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Seeing is Achieving

Picture Weight Loss Success With Visual Cues

-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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Once you write something down or see a picture of your goal, your brain starts to work on that goal without you even realizing it. You’ll notice people wearing the same swimsuit you want; you’ll see bike and walking paths that you didn’t notice before; you’ll see healthier menu items that you skipped over in the past. You’ll be drawn toward making the right decisions.

Positive Pictures = Positive Progress
Another way visual cues can help keep your motivation high is through the power of positive association. Seeing a positive stimulus increases the production of serotonin, which is responsible for feelings of well-being and satisfaction. Seeing that same cue often enough builds a pattern of positive response that creates momentum. Soon, the positive feeling will transfer to your goals as well.

Dr. Daphne Stevens, a psychotherapist with 30 years’ experience working with weight control and fitness issues, says that this connection between picture and motivation only grows stronger as you achieve and see results. “Pardon the pun, but a sense of mastery ‘feeds’ on itself,” she says. “The satisfaction of doing positive things for the body substitutes for the quick-fix rush of sugar or simple carbs that put on the pounds.”

So write your goals down right now, plaster that fridge with positive pictures, tape an inspiring message to your dashboard, do whatever it takes to surround yourself with visual cues.

You’ll see success – both in your mind and in your life.

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Member Comments

  • Thanks for the advice! I'm going to write everything down and gather some photos. Great article! - 9/27/2013 9:22:58 AM
  • Thanks for drawing my attention back to the visual messages about health that are near my computer. I have a jeweled wire note card stand with an affirmation about well-being. There is also a watercolor miniature of a radiant being above the affirmation. It got moved out of the way recently. Now it is close to computer where I easily see it. - 8/25/2013 11:38:01 AM
  • Very interesting article, lots to think on. I will be rereading this one. - 9/23/2012 12:19:03 AM
  • As a mother with 2 dyslexic children, this article helped me to understand them and their learning struggles as well as me and my 18 year battle with my weight. Thank-you!!!!!! - 7/18/2011 10:31:02 AM
  • I'm def going to try this and see how it goes... - 7/8/2011 1:12:51 AM
  • I spend so much time commuting that the "message on the dash" seems like a good idea. - 4/22/2011 9:27:08 AM
  • Absolutely agree so thank you!

    Positive visuals create a momentum for positive results.....

    I am a believer ;) - 2/28/2011 11:31:50 AM
  • When my husband eats properly, it is easy for me to carry a healthy weight. - 2/26/2011 12:29:31 AM
  • Does this mean that if I post a pictures of my husband, he'll take control of himself instead of me? When he saw one picture he said, 'why did you take this, it makes me look fat?' Yet he takes lots of pictures of my backside (big side) because he likes to look at it.

    We also have some great pictures from a few years ago when he looked great. - 2/26/2011 12:27:06 AM
  • TORTOISE333
    I took a few "before" photographs when I first started on this journey and then, on a whim, I Photoshopped my profile image to greatly reduce my stomach size and the fat under my chin/jaw. The result was HIGHLY motivating to me. So much so, I've made it my desktop background image and put it on my Spark Page!

    I kinda/sorta remember being that size (about 20 years ago) and it's true what the article says -- seeing that image in my mind's eye helps me to take the actions necessary to achieve the result that I want. - 2/24/2011 3:00:06 AM
  • CONTRADICTION!
    Quote the article: "A picture of what you want (or donít want) to look like"
    Quote the article: "Positive pictures = positive progress"
    A picture of what you (don't want) to look like is negative. This does not "surround yourself with the positive." - 2/23/2011 6:59:13 PM
  • I enjoyed this article and reading the responses from other members. I, too, have discovered daily affirmations - not pictures but words. I think I will add pictures to that. Thanks for the good reminder and interesting article. - 2/23/2011 4:59:50 PM
  • SAC200
    This must be why when you are pregnant you see other pregnant people everywhere! - 2/23/2011 9:29:41 AM
  • This article reminded me of a time long ago when I was losing weight (which I'm still doing). I had cut out bodies of people in a magazine (that I thought I would like on me) and put a picture of my face on it and posted it. It did help and so by reading this article I find it runs along the same lines. So here's to posting. - 2/22/2011 4:29:49 PM
  • SHARON03GRIZ
    I have been saying my affirmations out loud every morning for a couple of mornings. I also have visuals images I look at every day. This is one of the tools that helps me stay motivated. Good article! - 2/22/2011 11:34:31 AM