Your Emotions Might Be the Reason You Cannot Lose Weight
It’s summer once again; the official announcement, the summer solstice, the 80 and 90 degree days in some parts of the country, and the school graduations have started us thinking about the new season. When women think about summer, it is usually associated with how to lose weight. You know it is true, unfortunate, but true. To lose weight is one of the cornerstones for many people especially women, because women always want help to lose weight, most of all in the spring and summer.
The one thing that many do not realize and have not learned is that if you don’t address the emotional side of weight loss you will not lose weight. As humans, we are emotional beings and it doesn’t matter how many facts you have about healthy eating. If you don’t recognize that your emotions play a large role in making your eating decisions you will not be successful to lose weight or keeping it off.
Understanding and managing behaviors and emotions related to weight management is essential to weight loss. This is according to a survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center with over 1,300 licensed psychologists. What are emotional behaviors related to weight loss?
- Emotions related to maintaining a regular workout.
- Emotions about making healthy food choices.
- Emotions related to other stressful situations in your life.
- Feeling guilty about poor behavioral choices that cause you to fall off your diet regimen.
- Gaining self-control over behaviors related to lose weight.
You have to have a weight loss plan that includes some strategies to manage your emotions. You need to have successful strategies such as a balanced whole foods diet, education on how much and how often to eat, and mind-body strategies like:
- Goal-setting before starting a program to lose weight.
- Record-keeping of successes and setbacks during the whole process.
- Therapies to identify and address negative emotions that trigger unhealthy behaviors.
- Finding solutions to setbacks and obstacles before and after they arrive.