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Becoming ft
can be as easy
as driving a car.
Only thing is you
should train yourself
to be perfect.
If you are like Louise and millions of
others who have tried diet after diet
without any signifcant results, you
have failed to reprogram your brain to a
healthier lifestyle.
If you get behind the wheel of a car
without knowing how to drive, you are
far more likely to cause an accident. The
same goes for any skill. If you lack proper
education and practice, you are less
likely to be successful in that particular
area. Changing your lifestyle is no
different. It takes education and practice
to change your lifestyle. If you know how
to, it is as easy as learning how to drive
a car.
Remember how diffcult it was when
you sat behind the wheel for the frst
time? You had to focus all your efforts
on driving to avoid accidents. Now, if
you think about how much effort and
attention is required for you to drive
today, you realize that hardly any effort
goes into it. The reason is because you
have created neuro-pathways in your
brain that control your driving without
any conscious effort. Whenever you sit
behind the wheel your brain goes on
“automatic pilot”. You can learn to use
the same techniques to implement long-
lasting dietary and lifestyle changes into
your life.
If you are like Louise and have been
eating unhealthily all of your life you fnd
comfort in eating certain food. You have
created neuro-pathways in your brain
that basically control that behaviour.
Neuro-pathways are created in the brain
through repeated behavior or thoughts
until they become automatic. Most of
our neuro-pathways are formed when
we are children and are best described
as habits. Anything you do repeatedly,
either as a part of your daily routine or as
a response to some external or internal
cue, becomes a habit. The more you
repeat that same behaviour, response or
thoughts, the more you strengthen the
neuro associations in your brain.
It is said that repetition
is the key to success and
it is also true of failure.
Repeating a certain
destructive behavior or
thought can have a deep
rooted affect on who you
become, how you feel,
how you think and how
you behave.
At this point you might think you are
doomed as you already have neuro-
pathways that are now preventing
you from achieving your goal of losing
weight and becoming healthier. The
good news is that hardwired neuro-
pathways can be changed, old ones can
be deleted and new ones can be formed
instead. In fact we do it all the time.
Whenever you learn something new and
you pay attention to it you are creating a
new neuro-pathway and whenever you
stop doing something you have done for
long time you delete another.
There are three reasons most people
fail when attempting to change their
lifestyle or other behavior patterns.
Firstly people attempt to create too
many new neuro-pathways at once,
that is, they start exercising vigorously
along with changing all their eating
habits at the same time. Secondly
people don’t give themselves enough
time to eliminate old integrated behavior
patterns; they cut out all the bad
things they love, thinking it is the only
way to go. This results in a feeling of
deprivation, loss and lack of pleasure.
Thirdly People tend to change their old
comfortable habits to new uncomfortable
habits and that doesn’t work. Who
wants to feel dead after their frst session
in the gym? And who wants to eat nasty
unfavoured food even for a day?   
Remember this, how certain food makes
you feel is learned, it is part of how you
have programmed your subconscious
mind. Anytime you wish you can
reprogram your subconscious mind to
feel differently about that specifc food.
You can learn to enjoy a healthy lifestyle
in the same way you learned how to
drive a car.
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