Are you one of those people who has tried EVERY diet only to A: not drop a pound or B: gain it all back right away? Why oh why can’t you get to your goal weight and stay there?!
You lack willpower
Your “addiction” to sugar
Lack of exercise
Too much of something
Too much of ANYTHING
You have your conscious mind and your unconscious mind. In general, only 5% of your brain activity is conscious. That means the majority of our thoughts and behaviors are unconscious. So, consciously you may be convinced that losing weight is what you desire and would be the best thing for you. Still, your unconscious mind is constantly influencing your behaviors and if it has any reason it doesn’t believe losing weight is in your best interest, there will be resistance.
You might be thinking, “Why the hell would a part of me sabotage my goals to get healthy?” Well, this isn’t actually what is happening. In truth, this part of you is trying to protect you, not harm you. We have to remember what extra weight is in the first place. Protection. And if any part of you-unconsciously- sees a danger or threat involved in you losing weight, it’s gonna drag its feet or come up with excuses to skip the gym/eat an extra serving/hold on to extra pounds.
Looking back I realize I unconsciously used food to numb from ANY uncomfortable feelings and binge eating was what was keeping me from holding on to unwanted chub. If I were to actually stop overeating I would have had no way of numbing that pain and instead I would have had to feel it….cringe. And since I didn’t have any tools at the time to uncover what was going on on a deeper level, it felt much easier to numb it than to face it. This kept me coming back to the binging cycle when dieting/healthy eating/starving myself left me feeling too vulnerable.
So now what? Must you just accept this internal battle and hope the team you are consciously rooting for wins?
Holding onto extra weight is a symptom of a deeper issue, it’s not the real issue. When you look deeper and begin to heal the wounds and beliefs causing this symptom, weight loss will be a natural side effect.