This is a chimp's brain, but yours can make all the difference between gaining weight and losing it. Your mind is a terrible thing to waste, especially when it plays such as big role in weight loss.

You’re not only what you eat, you are also what you think. Research is beginning to bear out the truth of the biblical psalm “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” What you dwell on will, over time, become your reality.

This means you have the ability to change your life by first getting a very clear mental image of what you want, and for those who want to be healthy and lose extra weight, this can be one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal. In medical studies, it has been shown that people who receive a placebo but believe they are receiving an effective medication are just as likely to experience healing as those who receive the real medication. You can use your mind’s strength and your body’s natural healing powers to reach your goals.

The first thing you need to cultivate is an attitude of gratitude. When you are grateful for what you already have, you create positive energy, just as constant complaining and dissatisfaction creates negative energy. The subconscious mind only deals in positives, so replace all your self-loathing with, “I am so grateful for my healthy body.”

Although it sounds simplistic, your subconscious mind will, over time, hear that and seek to make it true. As you repeat positive mantras like this to yourself in a regular basis, you will be surprised to find that they begin to manifest in your life. This is because your thoughts will turn into actions that lead you toward what you are grateful for – in this case, a healthy body.

There are a variety of ways you can begin this process. First, write out your goal to be healthy; be very specific about what you want your weight to be, how you want to feel, and what you want to be able to do with your healthy body. Next, turn each of these specifics into a positive mantra like the one above, but make it a statement in the present tense, such as “I am so grateful that I feel so much energy.” Repeat these mantras to yourself twice a day, and every time you catch yourself being negative, replace the negative thoughts with your new mantras. You can also use hypnosis and self-hypnosis techniques to reinforce these thoughts.

Your body is an amazing, healing, rejuvenating machine, and by telling it how grateful you are for its health and vitality, you literally become healthy and vital. Think of your mental abilities as if they were a vehicle. Your mental 150cc scooter is now replaced by a powerful, growling sports car. It’s a magic no one else can do for you, but one over which you have incredible power.

This has been a guest post by Lance Williams:

My name is Lance and I love learning and writing about anything really. I do everything from rock climbing to snowboarding to building websites.