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Is Bob Proctor Right?  Is the Mind the Key to Real Weight Loss?

Bob Proctor Weight LossBob Proctor is a well known law of attarction personal success gury.  Recently, I came across a blurb in a throwaway newspaper that Mr. Proctor has written a book on weight loss.  From what I could gather, the book is not about counting calories or dieting (neither of which I believe in anyway).  Rather, it is about using the power of your mind to lose weight via changing your self image.  I have not been able to find out anymore about this book, and I don’t even see it listed on Bob Proctor’s site or at amazon.  However, it got me thinking about the role that the mind plays in long term weight loss, as well as every other aspect of our lives.


Our Mental Blueprints

Here’s what I’m getting at.  All of us, whether we are aware of it or not, carry around with us a mental blueprint of ourselves.  This blueprint has been created from past experience.  We use it as a guide to determine the kind of person we are.  We do not question it’s validity, we simply act on it as if it were true.

Will Power is not Enough

So, if your self-image is a belief that you have a sweet tooth that you can’t control, that you have no time for exercises, or that you love junk food, you are going to have a very difficult time reaching your weight loss goals.  Will power cannot help you overcome a negative self-image.  If you truly believe, deep down in your core, that you cannot resist junk food, then you can’t.  In this instance, will power is like a weak dam holding back a negative self-image flood.  At some point, the dam will burst and wash away your good intentions, not to mention any short term weight loss that you may have achieved.

The Tragic Example of Anorexics

One of the most dramatic examples of how self -mage affects people’s behavior is in the case of anorexics.  Anorexics have a self-image of themselves that they are fat.  No matter what anyone tells them, including their own gaunt reflections in a mirror, will convince them otherwise.  For an anorexic to pull herself out of this death spiral, she will have to change her self-image to reflect the reality of who she really is.

More to Come

I don’t have much more to say on this topic at the moment, although I believe it is really important.  When Bob Proctor’s book comes out, I will most likely read it and post whatever I learn here.  If you are interested in this topic, you may want to check out a book called “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz.  I suspect it deals with many of the same ideas as Proctor’s book will.

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