YOUR BRAIN TYPE AND WEIGHT LOSS
If you have taken the BSQ test, you now have a score for each section. In
order to maintain consistency on any weight loss program, it is critical to
know where your sticking point(s) is/are, and strategically address them.
We simply take the top 2 scores and call the highest your primary brain
type, and the next highest your secondary brain type. You will want to pay
greatest attention to the primary type, and slowly work in strategies from
the secondary type to increase your effectiveness and consistency.
So what does it all mean? I will take you briefly through each type so that
you may see if you “see” yourself in any of the types, particularly the types
you scored the highest on.
Note: Don’t worry about knowing the anatomy and terminology of the
brain. These brain structures, and their names may be unfamiliar to you,
and with repetition you will gain familiarity, but the significance is in the
function, the habits, and the sticking points of each type.
FRONTAL CORTEX (FC): This area of the brain has to do with your
desires. It is the home of will power. It keeps you on track with intense
focus. When this area begins to “misfire” or weaken, we lose focus. How
that looks practically, is starting on a program, being really excited about
the program, and then 3 weeks later wondering what happened to the
program. “I really meant to do step 1, and step 2, and I just kept doing
what I do!”
In order to strengthen this area of the brain, and ultimately will power and
focus, you must exercise it. Just the knowledge that this is what happens
to you is the first step in achieving a better result. Practical strategies that
will strengthen your FC and focus, include a daily ritual of visualizing what
you want, writing down 4 steps or tasks daily that you WILL complete
towards your desired goal, and noticing what it is that you like, constantly.
“I like that car, I like that dress, I like that telephone…”
AMYGDALA (AMG): This area of the brain has to do with your
motivations, both fear and desire. When it gets overactive, you are more
concerned with your fears than your desires. The trouble with that is that
we naturally and neurologically look away from what feels bad, so we often
don’t even know what is behind the fear that is motivating our actions. The
“look” of this brain type is finding yourself doing virtually the opposite of
what you want, and not even knowing why, and most likely feeling GUILTY
about what you are doing. We very commonly see a pattern of guilt
beating with this brain type.
In order to strengthen this area of the brain, and ultimately stay motivated
by desire and stop the guilt beatings, you must “cool” this area of the brain
down. Some practical strategies to cool this area of the brain include
aromatherapy, expressing your feelings more, if only on paper, and
assessing your value hierarchy. That is more of a project, and involves
listing all the values you can think of, both positive and negative, and
ranking them from highest to lowest. This takes some time, but can be
really eye opening as to what is your greatest motivator.
BASAL GANGLIA (BG): This area of the brain has to do with action. It
gets us off track by getting frozen. “I don’t know what to do!” Well, the
truth is you do know what to do, or rather you know enough, but you are
frozen in inaction. Lack of doing is the main attribute of this type. It may
work in some areas of your life, and in fact, you may really be in action in
some other area that feels “right” to you. But, when it comes to weight
loss, you think about it, but really don’t do anything about it. Or you start
something, then something else, and then something else, never following
through with any particular plan.
In order to strengthen this part of the brain, and ultimately be in constant
action toward your goal, you must “thaw” this area of the brain. The
practical approach to thawing your BG includes practicing afformations,
which are affirmations stated as a question. For instance, “Why do I enjoy
exercise so much?” You don’t even have to answer, it is more the process
of activating the BG, which is subconscious, to “look” for the answer. In
effect, it counters the negative questions you might be tuning in to, such
as “why is this so hard, or why am I so fat…” We also strategically utilize
“imagination vacations” throughout the day, and belief based exercises
such as “what is the one thing about you that is truly important that you
CINGULATE GYRUS (CG): This area of the brain has to do with shifting
focus and noticing your results. It is your feedback mechanism. “How am I
doing?” People with CG type brains tend to get stuck in a process, habit
or rut. I know one gentleman who used Slimfast shakes for years, all the
while gaining weight, but never acknowledging his actual results, or shifting
to another regimen.
In order to strengthen this area of your brain, and ultimately increase your
awareness of your results, and be able to adjust in the middle of a
program for best results, you have to “stretch” this area of the brain. The
practical approach to stretching your CG includes having some hard data
to look at, which is easily done with weight loss, we look at the scale. The
trick is to have run a program that you can now evaluate, so journaling
your foods and exercise is very important so you can look back and see
what worked, or didn’t work. We also use an exercise that stretches your
imagination of possibilities a bit each time it is done. Something
like…imagine your child is stricken with a terminal illness, which costs
$30,000 to cure, and the only possible way to come up with this money is a
weight loss contest in which the winner receives $30,000. What would you
do to win? Who would you call? What book would you read? What
commitment would you make? What program would you follow?
TEMPORAL LOBES (TL): This area of the brain has to do with
relationships and accountability. People of the TL brain type tend to try to
slip under the radar unnoticed. They avoid committing to a plan or letting
anyone know what they are trying to do. They don’t want to be on the
hook. This part of the brain makes you what I call “slippery.” Hard to pin
down, don’t want to be told what to do, resist any type of formal program.
In order to strengthen this part of the brain, and ultimately become
accountable to your goals on a big scale, you must “degrease” this area of
the brain. The practical approach to degreasing your TLs is a written and
spoken contract that includes an acknowledgement that you and no other
is the one who desires this goal, given to someone you truly respect, an
authority, or a group of like-minded individuals who will hold you
accountable for what you want, and the actions that will get you there. A
team approach so to speak. Showing up for an appointment at the gym
with a trainer is more likely to happen than showing up at the gym to
exercise by yourself. You effectively remove some of your excuses.
Another practical approach that degreases the TLs include, amazingly
enough, song and dance, which have been shown on brain scans to
strengthen this area of the brain.
Now, whichever brain type scores highest, resonates with you the most,
you have a few strategies to keep you on track. Test those out,
consistently, and see if you don’t get a better result.
Keep in mind that we can treat these brain types clinically, through
therapy, visualization, and hypnosis, as well as being your goals coach,
action planner, results analyst, and accountability partner. Don’t hesitate
to call for your free consultation to see how we can help you!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Todd Stone