Gratitude and Weight Loss……..
We are familiar with both terms, separately. What do they mean together?
Gratitude is the emotional feeling of appreciation and love for things, people and experiences. Weight loss is typically the physiological feeling of hunger and deprivation and psychologically it can be the equivalent to our own personal torture. How can they ever find synergy and come together?
Let’s start with what they have in common. You. So you are going to bring them together.
How? Start with the understanding that the propensity to be grateful and to find and see things to be grateful for will take practice. Like any muscle, you can build it over time with consistent application.
“Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.” –Larissa Gomez
LACK OF SLEEP and STRESS are elements that over time can lead to weight gain. Gratitude may help increase sleep and help manage stress.
From The Science of Gratitude, “A handful of studies have found evidence that gratitude exercises may be able to improve sleep.” As far as stress management, if we can reduce stress by reminding ourselves of the ‘good stuff’, we can reduce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline which drastically affects our metabolism.
Christiane Northrup, MD writes:
“Every day, spend just a few minutes focusing on appreciating what brings you pleasure now. Make appreciation a habit. Keep an appreciation journal. What you pay attention to expands. Spend time noticing what is working and what you like right now. You will never feel happy or fulfilled in the future unless you can feel how that would feel right now. Over time this process will change every cell in your body.”
How to start? As Dr. Northrup suggests, keeping an appreciation or gratitude journal. Write down at least 3 things you appreciate. This is how you will start the journey of combining gratitude and weight loss, pen to pad.
With Much Love,