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How to Use Mental Visualization to Get Lean

By OBI OBADIKE

Before you can lose the fat and get lean, you first have to "see" the body you want in your mind. If your mind isn't in tune with your fitness goals, then your body will never follow.

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There have been times when I didn't want to go to the gym or follow a healthy diet. But that was just my mind telling me I didn't want to do the necessary things to be fit and lean.

The mind is a very powerful tool: You can will yourself to do just about anything. Getting in shape won't be difficult to achieve, as long as you think about it, see it in your mind, follow a plan and make it happen. The trick is to avoid negative attitudes and keep things positive.

Here are a few tips on how to get into a positive state of mind:

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A professional athlete is physically and mentally strong. The reason he's at the top of his game is because he envisions being the best and winning in his mind before it happens.

The great Bill Russell, who won 11 NBA championships with the Celtics, would imagine winning games before they happened. His mind would create the picture of him emerging victorious, and then he would hit the court and make that picture a reality.

Basketball legend Michael Jordan has been quoted as saying: "I visualized where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there."

Sometimes it's not you who's creating a negative state of mind. Some people who aren't reaching their fitness goals are surrounded by negative people, which can affect their mental approach.

It doesn't matter if you have the ability to train and eat healthy; if your mind doesn't want to do it, then you've already defeated yourself. That's why mental discipline is key: You have to believe that you can do it or it won't happen.

Obtaining a fit, lean body is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. Your mind controls everything that you do in the gym and in the kitchen. It truly is the most powerful weapon you have when it comes to accomplishing your fitness and fat-loss goals.

--Obi

Readers -- Do you use visualization to help you achieve your fitness and health goals? Has it worked for you or not? How do you get yourself to a positive mental state? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

Obi Obadike, B.A., B.S., M.S., CFT, SFN, is a trainer to celebrities such as Morris Chestnut and Stephen Smith, among others. He is also an Extreme Fitness Trainer and has written more than 150 articles as a fitness expert and graced over 50 magazine covers as a fitness personality. Obi is a co-host of the new national health TV show Lifestyle Health. He has helped people all over the world with his Perfect Anatomy Online Training Program, and his fat-loss success stories have been featured in national fitness publications. 

To contact Obi, visit his website or connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

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