was there, is there abuse in your life?

was there, is there abuse in your life?

Overweight and obesity are in the news every day with claims that over 60{5b8e831512cf0c284f7edae7fc403e9a09e5b1736c5b1d60e4451a29dc064ebe} of people have a weight problem. Overweight people are blamed for causing their own weight issues. They’re blamed for eating too much, not exercising enough, not having enough discipline to stay on a diet.

There is so much contradictory information about what constitutes a healthy eating plan. People all over the world eat very different diets and some people are healthy, while others are not. No matter what eating plan you follow, you’ll find someone who will tell you it’s wrong, and it’s making you overweight. That’s NOT the source of the real problem of overweight.

The fact is the 95{5b8e831512cf0c284f7edae7fc403e9a09e5b1736c5b1d60e4451a29dc064ebe} of all people who go on diets fail to keep the weight off. Within a few months to a couple of years only 5{5b8e831512cf0c284f7edae7fc403e9a09e5b1736c5b1d60e4451a29dc064ebe} of dieters have not regained their weight.

This is not because 95{5b8e831512cf0c284f7edae7fc403e9a09e5b1736c5b1d60e4451a29dc064ebe} of the population is eating too much, and exercising too little. It’s not because they are eating unhealthy food. The reason is that people are under a lot of stress.

If you look at the statistics showing the people at the top of the economic “scale”, you’ll find far less obesity and Diabetes Type 2. Although people in higher paid professions do have stress, they have more options to manage their stress. People who are suffering in this economy have far fewer choices for stress relief.

Researchers are discovering that a higher percentage of people who are obese have a history of trauma and abuse in their childhood. When I work with people who are suffering from overweight and want to lose weight, my first questions are about when they started gaining weight. Invariably, there was a stressful event in their lives that preceded their weight gain.

Stress not only sends people for the refrigerator to eat “comfort foods”, but also changes your biology. Chronic stress slows down your metabolism, as your body changes to make you able to survive. Fight or flight, the stress response, will slow down and stop digestion, and all other normal body functions until the stress is over. For humans with chronic stress, the evidence is seen in belly fat.

Dieting and over-exercising, actually are stressful for your body! Being disgusted with your body and how you look is also stressful. These attempts to dieting will result in slowed weight loss, and a gradual regaining of the weight you struggle to lose.

What’s the answer to obesity and overweight? The first thing you will need to do is look into your past and try to see what started your weight gain. Was it past abuse, a stressful event in your life? Are you still stressed, or living in an abusive situation?

Don’t expect that your body will be able to lose weight and maintain that weight loss until you are able to relieve your stress. If you have a negative mindset, and hate your body, you are sabotaging your ability to lose weight and keep it off. This has been proven with research in brain science. The Law of Attraction also explains that the things upon which your focus are the things you create. The things you resist, persist!

It will be necessary to change your attitude from “fatitude” and start nurturing your body, and relieving your stress. Transforming your mindset is the most important step in overcoming overweight. Yes, abuse from others can be damaging. But self-abuse of negative self-talk and mindset can also be sabotaging your ability to lose weight.


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