How Your Thoughts Create Weight!
Why is it so important that you transfer your negative self-talk to a more positive mindset for your weight management? To put it very simply your negative self-talk can drive you to over eat. If you are an emotional eater you will be more inclined to eat as a way to calm or numb yourself, feed a hungry heart and deal with stress.
Emotional eaters at times can be confused about how and what they are feeling and how to manage difficult feelings. Our thought patterns create our FEELINGS, which result in our behaviours (as above so below).
*Thoughts: I am fat nobody will love me/Why did I eat that
*Feelings that rise from the thoughts: I am bad, unworthy, and unlovable
*Behaviour from thoughts: Emotional/binge eating
Below are common negative thinking styles, which can be a trait among people who have issues with their weight.
*Perfectionism: Things are good or bad, there is no in-between. If you are not perfect, you have failed.
*Catastrophic thinking: “Magnifying“ the worst possible outcome.
*Helpless thinking: “what’s the point?”
*Fantasy Thinking: “When I am _____ Ibs/stone I’ll be happy”
*Automatic Fattening Thoughts: “I am fat anyway I might as well eatthem all now.
*Negative thinking: I am useless and stupid, I can’t stick to anything.
Our thinking styles have become a habit and robotic over time. When we bring awareness to our thinking styles, feelings and behaviours we can change them and weight loss can occur. The ability to become the observer of your thoughts is a step forward in changing your behaviour and emotional reactions.
It requires you to be non judgemental and present. Start simple and take one day at a time. Steps to create greater self-awareness of self and thought.
1. To create awareness of your thinking patterns, listen to the voice in yourhead. Pay attention to your thought patterns. Do your best not to judge, orlabel. Just become the watcher and listener.
2. Journaling – I ask all my clients to have a food diary. This is a great tool forclients to see what they are eating and why. Are they eating in response tohunger or an emotion?
3. Mindfulness — Being fully present in the moment helps you to becomemore aware of yourself and others. Mindfulness is a great tool to bring self-awareness to thoughts running through your mind.
4.Yoga – Yoga promotes awareness both physically and psychologically and ithelps to quieten the mind.
5. Breath work —To maintain a healthy, happy life it is good to be consciousof your breath, being aware of your breath helps you to connect the head withthe heart and body.
As self-awareness becomes apart of your life, negative patterns will dissolve. As you train your mind to let go of negativity the weight on the body will follow. Your thoughts are creating your reality, what are you creating!
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