompt dieters to take visualization a bit more seriously.
Researchers at the Universities compared results from 141 people who lost weight with two different weight-loss techniques. Motivational interviewing, where dieters are encouraged to talk about their needs, or FIT. What’s interesting is that participants were offered no professional dieting or exercise advice. They basically had to lose weight just by firing up their willpower, and the results are mind-boggling. Participants who used FIT lost an average of five and a half times more weight than those who used MI.The results suggest that mental visualization isn’t hocus pocus and definitely not time wasted on unproven theories. Our minds are powerful and they are the key to take control of our lives, and our bodies. So stop making excuses and use FIT to get fit!