Not only does your brain control all of your bodily functions and systems; it also plays a vital role in your wellbeing transformation. The reason for this is that your mind plays an essential role in habit formation – which is the foundation of any transformation. Once you’ve harnessed this power and reset your habits, you’re all set to achieve extraordinary lifestyle change. This is at the core of all LP programmes.
The key is awareness and the magic ingredient is consistency – what we pride ourselves on. When creating new habits, it makes total sense that you need to challenge your norm, step outside your comfort zone and be persistent.
As with every other muscle group, training the brain takes consistency and time (there’s no overnight fix). But with the right mindset and an attitude of curiosity, you can rewire your thought processes and understand what motivates you to achieve your goals.
In this post, we explore what Neuro Linguistic Programming is and how we use it to produce long-lasting lifestyle transformations.
What Is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
NLP is composed of three distinct disciplines:
- Neurology: How we think and our physiology
- Linguistic: Language and how it affects us
- Programming: How we motivate ourselves to achieve our goals
In essence, NLP is about tapping into motivation, understanding behaviour change and how to produce excellent results. This may sound complex, but it is something that we all constantly do on a daily basis – whether it is conscious or subconscious. It allows us to gain a deeper understanding of the intertwining’s of our mind and what drives us to make decisions.
All of our medically registered dietitians here at Louise Parker are trained in NLP to help you understand and rewire your thought patterns. Our role is to coach you to achieve fundamental changes in your thought patterns and supercharge your body transformation.
You Are What You Say You Are
Can you think back to a time in your life when you have felt your most confident self? When nothing could get in your way? You literally felt like superman! If you were to describe your physiology and state to a friend, what would you say?
Most of us would describe the state of confidence as standing tall with your shoulders drawn back, projecting your voice and walking with purpose. That physiology of course affects your internal thoughts and language. When you feel unstoppable and powerful – that is exactly what you are.
Essentially, your thoughts affect what you say; what you say becomes how you feel; how you feel impacts your physiology, which all together determines your state.
In contrast, when you are feeling upset and down, your physiology often matches your body language and state. Imagine if you began to tell yourself you will fail, there’s no point in trying, it’s too late and you are too old/ too young. What you focus on becomes your world, in turn breaking your positive and confident state. In other words, if you focus on everything you can’t do, don’t know, are not; there is no attention on what you do want.
Using NLP for Weight Loss
We understand change is daunting. Life has never felt busier and too often it can feel like we’re barely keeping our heads above water. On top of this, you’ve probably tried so many health kicks and nothing seems to be working. It can feel like a very depressing treadmill to be stuck on.
It might feel like it’s the missing piece of the jigsaw. You are determined, hard working and committed. You have a successful career and a wonderful family, yet you can’t achieve the lifestyle you crave. Sound familiar?
We 100% understand it. We see it in our clients every single day.
When it comes to weight loss, NLP is an approach we use to help facilitate change and give you a long-lasting lifestyle transformation. We use this method to coach you to reset your behaviours by reconnecting to the way you think.
By considering your thought pattern, your value and belief system and what we call ‘your map of the world’ you will gain a deeper understanding of what is driving your behaviours and motivation to change.
We all have many layers to our thinking patterns and how we perceive the world. With NLP, we are better able to peel back those layers to gain a better insight to the core of why we engage in certain behaviours, whether it is learnt from childhood or a newly developed habit.
If we understand the why and the how, we can challenge this and rewire your thought processes – resulting in behaviour change.
In this way, the transformation isn’t just something that you “do” for a fixed period of time — it is something you become. This is why the Louise Parker Method is so successful.
While fad diets promise short-term results, they do not address the history of behaviours such as mindless or emotional eating, why you can’t bare to leave food on your plate, or why you so strongly dislike exercise.
What if you could rewire your brain so that instead of focusing on how much you hate the taste of broccoli, you learnt to love the feeling of eating densely nutritious food? Instead of focusing on how hot and sweaty you are during your workout, you focus on the post-exercise feeling of elation and the buzz of all those endorphins?
NLP can be used to reset your attitude in situations you find challenging. By changing the modalities and sub-modalities that make you feel a certain way about food or activity, you can transform the way you think and act.
Our clients at LP completely transform their mindset by learning to unlock their potential. You are in control of your thoughts and behaviours and – with a little coaching from our dietitians – you begin to completely transform your lifestyle. The more we take control over things in our life the more empowered and flexible we become.
Creating flexibility and empowerment starts by asking you this simple question “What am I in control of?”
The Importance of Goal Setting
Your conscious mind is the goal-setting part of your brain — the part that tells you, you want more money, a better relationship, or you want to be able to run 5km, or squeeze into those skinny jeans.
Your subconscious part is the goal achiever; the part that creates the tangible steps to allow you to earn more money, improve your relationships, train for a run or improve your relationship with food. If your conscious and subconscious parts of your brain are out of sync and disconnected, it is highly unlikely goals and outcomes are achieved.
Unfortunately, connecting these two elements of our mind isn’t always straightforward. This is where NLP comes in. We help you move from what you currently have or where you currently are, to what you want and where you want to be. And we do it with kindness and compassion too.
Start Once and Just Don’t Stop
It is all too tempting to say “I’ll start my diet on Monday” before having one last hurrah and a boozy Sunday lunch. It’s part of the merry-go-round of weight loss, continually starting and stopping our ambitious goals.
Life has a way of throwing curve balls and obstacles that make sticking to your transformation tough. And if you deviate from your plan, you feel like you need to start all over again.
We use NLP to reconfigure the way you approach your transformation. Rather than becoming disheartened by the challenges, our coaching helps you to see that these are simply steps on the journey.
There’s no set date, no start-time and no end deadline because it’s a lifestyle – not a race to the finish.
When you change the way you approach your wellbeing transformation, you no longer have to cycle through feelings of guilt and failure. Instead, we learn through your experiences and guilt naturally fades. You decide to jump off the diet bandwagon, enjoy the journey and embrace progress over perfection.
If you want to find out more about how our registered dieticians can help you to rewire your thought patterns and transform with NLP, contact us today.