The most important component to losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle is being able to connect to your body.
There are a lot of different ways for us to connect to our bodies, including:
- Learning to understand how your body feels when it’s physically hungry
- Being able to differentiate between physical and emotional hunger
- Knowing how to care for yourself emotionally so you don’t turn to food for comfort
- Understanding how your body likes to move, what king of activity feels good for you
- Knowing your personal value system when it comes to food and eating
- Identifying your personal health and fitness goals
- Learning what foods give you energy
The journey of losing weight is really an invitation to know yourself better and to connect with yourself and your body. But this information does not come from your mind or a diet book, the mind likes to talk, but permanent weight loss is a practice of listening, you need to tune in.
Now, don’t get me wrong, diets can provide amazing guidelines for helping us learn to connect to our bodies. They can point us in the direction of eating nutritious foods, help us understand how to move our bodies, teach us to plan and time our meals, etc. BUT the problem with diets is that often times instead of using them as a guideline (aka. tool to help us connect with ourselves) we use them as a strict set of rules that we must follow no matter, regardless of what our bodies or what our lifestyle craves. So in turn what happens is they end up inviting us to disconnect from our body, which is the polar opposite of what needs to happen to achieve permanent weight loss.
Can you see that? It’s a a bit if a slippery slope.
In this video I share a simple way to know whether or not a diet or exercise plan is right for you. If this topic resonates, be sure to check it out and then come down in the comments below and let me know your thoughts, questions, or experiences with dieting. xo