Weight-loss journeys tend to be emotional endeavors. Learning how to deal with your emotions can be the key to helping you feel healthier, both inside and out. Discover how these five women revamped their habits to feel stronger, healthier and happier, and learn how they faced their biggest emotional weight loss-challenges in an empowering way.
Finding a Support System
For most people, the biggest emotional challenge is feeling bad after a cheat meal, snack, or overeating. One way to combat this is by finding a good support system. Heather McGovern, 40, said, “Finding people I could talk to, share what I felt, and tell if I was having a bad day or even a good one was key … So meet some friends at the gym who have similar goals. These people will give you real support because they are experiencing many of the same things.”
Making Your Workouts All About You
Aerobic exercises, including jogging, swimming, and cycling, have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression. Crystal Larson, 38, uses exercise as a mood booster to help her on days when the scale doesn’t seem to reflect her weight-loss efforts. “One thing that would get me down was when the scale wasn’t moving down like I wanted it to. I knew in my head that I was losing inches and gaining muscle—I was two sizes smaller—but the numbers weren’t going down … Now when I’m feeling stressed, exercise has become my vacation. When I run through the neighborhood, I zone out and don’t worry about anything.”
Réshanda Yates, 35, learned how to identify the physical sensations that were causing her cravings. “What I had previously thought was an uncontrollable urge could be boiled down to tension and other sensations in my body. I used to think that eating chocolate or pizza made me feel better when I was sad or stressed, but realized that it actually made me feel worse … The key for me turned out to be taking mini mindful moments—30-second moments of stillness that help me to stay cool, calm, and collected throughout the day and therefore much less likely to turn into the cookie monster at the end of the day.”
It can be difficult to think about how you’re going to keep mindful eating habits while attending social events. To cope, Casey Larcome, 37, planned ahead for events like weddings and family birthday parties. “I started budgeting in a special treat that I would bring myself, such as Halo Top ice cream. I would be sure my calories and macros were budgeted through the day to allow myself to indulge smartly. I only had to do this a handful of times, but it helped me from becoming down during fun events.”
Acknowledging and Correcting Any Negative Thoughts
Losing weight often means saying “no” to emotional eating and “yes” to difficult self-exploration. Juliet Fox, 34, says acknowledging her emotions and not denying them helped during her weight loss.
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