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Here's How to Rev Up Your Willpower

Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 09:58 AM

By Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Michael Roizen, M.D.

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Will Power may hit 225 mph in his Formula 1 Indy car, but that's hardly moving compared with the speed with which weight-loss willpower can vamoose when faced with your favorite cookie or a plate of fried chicken.

But if you want to stay on track (sorry about the bad pun), you can rev up your stick-to-it engine and cruise to the finish line thinner, healthier and feeling younger.
Want to motor up your willpower and supercharge your self-control? Here's what to focus on:

-Strengthen your desire to feel better and look great. Try meditating 10 minutes a day using a mantra to guide you. Your mantra might be: "Food does not stress me; I eat for health." Then sit comfortably in a quiet space and repeat that to yourself (silently or out loud) as you let your breath move in and out in a peaceful rhythm.

-Do willpower exercises: If you have the urge to eat something that's not healthy, decide to flex your willpower muscles instead. Pump up the power and give yourself a pep talk:
"Today, I choose fresh veggies and fruit!" As you use those muscles, they grow stronger and stronger. Soon you won't have to challenge yourself; you'll naturally opt for the healthier choices.

-Bonus tip: Flex your muscles - any muscles - as you tell yourself you WILL do the best, right thing. Just that act, done simultaneously with exerting your willpower, reinforces it and makes it easier to reach your goal.

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