What’s the first image that pops into your mind when you think of weight loss or getting in shape? For almost 90 percent of you out there, it has been found that you think of either exercise or nutrition. You think of either sweating it out on a treadmill or eating nothing but salads. Only 10 percent of people think about the physiological aspects of losing weight and this might need to be your starting point!
Losing Weight and Gaining It Back
It’s been found that only 8% of us keep our New Year’s resolutions and on top of that, over 65% of those who lose significant weight – like 5 percent of their bodyweight – will gain it back (and usually more)! So if exercise and nutrition is so important and we focus the majority of our energy on it, why is this approach failing? It’s because we aren’t working on the mental aspects of losing weight and keeping it off!
Neuropsychologist Dr, Diane Robinson explained, “That may explain why so many of us struggle. In order to lose weight and keep it off long term, we need to do more than just think about what we eat, we also need to understand why we’re eating.”
Cue the emotional eating and the boredom eating – these can are weight loss killers! Dr. Robinson explained further, “If we’re aware of it or not, we are conditioned to use food not only for nourishment, but for comfort. That’s not a bad thing, necessarily, as long as we acknowledge it and deal with it appropriately.”
Being Mentally Fit
How are we to break this cycle and make sure we have a sound mental approach when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off? Let’s break down a few strategies:
Create a food log – This is a must and one I encourage all my clients try. This is one of the most important things you can do in order to become consciously aware of what and when you are eating. You will start to see habits and binge foods you eat and then you can start to correct them one by one! The more you know about your diet the easier it is to correct!
Constant reminders – Another option is to write down a few fixes on a piece of paper and put that in your pocket or on your desk (even on your phone screen). Things such as “drink more water”, “control your snacking”, or “you can do this” can be great way to remind you to stay on the healthy path!
Find support – We all go through struggles and there are many people out there who have went through what you are currently going through or are going through it themselves! Find and connect with these people and you can lean on them to help you get motivated and moving forward!
When it comes to getting and staying healthy this year, while exercise and nutrition are very important, don’t forget the mental aspects of health. Find the right support group for you and start being conscious of when, what, and why you are eating and you will be better suited to reach your goals!
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