166: The Power of Concentration for Weight Loss

Apr 16, 2016

It’s our 3rd Primal Potential book club episode! Today I’ll be sharing the incredible lessons I’ve learned from the book The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont.

Sure, it’s a book about concentration, not a book about health or fat loss, but I’m telling you right now: if you harness the power of concentration for weight loss, you will dramatically improve your results.

A couple episodes ago I talked about a clip from the movie “Any Given Sunday” and how Al Pacino (the coach) shares with the team that games are won & lost by inches and the inches we need are all around us.

The same is true in behavior change, fat loss and health. The inches we need are all around us and the power of concentration gives us many of those inches we need.

Listen to the full episode to learn how we can apply the power of concentration to all our weight loss, health, fitness and personal goals.

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The Power of Concentration for Weight Loss

The Power of Concentration begins by talking about the power of focus. I’ve shared many times how I think one of the most destructive things we can do is try to achieve too many objectives at once.

This is how my simple mind thinks about it – you know that carnival game where you have a gun & a target? When you pull the trigger, the gun shoots water at the target? The more consistently you hit the center of the target with the stream of water, the faster the ballon above the target rises, driven by the concentrated force of water.

the power of concentration for weight loss

But, what would happen if you tried to hit 3 targets at once? You still only have 1 water gun & one source of water. You’d make slower progress while still exerting the same amount of effort, balloons over each target rising more slowly.

This is why we need to harness the power of concentration. As it relates to weight loss or fat loss, I believe we do this by tackling ONE behavior change at a time.

I learned a few key lessons from The Power of Concentration which I share in detail in today’s episode. They include:

  1. Identify & eliminate areas from which your energy escapes (and is wasted)
  2. The bank president story – establish the mission & do something each day to move you in that direction. At the end of each day, evaluate what action(s) you took
  3. Never make decisions in a negative state of mind
  4. Make decisions more quickly. Silence the internal debate. It wastes both time & energy
  5. You will benefit more from doing 1 hard thing than 12 easy things
  6. Practice the power of concentration

I share some of the ideas about how to practice concentration in ways that relate to your health & fat loss goals including breathing, focus and visualization.


The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont

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