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Make Up Your Mind: Changing the Way You Think Can Keep the Fat Off

How you think can contribute to either weight gain or loss. In his book, "The Gabriel Method," Jon Gabriel tells how he went from a morbidly obese 400+ pounds to less than 200, primarily by reprogramming his mind to want to be thin.

Jon was a very successful investment advisor in New York City and had used every diet program known to man in an attempt to lose weight.

But no matter what program he used, he always regained the weight, plus a few more pounds. He paid Robert Atkins, MD to work with him one-on-one, but after a little success, he gained back all the weight he had lost.

One day, Jon had an epiphany, "His body wanted to be fat!" With this discovery, he researched to discover the psychological reasons his metabolism stored so much fat.

He then set about reprogramming his subconscious mind to want to be thin. This is one of the ways to make your body burn more fat. He lost more than 200 pounds of blubber and has had no problem keeping it off for a number of years now.

The amazing thing about Jon Gabriel's weight loss is that doctors have examined him and can find no signs that he was ever obese; no sagging skin, no stretch marks or any of the other signs of his former huge self.

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Jon now lives in Australia. He travels the world giving lectures and working with others who want to make their bodies want to be thin. His successes number in the tens of thousands.

The key to this remarkable weight loss was the removal of the psychological reasons for his subconscious to think it was safer for Jon to be fat.

Recognizing this mindset, Jon was able to reprogram his mind to realize it was safer for him to be thin.

Many of us have bodies that, for a variety of reasons, want to be fat because it is "safer." We may have suffered abuse as a child and are hiding within a fat cocoon.

Or, we may have yo-yo dieted and every time we cut calories in an effort to lose fat, our metabolism thinks that starvation in imminent, so it stores more fat.

Whatever the reason, we only have to convince our subconscious mind that it is safe to be thin. One of the ways to accomplish this is to visualize ourselves as thin as we want to be.

Using a picture of ourselves in a "thin phase" or of someone who possesses the body shape we want, will aid with this visualization.

Several times a day we should spend a few moments looking at that picture and imagining that is the way we will look soon.

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Early morning upon awakening, at noon and when we retire for the night, are three good times to spend in visualization.

We all have a good idea of what foods are good for us and what is bad. At the end of the picture visualization, switch your thinking and see in your mind what you should be eating and imagine how good it will taste. Ultimately, your body will automatically desire these foods.

The phrase "mind over matter," describes what is going on in our subconscious when we reprogram for weight loss and proper diets for muscle building.

In the early nineteen sixties, a cosmetic surgeon, Maxwell Maltz, MD, discovered that most of the people coming to him for surgery needed a mental adjustment more than they needed their features altered.

He wrote of his observations and studies in "Psycho Cybernetics."

Dr. Maltz cited studies done on mental programming for athletic achievement. He also detailed how this mind-as-a-programmable-machine can work in nearly everything in our lives.

A little meditation in our daily lives can begin the process of reprogramming our own minds for success, both in our health and fitness and in our daily lives as well.

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