One survey from the happiness app Happify states that 89% of American women are unhappy with their weight. And since men and women are nearly equally unhappy with how they look, that’s a lot of people interested in changing their appearance. The law of attraction might be the best tool a person has to achieve their weight loss goals.
What is the Law of Attraction?
The Law of Attraction is a guiding principle humans have been using for years to achieve their goals. At its core is one scientific truth — likes attract likes.
You see it all the time in nature, mimicked in the common phrase, “Birds of a feather flock together.” You see members of the same species sharing the same space and rarely spending time with other species unless to eat or fight them.
So the same “likes attract likes” notions hold for humans, specifically, human psychology. The Law of Attraction deals in the mind, and it’s the way your thoughts attract energy, which then has the gravitational pull to lead your life to good outcomes or bad ones. It all depends on your thoughts and the results they attract.
Dr. Joe Dispenza describes the Law of Attraction succinctly and eloquently in this video. Your life is the summation of all the habits you have. Smoking is a habit, using your phone first thing in the morning is a habit. The result of habits is that they can function autonomously thanks to the basal ganglia.
Repeat an action enough — smoking a cigarette, picking up your phone first thing in the morning — and it will become automatic. You won’t have to think about it.
But your thoughts become habitual as well. Let’s say the first thing you think of in the morning is that you’re fat and that you hate your body. With that thought comes an emotion, most likely shame, disgust, or hatred.
“Emotions are the end-product of past experiences,” according to Dr. Dispenza. When you experience a bad thought toward your body, you feel those negative emotions, which fuel more negative thoughts, which fuel more negative emotions, and so forth. Your brain stays stuck in one place fixating on the body rather than doing something about it.
“That familiar past will be a predictable future,” Dr. Dispenza says. The body strives to keep consistency with its learned sets of behaviors it stuck to in the past. So the health habits you have will be the health habits you continue to have if you let your subconscious mind control your life.
Because you think you’re fat and hate yourself for it, you’re going to reinforce those thoughts and emotions with behaviors. You’ll tell yourself you deserve to eat more junk food than you should because why not? You’re already fat, and you already hate yourself. What else do you have to lose?
That is the Law of Attraction. Your thoughts manifested into emotions which manifested into behaviors which lead to maintaining a high weight. Your thoughts manifested into the body you’re unhappy with.
But now that you know about the Law of Attraction, you can use its principles to benefit you and achieve the body goals you’ve wanted. It starts when you return the power of your analytical mind to control your subconscious mind and thus your habits.
You change internally to impact your physical world, but you have to know how to use the Law of Attraction to get the changes you want.
To learn how to use the Law of Attraction, look at the people in the past who mastered it.
History of the Law of Attraction
In the early 1800s, Phineas Quimby wasn’t doing too well.
He developed tuberculosis, a condition that, back in those times, had a high mortality rate. His physician prescribed treatment, but medicine for tuberculosis was ineffective at best, so the hopes of recovery were bleak. Quimby lost hope that he could ever recover from the disease and resigned himself to living a shortened life.
Until his friend made a suggestion, that is. Quimby should take up horseback riding, but with his weakening condition, he could only do the next best thing — carriage riding.
Sure enough, Quimby recovered, and he couldn’t stop dwelling on the ordeal. When medicine failed him, he took matters into his own hands to recover. And he did.
Quimby pursued a rudimentary form of hypnotism in 1838 and began experimenting with Lucious Burkmar. Burkmar could supposedly diagnose illnesses after devolving into a trance-like state and gave his patients placebos — medicine not affecting the ill despite promises that they would.
The soiree with medicine left Quimby with one important take away: the mind indeed controls the body’s health. Quimby and Burkmar saw that first-hand with their patients.
A primordial Law of Attraction began to form. Quimby’s theories of “mentally aided healing” spread. Warren Felt Evans, Julius Dresser, Annetta Seabury Dresser, and Mary Baker Eddy were among the first people to help Quimby establish the New Thought Movement, or the movement involving the Law of Attraction.
According to the Quimby Manuscripts, “the trouble is in the mind, for the body is only the house for the mind to dwell in.” To paraphrase his writing, when you believe you are to be resigned to die from illness, as he did at one point, that is the real form of the disease — the infection of the mind.
But Quimby’s truth is that the mind can overcome extraordinary odds as long as you believe it can. You must prescribe yourself with placebos, put your mind back in the reigns, and tell yourself you can beat whatever it is that’s ailing you. And you will.
While Quimby might have uncovered one of life’s hidden truths, the phrase “Law of Attraction” wasn’t published in print until 1877 when Helena Blavatsky wrote her seminal work “Isis Unveiled.” In the book, she describes the liquid realm between science and religion — and the power of attraction that exists between the two.
After that, it’s as if the Law of Attraction manifested its own existence. Early 20th century wrote books about it, like Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich and Norman Vincent Peale’s Positive Thinking. Louise Hay wrote You Can Heal Your Life in 1984, and the Law of Attraction has had a firm foothold in the alternative self-improvement community ever since.
No matter who’s describing the principles or what they entail, the same message is clear: you have power over your fate. You control your body, your wealth, your happiness, your relationships, and, yes, your weight.
The possibility to uproot the past systems of familiarity and to replace them with better ones is at your fingertips. The Law of Attraction gives you that power.
But you’re probably asking yourself one key question: How?
How to Use the Law of Attraction
According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California, most people have around 48.6 thoughts per minute. That means you have about 70,000 thoughts per day.
Let’s do a bit more math. Times that by seven, you have 490,000 thoughts a week. Times that by four, that’s 1,960,000 a month. To reiterate, in just one month of your life, you think one million, nine hundred and sixty thousand thoughts a month. Give or take.
See now how your thoughts can influence your life?
Imagine all those thoughts as watts, like electricity powering a lightbulb. What devices in your life are you powering with those thought-watts? Negative thoughts power bad machines, like the one telling you you can’t lose weight. But positive thought-watts can power good machines as well, like the one showing you a happier, healthier you.
You just have to siphon away the electricity from the bad machines to the good ones. But that shift is not easy.
Which is why we’ve listed below the top tips to help you become a master at the Law of Attraction.
Change Your Language
You’ve probably said something like this before. “I can’t become healthy; I just have too big of a sweet tooth. I’m not naturally thin like other people.” Or, another common one, “There’s no way I can get myself together now, I’ll do it tomorrow.”
When you say stuff like that, you’re inadvertently attracting and making stronger what is holding you back. In the first sentence, “too big of a sweet tooth,” was your hindrance.
But, when you think about your huge sweet tooth, you’re reinforcing that it’s there. You remind yourself that you have it and thus perpetuate its existence in your life.
The second example is more egregious. You tell yourself that “You can’t get yourself together.” Not just right now — but at all. When you tell yourself, “You’ll do it tomorrow,” you’ll keep telling yourself that over and over.
Tomorrow is the justification for not doing what needs to be done today. But you ignore that by bolstering your laziness, which continues in the future.
You’ve heard it since you were a child: watch your language. What you say has bigger ramifications than you realize. Quite literally, when you tell yourself you can’t do something, you swallow a placebo and create that outcome in your body, finances, relationships, and overall life.
Shift Your Perspective
Stop focusing on what you don’t have, and focus on what you do. Sure, you might not have the peak physique you want, but can you walk? If you can’t walk, are you in pain? If you’re in pain, do you have all your senses? Do you have the ability to love? Can you smile and laugh at the beauty of life?
Don’t focus on what you don’t have; focus on what you do. It’s cliche, we know, but “counting your blessings” only reminds you of how rich you are — which gives you the motivation to add more riches to your life.
That introduces more positive energy into your life, which can convince the universe to actually give you what you’ve been striving for.
So yes, remind yourself to be thankful for what you have. Avoid thinking about what you don’t have, because what’s the point? You can’t manifest something you don’t have into existence. If anything, you’ll introduce the negative energy that keeps those items away from you.
Think of it this way. If you don’t appreciate what you have, why should the universe give you what you want? The universe isn’t here to spoil an ungrateful child, and so you shouldn’t act like one. Shift your perspective, be thankful for what you have, and actually mean it.
You’ll effectively swallow the positive placebo necessary to manifest your desires, which brings us to our third and final point.
Envision What You Want
The name of the game here is “manifestation,” or envisioning an item, event, or outcome in your mind consistently until it materializes in your life.
For example, Victoria LaShay described her results keeping a manifestation journal in her video.
She wrote that she wanted to reach 2,000 subscribers for one of her channels, to reach five sales on Poshmark (a peer-to-peer used clothing exchange app), and to receive $100 cash.
After a week of writing down her desires, she reached two out of three but nearly achieved all her goals. She got 2,000 subscribers, had three sales on Poshmark, and her husband came how and gave her $100 cash to invest in her business.
We can hear your rebuttals now. “If she were working toward her goals, like reaching subscribers and selling clothes, then, of course, it was going to happen eventually.” Perhaps that’s true, but getting the specific desire of $100 cash from her husband? That’s a bit too on-the-nose to be a coincidence.
The next example provides firmer evidence of how manifestations work — and can provide immediate results too. As she describes in her video, Kimberly became very interested in manifestation and the Law of Attraction after getting into the work of Metaphysical Mike.
Kimberly followed his meditation plans to align her chakras and dispel energy into the universe. She also had one, very specific desire — to get $5,000, and soon.
Sure enough, come the next day, Kimberly and her husband get a call from their tax accountant saying they’re going to receive $5,000 in their tax return. That’s the most money they’ve ever gotten back in taxes, and it’s all thanks to the Law of Attraction.
If you’re still skeptical, so be it. But just remember this: when you envision success, you cascade that vision throughout your life. You put tug on the universe’s waistcoat while you preoccupy yourself with your daily habits. Maybe you work toward your goals like Victoria LaShay, and the universe nudges you along.
Or, depending on the strength of the energy you put out, the universe could decide to throw you a bone and give you exactly what you wanted. Envisioning your desired results puts you closer to actually achieving them.
How to Manifest Weight Loss Goals
Now that you have the proper background on the Law of Attraction, you finally know how to apply it to weight loss. You can easily use the principles behind the law of attraction and use them to manifest your weight goals.
Change your language if you’re shaming your body and talking about it poorly. Do not chastise the fat on your body, the roundness of certain areas, the appearance of others, or anything else that’s negative. Do not put your emotions into words. Do not put to thought anything negative about your body.
Instead, praise your body for what it can do. Don’t say, “I’m too out of shape to climb up three flights of stairs,” say, “I’m glad I had the energy to make it up those stairs. It will be easier to ascend them next time.”
Sure enough, the next time you see the stairs, you’ll get less winded climbing up them. If not, you’ll move up them faster. Either way, your words directly impact the experience you have climbing up those stairs as much as they impact how you view, shape, and manifest your body. Mind your language first and foremost.
Next up, shift your perspective on what you do and don’t like about your body. You don’t like how much fat you have, yes, but you must like how you can carry four grocery bags in each hand as you carry them home.
Whether it’s the color of your eyes, the fullness of your lips, or any other characteristic of your body, focus on what you love rather than what you hate about your body. Sure, you want to lose a few pounds, but doing so would add to the love you already have to your body.
How you view yourself helps or hinders your manifestation goals. As Quimby said, the body is the home for the mind to live in. If your body has a bad tenant, everyone involved is going to have a miserable time. You’ll not only fail to achieve your weight loss goals, but you could manifest physical ailments like aches, cramps, nausea, and more.
Be kind to yourself as you envision what you want. You want a thinner body. You want to see the number decrease on the scale. Have that be the first thought you think of in the morning and the last thought to leave your brain as you fall asleep.
Manifestation requires constant buoyancy, and your thoughts are the water on which results float to you. If you stop envisioning success, the pool dries up, and the results don’t come nearer. But filling the pool with constant visions of success and you will get the body you wanted.
Imagine yourself in the clothes you find most attractive on you. Maybe it’s a sleek, black cocktail dress or tight, form-fitting button-down and slacks. Imagine that person in the mirror. With them in mind, you’ll structure your day to allow that thin person to come closer, closer, until you become them.
Top Affirmations to Help You Lose Weight
Affirmations are mantras, or repeated powerful sentences, you tell yourself to elicit the desired outcome. They’re memorable and helpful when it comes to manifesting your weight loss goal. Not only that, but they’re positive, so you can internalize them without compromising the energy you’re already working to put out into the universe.
Repeat the following phrases often and with conviction. Be sure to image the body you want to have as you do.
- I love my body.
- I will firmly and unwaveringly lose more weight.
- I deserve to feel happy about my body.
- I deserve to love myself.
- I accept myself, no matter what I look like or what I weigh.
- I will take care of myself first and foremost.
- I am physically improving every day, and my body shows it.
- I can lose weight easily.
- The body I want is within my reach.
- I treat my body how it needs to be treated.
- I’m curing my body and my mind of the damage I’ve done to it before.
- Today is going to be a better day for me and my body.
- No one’s opinion of my body matters more than my own.
- I am not guilty or ashamed of the food I eat.
Feel free to come up with your own mantras. The truths that matter most to you are the ones you tell yourself every day. When you say, “I love my body,” and “I can lose weight easily,” you let go of the negativity keeping you trapped in previous bad habits.
You might not realize it, but you need to permit yourself to change. Change is scary and exhausting for your brain, as it requires breaking all those bad habits and spending the mental energy to affix new ones.
While scary, these mantras help you permit yourself to succeed. They guide your thoughts into the new territory you need to be in to help yourself achieve your weight loss goals, the region far away from your old self. Weight loss means changing who you are, so there’s no reason to be glued to your former, high-weight self.
Are Your Thoughts Preventing Weight Loss Success?
So you’ve read this article, and you’re ready to implement the Law of Attraction into your life to help you lose weight. You’ll be able to tell when the results are coming in because you’ll see yourself losing five pounds, 10, 15, after following the advice we’ve given you.
But what if you don’t? If you don’t see results, here are some common reasons why the Law of Attraction skipped over you.
- You don’t believe it. Perhaps you think the Law of Attraction is fake. Maybe you think it’s all a waste of time. If you think that, you’re not going to get anywhere — and you probably don’t even want the results the Law of Attraction could give.
If you don’t believe it then yes, the Law of Attraction will seem like just a series of coincidences rather than causal relationships between yourself and the universe.
But if you’re still skeptical, what do you have to lose by telling yourself nice things about your body? What’s so bad about being thankful for your life and what your body does?
If you don’t think the Law of Attraction is real, you can at least benefit from other aspects from it. You can at least go with the motions for a week. If you still don’t like it, you can always stop. If you do, you can continue to send positive energy into the universe.
- You’re still negative about your body. It’s not a binary — you can tell yourself you love your body and believe it, but there’s still a part of you who hates your body for being fat.
It’s going to be difficult in modern times, especially in a society inundated with social media users. Social media has been shown to decrease a person’s satisfaction with their body, so one tip to remove negativity about your body is to limit your social media usage.
Self-acceptance is complicated and difficult to understand, but for the Law of Attraction to work best, you have to rid yourself of as much internal negativity as you can.
- You need more self-awareness. In the beginning, you might not notice when you slip back into bad habits, or you let negative thoughts reign free without supervision. If you let more negativity take hold in your mind, the universe is going to take its time giving you want.
Developing self-awareness lets you catch where the issues lie and nip them in the bud.
Using The Law of Attraction for Weight Loss
Phinneas Quimby cured his tuberculosis with the power of his thought. You too can manifest real change in your body through your mind through the Law of Attraction. Take heed of this article and the others we have like it, and you can become one step closer to achieving your fitness dreams.