We have often heard the saying that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.” But how many of us are really aware of the reality of this statement. Your mind literally charts your course in life. It even has the power to change the structure of your body through self-directed thoughts that propel your behaviour towards hitting our targeted weight. Yes, your mind even determines how thin or how big you will be. Using your mind wrong may be the reason you are overweight.
If you’re overweight one question you need to ask yourself is what do you find yourself thinking about. Do you worry about eating too much, or just plain eating the wrong things? These thoughts will literally shapeshift your body by enforcing bad habits or good habits. Why is this?
There are 3 things that your mind controls: your focus, your physiology, and your language. Life has already thought us that our language controls our thoughts and our thoughts have a tremendous effect on our language, which further impacts our attitude. So if your mindset is wrong, for example, being afraid of overeating or under eating, you will eventually say negative things, such as “I will never be able to lose these last 10 pounds. Once you say that your body literally stops trying to intuitively come up with brilliant strategies to lose that weight. It’s like the gentleman that says to himself “I will never remember that telephone number.” At that instant his brain literally stops searching within the archives of his mind to dig up that forgotten number. Similarly, when you tell yourself that you can’t lose that weight, or that it will be very hard for you to do so, you are actually programming your mind and body to experience excruciating difficultly to lose weight. In a sense, you are fighting yourself.
Physiology speaking, your mind also controls your emotions. Research in this area attests that emotions control eating habits. This often reminds me of my college lady friend who went out and got a bucket of ice cream because her boyfriend had walked out of the relationship. The feeling of rejection led her to pig out in the hopes of drowning out her worries and hurt. To turn this around and use your physiology to your advantage you have to use this to force your mind to think positive happy thoughts. So rather than thinking thoughts of worry and depression, consciously program your mind to think on good things like what ifs. What if I lost that weight, what if I was healthier? These what if statements will actually give your mind a target and the desire created in your heart from the dream of scoring that target will actually be the motivation you need to lose that weight.
Your mind also controls your focus. When it comes to losing weight the reason 97% of people struggle and fail is because they lack focus. They are not able to push themselves to exercise or to eat right so they become emphatic about not being able to lose weight. Consequently, this creates the illusion of running up a slippery mountain. It’s similar to the world’s notion of being in a rat race, forever working and getting nowhere. The focus you give your mind towards your weight loss goal will be the determining factor of whether or not you can change your body’s shape. To intensify your focus you have to direct more of your thoughts towards your goal and envision yourself already hitting the target.
So to cap it all you can actually think and grow thin. Once you set a goal and make up your mind to attain it, guide your mind by directing your thoughts in the direction of that goal. Say things like “I see myself 10 pounds lighter already.” Psychologists call this tactic self-motivational speech. Once you initiate these positive self-statements, begin to envision yourself 10 pounds lighter. Heck, take it a step further. Begin to talk with the confidence you imagine yourself having with being 10 pounds lighter. To become it you must learn to see it. This is the way to naturally shape shift your body. Once you create that mind set, your mind will give you the strategies to hit it, and the rest is history.
By: Alex Mensah
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Author Alex Mensah is a health and a weight loss researcher for www.weightsmasher.com. He writes and researches actively on Weight Loss Programs and shares his knowledge at www.weightsmasher.com where he coaches others to successfully lose weight.