According to The National Institutes of Health, the most successful weight loss programs take a mind-body approach. That’s because the mind and body are two parts of the same system. And in our human system, what affects your mind affects your body. Likewise, what affects your body affects your mind. So, long-term success in weight loss is usually more complicated than saying “I’ll just eat less and exercise more.” That approach may produce some short term weight loss, but without addressing your individual needs as a whole person it is very likely that the weight will be regained.
A mind-body weight loss program can deal with emotional drivers of eating, like stress. Many people react to stress by binge eating. Stress eaters often eat quickly and eat highly processed, simple carbohydrate type foods (sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, processed grains, snack foods, etc.). These foods are usually calorie dense and low in fiber content. And that means you can eat a lot of food before your brain gets the signal from your digestive system that you have eaten enough. This results in feeling overfull, feeling negative emotions from overeating, and then feeling like you have no control, which leads to more overeating.
Additionally, the stress and anxiety you experience can lead to sleeplessness and elevated cortisol levels. Low energy and high cortisol levels results in even more cravings for these carb heavy foods. So, in this case it is obviously not just about the eating, but also the emotional drivers of your behavior.
These emotional and physical drivers of poor eating habits create a vicious cycle – a cycle that must be broken in order for you to take control of your life and health. The good news is that you can take control!
There are many different mind-body challenges that can cause a downward health spiral towards obesity and the many possible health problems that result. Unlike more traditional approaches, a mind-body weight loss program is better suited to meet your individual challenges head-on. According to The National Institutes of Health, there is “a growing body of literature that suggests mind-body strategies support and enhance a multi-modal weight loss program that focuses on lifestyle changes of diet, exercise, reduced stress, and mindful living.”
At Flourish for Life, your mind-body weight loss program can include:
- Realistic goals and accountability
- Health coaching
- Nutritional consulting
- Fitness consulting
- A realistic nutritional program and eating plan
- Positive change and emotional balance through one or more of the following methods:
- Creative Visualization
- Mindfulness training
- Positive Psychology Coaching
- Nutritional supplements and natural appetite suppressants, when needed
- Coordination of a Medical weight loss program, when needed
Regardless of your weight loss challenges, in almost every instance a well designed mind-body weight loss program will produce the best results for your short-term goals as well as your long-term health.
Call us today for a free consultation at 919-468-3900. Find out how Flourish for Life can help you to make the changes you desire and start living the life you deserve!