Most of us have read articles that discuss the effects of stress on our metabolism – and how it isn’t great for weight-loss. Stress spikes cortisol, and cortisol turns into belly fat.
Think for a moment: When you talk negatively to yourself, how do you feel? Do you feel light and uplifted? Full of positive energy? Or do you feel down, stressed, and kind of pressured? Like you’re required to do something that you’re not looking forward to?
I’m going to guess that you feel down, kind of stressed, and a little burdened by the pressure you’re experiencing to preform perfectly around food. (Say hello to a binge in your near future).
The bummer about talking negatively to yourself is that it typically happens when you’re already feeling down. When the negative words set in, it feels more hopeless; not more hopeful, which is the place from which we grow and make change.
The next time you catch yourself speaking negatively about your body, remember that talking this way won’t help you to feel better, and it won’t help you to lose weight.
Lasting change come from a place of kindness, not judgment.
Instead, the next time you’re feeling down about yourself, speak kindly by saying things like “you’re being so gentle with yourself” or, “you’re doing the best you can.” Even saying “it’s going to be okay” can be so relieving. Recognize how hard it would be to have someone in your ear speaking down to you, and give yourself permission to be kind, even if you feel like you don’t deserve it.
Remember, everyone feels down on themselves sometimes, and the best thing you can do for your health, and your weight, is to encourage yourself, to lift yourself up, and to say something nice that helps you to feel energized, positive, less stressed, and light.
Practice this for a week, and share the changes you notice here.
This article was contributed by Paige Schmidt, a Health Coach and graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Click here to learn more about becoming a Health Coach by sampling a free class from IIN.
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