Your Emotional Issues
When Addressing Your Diet
Indeed, food is a part of life more
primitive and fundamental than our most basic emotions. But, for
many, food is so closely tied to emotions that it can quickly
turn from that which nourishes and provides sustenance to that
which causes harm.
The key to losing weight, looking young and feeling full of energy--in
other words the key to living a truly healthy life--is to take
control of the emotional challenges that are sabotaging your food
choices. When you choose the right foods, you will naturally lose
weight and your body will function at its most optimum level;
even your appearance will reflect this renewed level of health.
There is no secret potion needed, only simple, basic foods and
the knowledge of how to overcome your emotional barriers.
The Weight Gain Culprits
Overwhelmingly, as evidenced by thousands of patients, the main
culprits behind weight gain is lack of physical activity and simple
carbohydrates. High-carbohydrate foods like bread, grains, cereal,
potatoes, fruit and sugar are converted to glucose (sugar) in
the body. When your body can't burn off this sugar, it accumulates
in the blood, causing your blood sugar level to rise. In response
to this, insulin is released to break down the sugar and store
Your body will actually increase its output of insulin to compensate
for the higher blood sugar levels. Over time this causes progressively
increasing levels of insulin and resistance to the effects of
Insulin resistance is one of the fundamental mechanisms behind
aging and all of its related diseases, including obesity as well
as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer and
Of course, the hard part is not in understanding which foods to
eat or avoid, the hard part is sticking to specific dietary habits.
Mentally, you know that you should eat lean proteins and fresh
fruits and vegetables, but emotionally you have been conditioned
to crave certain foods, such as grains and sugars. In other words,
successful eating is not a battle of acquiring the right knowledge,
but a battle against your own emotions.
Hidden Feelings Behind Food Cravings
Most people have tried a diet or two (or many more!) in their
lifetime. What you may not be aware of is that perpetual dieting
destabilizes your self-esteem and self-image. You briefly taste
dietary success and then inevitably fail, returning to your previous,
or an even heavier, weight.
What does this lead you to believe on a mental level? That you
are an overweight person, and it's impossible for you to permanently
lose weight. Further, on an emotional level, negative emotions
or memories can prompt your taste buds to crave fattening grains
and sugars to the point of addiction. The cycle is further encouraged
on a metabolic level, where your digestion and metabolism, overwhelmed
by an excess of grains and sugars, tell your body to store fat.
It's important to break this cycle so that you can return to a
new home base--a home base where you are at your ideal, healthy
weight. Breaking the cycle is where most people encounter problems,
because behind food cravings lurk emotions that have to be dealt
with before the cravings will subside.
Emotions are powerful. If you are feeling sad, lonely, anxious,
or angry, or are in need of comfort, sex, compassion or calm,
you may be tempted to eat unhealthy foods as a way to cope with
these feelings. The feelings are so intense, and your desire to
deal with them by succumbing to food cravings is so strong, because
behind those emotions are beliefs, which may stem from as far
back as childhood, telling you how to think, feel and act, often
without your realizing it. These are the emotional barriers that
you need to overcome.
Despite the fact that emotional barriers are by far the most common
reason why people ultimately fail on their diets, most popular
diet programs do nothing to address this issue.
Overcoming Emotional Barriers
Providing emotional solutions can prove successful in treating
overweight or obese people. There are various approaches out there
for dealing with these challenges, from traditional counseling
to prayer and meditation.
When physical problems are not the root cause of weight problems,
emotional therapy to address factors that underlie eating patterns
may be the assistance that overweight or obese people need to
achieve their weight loss goals and maintain happy and healthy
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