Being overweight, having a pooch, or belly fat can make you feel ashamed, and blame yourself. Unfortunately, most women don’t understand that being overweight is a SYMPTOM of a different problem: STRESS. There’s no reason for self-blame. Self loathing actually can make you overweight– it’s a vicious cycle!
Being under a lot of stress, or having chronic stress is the worst thing for your general health, and excess weight is just the evidence of how it’s affecting your body. When you are overweight, your biology has changed in your body.
Have you ever tried to force yourself to eat when you were full? It feels awful. The food doesn’t even taste good. That is how a normal body responds to keep you from over-eating.
But when you are stressed, the messages from your body are either being turned off, or you are not paying attention. You may be multi-tasking, trying to get work done; or overly busy with too much responsibility.
That’s why mindful eating is such a powerful tool for weight management. You don’t have to go on a diet. You don’t have to measure your food. You don’t need diet pills. All you have to do is listen to your body’s inborn mechanism that tells you when you are hungry, thirsty or tired. Your body is “on your side” – working to keep you healthy. If you listen to your body, you will be a healthy weight!
The problem is, when you are under stress, you are worrying and not paying attention to the signals from your body. Comfort food, which is what you learned was a sign of love when you were a little child, is the way that you attempt to relieve stress. But it isn’t a stress reliever, and can end up making you feel worse about yourself after you’ve stuffed your feelings with food!
The best stress relief is taking care of yourself. Stop worrying about things in the future!
Worrying is like pre-paying a toll for a bridge you may never cross
Other problems losing weight can be from subconscious beliefs of which you are not even aware. Trauma, abuse, or even being ignored when you were a child can put your body in a chronic state where it doesn’t feel safe. That makes it almost impossible to lose weight and not regain it.
Bring balance into your life, get enough time away from work, plenty of sleep, and listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry, and stop when you are full. Eat whatever you love, but eat it mindfully. And watch that belly fat and all signs of stress disappear!
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