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The Little Thing in Your Head That's Keeping You
By Tom Venuto
I have no doubt that a scientist somewhere just read the title of this article and said
out loud, “YES! Venuto is right! That little thing in your head – the hypothalamus – it IS the thing that is
keeping you fat! By George, that Venuto guy isn’t a dumb bodybuilder after all – he’s been doing his research!” At
which moment, I will be shaking my head and thinking, “you need to get out of the laboratory and into the real
world, with real people, buddy.” Okay, okay, to be fair, Neuro-endocrine control of appetite and body fat really is
quite fascinating. But today, I’m talking about PSYCH-ology, not PHYSI-ology. The little thing in
your head that’s keeping you fat is actually just a….Limiting belief!
Self-limiting beliefs are among the biggest problems that people deal with in their
struggles to achieve a healthy ideal weight. They’re also one of the reasons that so many people start to falter or
fall off the diet and exercise wagon as early as late January or early February in their New Year’s goal
If you’re that science guy I spoke of and you’re about to bail because you’re thinking,
“Here we go again… another psycho-babble, self help article,” then think again. A belief is the force behind the
placebo effect, which is well known by every scientist and medical professional. A respected doctor gives a patient
a pill and is told it’s a powerful drug. The patient gets well immediately, not knowing that the “miraculous”
substance was a dummy pill. Inert. Sugar. The miracle was in the mind.
But beliefs are not only involved in the mind-body connection, they are unconscious
programs that control your behavior. The most important factor in whether you achieve the body and the health you
want is NOT what diet or training program you follow. It’s what makes you follow your diet and training program.
And guess what? What you believe controls your behavior - whether you will stick with your program or sabotage it
with cheating, bingeing or inconsistency.
What to do about limiting beliefs
Ok, so now you agree that beliefs are psychological factors that
physically by controlling your behavior, including your eating,
lifestyle. What now? 3 steps. 2 questions.
STEP 1: IDENTIFY LIMITING
You are fully aware of many of your beliefs. For example, beliefs about spirituality or
politics are usually in the front of your conscious mind.
But the beliefs that hold back your health and physical development the most are
usually the ones you don’t even know you have. They are like unconscious “brain software,” running silently in the
So the first step is to bring those unconscious and potentially damaging beliefs up to
the surface so you are aware of them. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t know you have one.
2 Quick Questions That Will Help Draw Out Your Beliefs
Beliefs can go back to childhood, but don’t worry, you don’t have to go to a
psychotherapist and be regressed back to kindergarten. It’s simpler than that. But it does pay to do this
questioning process as a formal “exercise” with serious quiet time, with pen and paper (instead of just thinking
Question #1: What causes me to be overweight (or unhealthy, or not having
the body I want)?
Question #2: What’s preventing me from getting leaner? (or healthier?)
Spend some time with it and see how big of a list you can create. Ask yourself whether
each belief helps or hurts you. Does it move you forward or backward. Does it empower or disempower you? The ones
that hurt you or hold you back will be obvious. You may come up with beliefs such as:
“I’m overweight and I can’t get leaner because”:
I have no time
I’m too old
I can’t stop eating
I hate exercise
You just can’t do it when you have 4 kids
It’s impossible after having a hip replacement
But the million dollar question is: are these beliefs actually true?
Beliefs are not facts. You may hold your beliefs as absolute reality, but when you
deconstruct them and challenge them, you may see that they don’t hold any water.
Self limiting beliefs are false interpretations (negative thought patterns) that hold
you back. And you keep holding on to them because making excuses and staying the same is a lot more convenient than
changing, isn’t it? Change requires hard work, effort and leaving your comfort zone.
Your mission now: weaken the limiting
beliefs and get rid of them
STEP 2: CHALLENGE THOSE
How do you challenge a belief? 4 ways:
(A) Challenge it directly: Is the belief even valid at all? See if you can
find a “counter example” that disproves your belief. For example; if you think that after you’ve had 3 or 4 kids,
it’s impossible to get a nice flat stomach, what will you say after I introduce you to a dozen of my clients and
readers who had 3 or 4 kids and went from bulging belly to rock-hard flat stomach? If they did it, then how could
your belief be valid? Answer: It WASN’T! You believed something false and inaccurate and it was holding you
(B) Challenge the source: Is it your belief, or have you been
living what your parents, peers or culture handed down to you? Just the realization that a belief wasn’t yours to
begin with is enough to shatter it.
(C) Challenge the usefulness of the belief: Ok, so you believed something
when you were younger. Does still believing it has any usefulness today? Does it help you move closer to what you
want in your life today? If not, then wouldn't today be a good time to get rid of it?
(D) Challenging the belief by weighing the consequences: If you keep this
belief, what is it going to cost you? What will the pain be like? What will you miss? And what will these
consequences be if you don’t change it NOW?
STEP 3: INSTALL A NEW
Nature abhors a vacuum, as Spinoza once said. You don’t simply get rid of a belief, you
must also replace it. What things would you want and need to believe instead that would create positive behaviors
that would move you toward your goal? Write them down, then massage them into an affirmation. For example, if
you’ve hung your hat on the belief that you didn’t have time to exercise, could you write a new affirmation of
belief similar to this?
“I’m a very busy person, so that means I must set clear priorities and I must keep
my health and body on the top of my priority list. I always schedule time for my most important priorities, I am
efficient with my training, and I use every minute of my day wisely. And if Barack Obama, the busiest person in the
world, can train for 45 minutes a day 6 days a week, there’s no excuse for me. I can do it too.”
Write down your new belief affirmations and read them, right along with your goals, every day.
Then “activate” this affirmation by doing what Olympic and professional athletes do:
engaging in mental rehearsal. Visualize yourself carrying out the behaviors that this belief would generate. Think
about and feel what it would be like to take those positive actions steps and play mental movies of how your life
would change by doing so. Involve all your senses: see it, hear it, feel it.
Keep it up until you start to see your behavior change and your habitual actions come
into alignment with your goals/intentions. If you’re diligent, you’ll see changes in attitude and behavior with
21-30 days. It may happen sooner. It may take longer if you’ve carried deep, lifelong limiting beliefs. But in less
than a month, the roots of the new belief pattern will be formed.
Then you can update your goals and affirmations to reflect your current priorities and move on to the next goal
you want to achieve or the next limiting belief you want to change. Keep THAT up, and pretty soon, you will be
BELIEVE ME, spending quality time understanding and working on your beliefs is a lot more productive than
spending time in forums arguing about whether a low carb program is better than a high carb program… or even
whether the cure for obesity is found in the arcuate nucleus of the lower hypothalamus. It’s in your head all
right… but most people have been looking in the wrong place.
Train hard and expect success,
Fat Loss Coach
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