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5 Common Mental Blocks to Losing Weight

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Weight loss is often thought of as a purely physical process that involves eating less and exercising more. However, the mind-body-spirit connection suggests that our thoughts, emotions, and actions play an equally important role in our weight loss journey. In order to overcome mental blocks that hinder weight loss, it is crucial to address stress, anxiety, depression, fear, and perfectionism.

There are five common mental/psychological blocks to losing weight:

  1. Negative body image: A negative body image increases the risk of engaging in unhealthy weight loss behaviors, such as excessively restrictive eating, over-exercising, and other disordered eating behaviors (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating).
  2. Stress: Stress can lead to poor sleep, increased appetite, and reduced motivation to exercise. Long-term stress can lead to higher insulin levels that drive down blood sugar and cause cravings for sugary and fatty foods. Chronic stress can elevate cortisol levels, so your body goes into fight or flight mode, slowing your metabolism and storing belly fat to keep up your energy to “fight”.
  3. Depression/anxiety: People who struggle with mental health issues often experience sleeplessness and fatigue, which can make weight loss more difficult. Depression can also interfere with impulse control, and result in eating disorders.
  4. Comfort zone: Taking yourself out of your comfort zone to change your eating and exercise habits can be overwhelming. When you are mentally overwhelmed, you tend to cling to old routines where you feel safe.
  5. Thinking in extremes: Black & white thinking is an all or nothing mindset that pushes you to accept failure as soon as one single thing goes wrong instead of getting back on track. This kind of thinking creates a barrier to success 

By incorporating simple psychology techniques into our weight loss efforts, we can give ourselves a significant boost. One effective strategy is to set concrete and achievable goals. By defining specific targets and creating an action plan, we can stay focused and motivated on our journey.

Additionally, managing stress is essential for weight loss. Stress often leads to emotional eating and makes it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Utilizing stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or engaging in enjoyable activities can help prevent emotional eating and promote overall well-being.

Redefining our perception of success is another powerful psychological tool. Rather than solely focusing on reaching a specific number on the scale, we can redefine success as making positive changes in our habits and lifestyle. Celebrating small victories along the way can boost our confidence and motivation.

Finally, surrounding ourselves with a supportive community can significantly impact our weight loss journey. Connecting with like-minded individuals who share similar goals can provide encouragement, accountability, and valuable advice. Online communities, support groups, or even a workout buddy can make a significant difference in our success.

Ultimately, weight loss is not merely about physical changes but also about cultivating self-love and embracing the mind-body-spirit connection. By employing simple psychology techniques, we can initiate meaningful and long-lasting change on our weight loss journey.

A holistic healing retreat at OHI will reboot your mind body and spirit, give you the education you need to change your mindset, and reaffirm your connection with God. Weight loss isn’t about hating the body you’re in. It’s about loving yourself enough to do the best you can every day and celebrate the power of the mind body spirit connection. Change your mindset and change your life! Employ simple psychology and embrace meaningful change on your weight loss journey!


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