Weight Gain is Linked to Feelings

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Weight gain has to do with thoughts that make up our self-talk of internal dialog.  75% of over eating is caused by emotionally eating.  That being the case, the first and most important aspect of weight management is to control your emotions.  You do this by controlling your self-talk.

We eat based upon how we feel.  Many are using food to cope with their feelings.  One reason for this today is that we are under a lot of pressure and are crunched for time.  Many adults and children in this high stress society eat high fat or high sugar foods to soothe their emotions.  We carry emotional overweight, not just physical overweight. This makes it harder to stick to any diet.  It’s your attitudes, feelings, self-image, sense of despair, and so on – that must determine your ability to stick with a diet plan.

Will power is a mental activity.  When that fizzles there isn’t enough heart and emotional commitment behind it.  Your heart brings in the intuitive intelligence and power of your spirit, which is stronger than just trying to discipline your habits from the mind and with will power.

The core values from the heart have to do with all your positive emotions, which include love, care, appreciation, respect, compassion, kindness, and non-judgement.  When your initial effort is “from the heart”, it brings your mind and emotions into cooperative alignment, and more strength and energy to achieve your goals.

Taming the inner critic, that is making up your self-talk, is crucial to your success in many things including weight loss.   Many people who struggle with weight are quite hard on themselves.  The inner dialog that takes place keeps you stressed with self-judgement and guilt.  One of the ways that people try to quite this inner critic is to eat.  It is a temporary physical distraction from the ongoing mental chatter of this negative self-talk.  What is even worse is when the cake is gone, the inner critic has new ammunition – guilt!  What seems to happen once we choose to go on a weight loss program is the inner critic sees a new playground for its self-defeating monologues.

One of the challenges with changing emotional habits is that the rational part of your brain that learns new tools gets hijacked by the emotions in a stress reaction.  Stopping emotional eating or feeling based eating, requires activating feel-good feelings in the here and now, and appreciating what you already have.   This requires “retuning” your self-talk to hear and talk positive language.

Releasing the habit of emotional eating is a process, not a destination.  It helps to know that if you make a sincere effort to follow the 21 Day Mind Boot Camp for Weight Loss, it will get easier and easier.  Researchers at NASA determined that it only takes 21-42 days to create a new habit pattern.  At the beginning of a new program it may feel like you are pedaling uphill.  You can know that the rest of the program can get easier.  At a certain point there is an inversion, a shift, and you get 80% of the results for 20% of the effort.  In other words, give yourself the gift of knowing that if you continually renew your commitment for just 21 days, you’ve made it through the hardest phase at the beginning.  You are rewiring a neural habit in the brain using the tools found within the mind boot camp program to address your emotional self-talk.  Eventually this process becomes second nature.

It is known that 98% of people who lose weight do not keep the weight off.  It is due to a lack of understanding that your internal dialog, when consisting of too much negative language, creates a natural chemical flow withing the body, that has caused an appetite for trying to feel better through eating food.  You house a natural chemical dispensary.  These chemicals are better known as hormones.  The problem with this further is that the choice of food will be the type that either overloads or under supplies the proper balance of serotonin.  Serotonin is known as the happiness hormone.  You have food cravings based upon a feeling you’re trying to capture.

Sugar is the main if not the only source of energy for your brain, so that when you eat something sweet, sugar (or glucose) reaches all the centers of your brain including the center the makes you feel happy.  It is true that a sweet snack increases serotonin secretion and makes you happy.  What you don’t know is that after on or two hours the serotonin level drops making you feel bad even if you ate another sweet snack.  The second snack won’t make you feel as good as the first because you have depleted Tryptophan (precursor for serotonin synthesis).

In the 21 Day Mind Boot Camp Program, compiled from the knowledge found in Think Well, Live Well Now, you learn how you can change your self-talk from negative to positive which releases serotonin (just to name one) in balanced levels.  Your emotions, biochemistry  and your nervous system are all linked together.  The part of your brain that signals to you that you’re hungry doesn’t discriminate whether your body is hungry or your emotions are hungry.

More on this in the next article.

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