Have you ever felt like you know exactly what to do in order to lose weight, but still can’t do it? You are not alone, and in fact, many people are in the same situation as you are. It’s so often that people who want to lose weight often think that they know exactly what to do to lose weight but just can’t seem to follow through.
However, it is not that we know exactly what to do and just lack discipline, but rather there are times when we don’t know exactly what it is that we have no idea about. In other words, we don’t even know what to ask ourselves about or what we still are lacking about ourselves. There are two most common blind spots when it comes to knowledge about weight loss.
The first one is believing that we know what to do about our nutrition by ourselves.
Usually, professional actors and actresses, hire dietitians and nutritionists to make them a diet tailor-made for themselves. While for us regular people, a lot of us are forcing ourselves into diets that are not suited for our bodies or lifestyle. You would see people being physically active and stressed throughout the day and depriving themselves of food at the same time and other bad nutritional habits.
So if you’re living in a state of constant stress, work, and fatigue, then you might not want to deprive yourself of food too much.
Many people have also conditioned themselves to rely on food whenever they are stressed, fatigued, or overworked. People are also relying on food to escape problems such as overthinking, imposter syndrome, and low self-esteem.
Trying to figure out our own nutrition is important. However, it is not everything that we have to consider. There are a lot of other factors that we have to consider when it comes to weight loss since our food problems may only be a surface-level symptom.
How can this be surface-level? Firstly you’ve trained your brain that food is the most rapid, reliable & effective way to switch your brain off and get a sense of release from stress & overwhelm.
The second one brings us to the second blind spot that we mentioned earlier.
The second line spot when it comes to dealing with weight loss is our internal habits. They say our physical body is also a reflection of our soul, or in this case, our mental state. A lot of us have developed many habits. These habits include, but are not limited to, having low self-esteem, fear of making mistakes, perfectionism, and people pleasing. restlessness, overthinking, and the fear of being judged.
Many of these problems arise from our environments and are not brought upon by ourselves. Problems in our environments such as stress, toxic work environment, and living in a fast-paced environment with a lot of expectations on our shoulders can definitely take a toll on our mental well-being which reflects on our physical health as well.
Furthermore, negative emotions are fueled by our many bad experiences in life. These bad experiences include anxiety, exhaustion, and feeling underappreciated and overworked. The state of our relationships can affect our mental and physical health as well, such as when we feel distant from our loved ones. When we don’t feel that we are valued or needed by the people around us, especially by the people closest to us, such as our kids and significant others, it can affect our motivation to do anything good, especially for ourselves.
One of the ways these many problems in our mental and emotional health manifests physically is binge eating or emotional eating, emotional drinking, compulsive buying, and excessive use of social media and other entertainment.
Bottom line: Nutrition MATTERS.
But the REAL reason people are constantly struggling to make anything work is that they don’t have the emotional or psychological foundations in the first place.
Our weight loss issues do not stem only from food nor is it only from a lack of discipline. As mentioned in this article, our experiences, emotions, and mental and emotional health can affect our weight loss progress as well. So if you want to lose weight more effectively, we must address all of these problems. We must get to the root of these problems and move ourselves to a better environment, better relationships, and a better mental state.
If you are sick and tired of struggling with your weight or a poor relationship with food and you know this is holding you back in all areas of your life – this is for you!