Lose Weight Easily
Listen to Your Body's Wisdom
Do you believe that your body knows what it needs to come back into healthy balance? Most
people don't believe that, which is why they seek outside "authorities" to tell them what to do and when to do it.
"Eat this, don't eat that, do this workout routine this many times per week, and you will lose weight."
I won't deny that this approach can work - but at what cost? The truth for many of us is
that there are specific reasons WHY we became overweight in the first place.
And most often it's not because we're lazy or out of control; it's because we are unhappy,
scared, or stressed and we learned how to use food to muffle those uncomfortable feelings.
Strict diets may appear to work for awhile, but they don't address the underlying causes
for our weight gain in the first place, which means we will keep bouncing back and forth, losing weight, gaining
weight, losing, gaining...potentially for the rest of our lives.
If we instead focus on the underlying issues that created the weight gain and resolve
those first, our physical habits will usually be resolved too. Excessive cravings begin to fade away and we start
taking better care of our bodies - rather than trying to beat them into submission with rigid rules and
But how do we start this process of inner healing? How do we figure out why we gained
weight in the first place, and what we need to do to let go of the excess pounds?
1) Tuning in
Most of us have become so disconnected from our bodies that we can no longer clearly hear
the messages they are constantly communicating to us. One good way to remedy this is to begin "tuning in" to our
bodies daily. This is as simple as sitting quietly and turning our attention inward.
2) Asking questions
The next step is to start asking questions to determine where we are out of balance and
what needs to be done to bring us back into balance. Questions like these are good to start: Why do I overeat? Why
do I crave sugar so much? How can I balance my eating habits? Which foods make me feel good, and which foods make
me feel bad? How can I boost my metabolism safely?
3) Listening to the answers
When we ask questions like this, our bodies will answer! The answers may come in subtle ways, like
a feeling, a spontaneous thought, a fleeting insight - or we may feel led to explore a particular book or
course, or to supplements that can help increase energy and vitality, or any number of other tools.
Whatever wisdom comes, it's important to honor it and listen to it. That's not always easy
to do because it often requires facing fears or dealing with uncomfortable emotions.
For example, if your body communicates that you crave sugar to smother feelings of anger
from a childhood abuse incident, you must then make a decision - do you ignore the insight and continue eating
excessive amounts of sugar, or do you gather your courage and process the uncomfortable feelings so you can finally
be free of them?
(For serious emotional issues, you may want to consult a qualified therapist to help you
work through them.)
Beyond the deeper issues behind overeating, you can also consult your body's wisdom on day
to day decisions. Mentally tune in several times a day and ask your body what it needs right now. Ask which foods
it prefers to eat, and how much rest it needs. When you ask, you will receive answers!
The obvious benefit of doing this, of course, is that your body will tell you exactly what
it needs to be healthy, strong and happy. And when your body is healthy, strong and happy - so are you!