I heard this statement a few weeks ago during a televised seminar on spiritual and emotional health. The underlying condition of a great many of us as we try to lose weight and get fit is at times volatile and is more often than not the key to whether we do or do not reach our fitness goals. It is this condition that I speak on frequently to encourage all of you to take an internal look at every aspect of your life to pinpoint, examine, and resolve what sets you back. Whether it’s food, or lack of self worth, or loneliness, or family issues.
So if you find you’re not dropping the pounds like you expected, take a closer look at your life. Sometimes, the ability to lose weight is not just about what you eat and how much you work out. What’s not working? Are you involved in an unhealthy relationship? Are you unhappy at your job? Are you suffering from self-doubt? Are you getting enough rest? All of these can have considerable impact on your progress.
Depression, boredom, loneliness, chronic anger, anxiety, frustration, problems with interpersonal relationships, and poor self-esteem are all triggers. With the body is chronically under these kinds of stress, there is a significant increase in cortisol levels. Which in turn signals yours body to hang onto weight and deposit more fat into your abdomen. Cortisol also drives your appetite, especially for things that are “comforting.” In other words, you reach for the fattiest most sugar-laden foods you can find.
Unfortunately, many people learn early on to use food to bring comfort and turn to eating every time there’s a need for emotional healing. This becomes a habitual response and prevents us form learning the skills that can effectively resolve emotional distress. Learning to identify the situations and emotions that trigger overeating and developing alternative, healthier habits can help to break the cycle and prevent future compulsive eating.
You must identity every negative element in your life and remove it, not ignore it. Because all of these outside factors, if not properly address, can very easily lead you down a detrimental path of emotional eating; an explosive in regards to your weight loss efforts. Recognize and deal with what’s getting in the way of your goal. Find a better way to decompress; change what you can and let the rest go. And stop running to the fridge for relief.
So the statement I share with you, “Stop bingeing to keep from purging,” take heed to it as you go through this process. The more the need to get rid of something in our lives, the greater our urge becomes to put more things in our lives to cover it up. You cannot erase that habit, that tendency, that craving, that dependency, that addiction by hiding it and pretending it’s not there. It’s only dealing with the issue head on that will avail. Stop pouring in when you need to pour out.