Many people seem to be on a diet all the time. One time they follow the keto diet, the other time an extreme sports program and another time they only eat apples. Why is it so difficult to lose weight permanently? Just eat less and exercise more, right? If it were that easy, not so many people would have this problem. If you really want to make a transformation and lose weight forever, it takes a holistic approach that involves much more than just changing your diet and exercise pattern. How do you approach that? You read it here!
From a holistic point of view, we can assume that you as a human being are complete and perfect. Instead of fighting symptoms, which you do with diets, you look for the real cause of the “problem”. It is always at a deeper level. In principle, being a little heavier does not always have to be a bad thing, but overeating can cause many diseases. Just think of obesity, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels and diabetes. A healthy weight increases the quality of life and makes you feel better about yourself.
So if you catch yourself starting a new diet every time, it’s necessary to dig deeper into yourself to find out what the real cause is.
The most common real causes of obesity are fear, lack of safety, inability to deal with emotions, self-rejection and insecurity. It takes courage to really look there and to all the behavioral patterns that you have built around to protect yourself and to be able to free yourself from these patterns. But if you are open to that, you will lose weight effortlessly and keep it off forever.
Realize that this is not a quick fix, so take the time to dive in and be patient with yourself. Take pride in taking this on and trust that this is the right path. These tools will help you:
1. Positive Affirmations
Chances are you’ve taught yourself to reject yourself if you’ve eaten something unhealthy or worse, to punish yourself by wearing yourself out at the gym. Disciplined eating too little is common and while you might think this way of self-control would help you, it actually just sabotages the whole thing.
It is very important to treat yourself with love. And as crazy as it sounds, this can be quite a task to teach yourself if you haven’t done that for years.
Instead of rejecting yourself, approach yourself positively by saying affirmations out loud. For example: “I am safe with my own feelings, or I accept myself as I am.” Think of a few sentences that give you strength and repeat them out loud several times a day.
2. Become aware of your emotions
It helps to keep an emotion diary. In many cases, you eat too much because you don’t want to feel a certain emotion. It may well be that, for example, when you used to be in pain, you were comforted with a candy. Instead of really feeling and embracing the pain, you have learned a pattern to eat the pain away, and therefore not really have to deal with it.
It is very important to understand your emotions and learn to just let your emotions be there without reacting to them with food. You will see that if you keep track of this, you will soon see which moments and emotions are difficult for you to really welcome.
Be very gentle with yourself in this and don’t expect to be able to do this in a week. Take it one step at a time and forgive yourself if sometimes things don’t go the way you hoped.
Meditation helps you to be with what is and not to react directly to your impulses. If you meditate regularly, you will notice that you create more space to make healthy choices, are better able to look at your own behavior and can welcome emotions much more. Build a daily routine, for example start with 10 minutes a day.
And exercise doesn’t mean brushing yourself off in the gym. Find a way of moving that suits you, through which you experience joy and relaxation. Exercise helps to get into the body, ensures that happy hormones are released and that you start to feel good. It also makes you feel powerful, relaxed and energetic at the same time.
Try different things and find something that you really like, that makes you happy and that you can easily do on a regular basis. Build a routine that suits your situation, and do it as often as you feel comfortable.
5. Find your unique way
Every person is different and unique and has built up their own survival mechanisms. Therefore, do not compare yourself with others, but do deep research into what feels right for you. That can sometimes be strange or not beating for someone else, but follow your heart and reflect with yourself every time. Ask yourself a few times every day what you need to feel good and check in with yourself. Trust that you know exactly what you need and listen to yourself.
6. Create new recipes
To make healthy eating easier, it’s nice to know some basic recipes that are easy to prepare, which you can really enjoy. Look for tasty healthy recipes . Make it fun for yourself, keep it accessible and try out 1 or 2 new recipes every week.
7. Ask for help
If you’ve been obsessive about food for a long time, it can be very difficult to really look at yourself and your behavioral patterns. Do you have no clarity for a while and you don’t know where to look for it? Make a prayer and ask your higher self for help. You will see that there is always an answer. In addition, it is always a good idea to hire a coach who can support you with this!