Can Subliminal Messaging Help You Lose Weight?
- Subliminal messaging isn’t a new concept; it’s been used in advertising and other media to influence people ever since the ‘50s, and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in many different studies.
- But can subliminal messaging really help you lose weight?
- Let’s take a look at how it works, whether or not it can help you, and what some of the best resources are that can show you how to use it to your advantage.
Yes, but with some caveats
A study from 1986 examined subliminal messaging for weight loss. The results suggested that subliminal (binaural) messaging does have an effect on whether or not people lose weight and keep it off.
However, unlike other studies that are supported by evidence, there isn’t solid scientific proof about how much of an impact subliminal messaging has on you as a person trying to lose weight.
In short, there is no way to know if it works or if its just another scam being pushed by snake oil salesmen in infomercials. That said, with some common sense guidelines, the odds seem good.
There’s a few points to consider before jumping headfirst into using subliminal messaging for weight loss:
1) Make sure you’re hungry before using the tapes; otherwise your stomach will growl loudly during the session, defeating the purpose of focusing solely on what’s going on inside your head.
2) Have plenty of water nearby when doing this type of self-hypnosis; dehydration can bring out lots of hunger pangs which will override any benefits attained from listening to the tape in this manner.
3) Be patient!
How subliminal messaging works
The idea behind subliminal messaging is that when you hear or see something below your conscious awareness, it can influence you.
In fact, it turns out there’s some truth to that—subliminal messaging can encourage people to eat more slowly and it can improve their moods.And while those might seem like small things, they add up over time.
For example, an investment bank in Australia added a short video of fast-paced city scenes to its elevators and found that workers took 10% fewer breaks on days they used them compared with days where they skipped it.
5 Ways to Use Subliminal Messages for Weight Loss
1. Focus on How Good You’ll Feel Once You’ve Lost It 2. Don’t Be Afraid to Set Big Goals 3. Start a Daily Workout Habit 4. Visualize Yourself Where You Want to Be 5. Find Your Own Way to Stay Motivated!
One of the best ways to stay motivated is by staying active and working out daily. If you’re not an early morning person, set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than usual and do something quick like some push-ups or jumping jacks before hitting the snooze button again.
Exercise is important because it releases endorphins which make you feel good and reduce stress and anxiety levels. The more often you work out, the better mood you’ll be in throughout the day which will help motivate you even more!
Download a subliminal messaging app
Depending on your phone, there are a couple of different apps you can use to send yourself subliminal messages (i.e., messages that will influence you but aren’t immediately obvious).
The first is called Brain.fm and costs $3 per month; it plays ambient sounds that are said to help you concentrate or relax depending on which section of your schedule you listen to them in.
The second app is called iSubTM and costs $9.99; it features nature sounds and soothing music to help calm your mind so you can work more effectively when necessary.
Listen to your playlist every day
Music can make you happy, reduce stress and improve your mood. It is a proven fact that listening to music while exercising will help you exercise for longer and at higher intensity.
Music is also a great way to change up your daily routine and keep it interesting, which will help you stay committed to working out over time.
Keeping your workouts fun and different is important for staying dedicated long-term. Creating music playlists that match your goals is a great idea too!
If you’re trying to lose weight, try finding songs with empowering lyrics or find specific beats per minute (BPM) or tempos to move your body at when running on an elliptical machine for example.
Believe in Yourself
The subconscious mind is powerful. If you really believe that you can lose weight and succeed, your mind will be better able to help you reach your goals.
If you are constantly thinking about why it’s not possible for you to lose weight, your subconscious mind will work against you.
To help trigger positive thoughts that allow subliminal messaging to help you in a big way, start every day by writing down three reasons why you want to lose weight and keep it up on a vision board near your desk or in another space where it can serve as daily motivation.
Write Down your Goals
It’s a proven fact that people who write down their goals accomplish far more than those who don’t. While everyone from actors to CEOs use journals as powerful tools for goal-setting, it’s never too late to get started.
In fact, making sure you have a way to achieve your goals is an important step in starting any diet or exercise program. Make sure you write them down so you can refer back to them and track your progress over time!
For example, say you want to lose 10 pounds in the next three months. Here are some questions to consider:
What foods do I want to eat (and avoid)? What should my portion sizes be? How much physical activity should I do each day? How many calories should I consume daily (or cut out of my diet)? What other habits need work?
The more specific your goals are, the better chance of success you will have. Keep referring back to this list of questions throughout the duration of your weight loss journey – it will help guide you on how to create healthy habits for life.
Take Baby Steps
Small, steady lifestyle changes can lead to substantial results. It’s difficult (and nearly impossible) to lose 20 pounds overnight, but dropping 5 pounds every month for three months can take you from fat to fit.
The trick is not to be too aggressive. Start by incorporating small changes into your daily routine and being flexible when you have days that aren’t as successful as others.
Before long, these minor adjustments will add up! If you need help getting started, consider seeking out a dietitian or a personal trainer who can assist with meal planning and exercise routines—just don’t forget to schedule some you time for self-care!