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How many times have you told yourself ‘right, I really am getting fat, I need to lose some weight!’? Or maybe a family member or close friend has gotten in your ear and hinted that perhaps you should think about losing a few pounds. I can completely understand that if you are feeling a little heavier than you want to, that you may like to do something about it, and you are certainly not alone! There is a good reason that the US weight loss market was worth approximately $60 billion in 2015! However, I’d love to propose that you consider flicking the phrase ‘losing weight’ to the curb, and here’s why!

Firstly, do you like to lose, in general?

Do you like to lose objects and things? I certainly don’t – how frustrating! And when you do lose things, do you hope to find them again? Think about that for a moment. Our brains are really clever at doing their job. If we tell them the same BS story for long enough, they will believe said BS. In fact, they will believe whatever they are told if repeated enough – but we must communicate in a clear and precise way! We need to really consider the language and way in which we talk to ourselves. If you are constantly talking about wanting to lose weight due to being fat, all that will be heard is the focus around your weight and being fat. Is that what you want to focus on?

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Secondly, do you want to lose weight, or do you want to release it?

I know that I am carrying around a few extra protective pounds and I sure as hell don’t want it to return once it is gone! I don’t want to lose it on the off chance it finds its way back – I want to release it, set it free! A simple change in the words we use (and tell ourselves) can have a very profound effect!

Now, do you want to lose, or release, weight? Or release fat?

Because there is a huge difference! Weight loss and fat loss are very different things. You could easily ‘lose some weight’ by decreasing your muscle mass or releasing some water weight, or chopping off a leg! But that is not going to improve your health. So, is it really weight loss that you are searching for? Here’s my 2 cents worth – change your thoughts to change your outcome. Change your focus and the story you are telling yourself and great results will follow. Instead of focusing on wanting to ‘lose weight’, how about you instead switch your focus to gaining health!

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Final thoughts

When you put a positive spin on those thoughts, and you are now focusing on gaining health and all the ways you can do this, you are sending a fabulous message to your brain and body. You are sending a great message to the universe so she can help deliver what you desire. By concentrating on adding in the ‘good stuff’, or elements of improving your health, the ‘bad stuff’, including the fat you want to release, will deplete over time and sort itself out. The more positive stuff you can add in, the less room there is for the negative. There is only room for so much ‘stuff’! Don’t focus on wanting to lose weight gorgeous – instead, gain health!

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Krystal Gordon

Krystal Gordon, creator of self-care program Love Nourish Be and global ambassador for the Body Image Movement, is extremely passionate about empowering women to be their most amazing, authentic selves using an honest, holistic and heart-centred approach to wellness. After a lifetime of being at war with her body, this busy Mama transformed her life (and health) through self-love, acceptance and vulnerability, and along the way discovered her true purpose of inspiring other women to do the same.

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