In a new book, Think Thin, Be Thin: 101 Psychological Ways to Lose Weight, psychotherapist Doris Wild Helmering says that changing how you talk can change how you eat. "People who have a good self-image do better on diets because they believe they can," she says. Start by dropping verbal self-abuse—if you wouldn't call a friend a "big fat slob," you shouldn't refer to yourself that way. Use present-tense verbs to boost yourself into a new zone: Maybe you used to be too lazy to exercise, but not anymore. Eliminate weasel words like planning and hoping when you tell others about your goals, and you'll subconsciously reinforce the possibility of success. (You're not trying to eat healthier, you're doing it.) Even body language counts. Straighten your shoulders, raise your chin, walk tall, and you'll be prepared for change.
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