One of the things that I learned while eating a low carb diet is that my body doesn’t react well to stress. One of my biggest challenges that I had while losing weight was my body holding onto the fat even though I was eating 100% the way I had planned. I quickly learned that the cause of my weight loss resistance was the stress in my life and the pressure I was putting on myself.
Stress and Weight Loss Resistance
I’m sure there is a chemical reason stress seems to slow down fat loss, but I choose to believe that it wants to protect us. So with this in mind, what I would do is focus on keeping my body and spirit calm. So I learned early on, that if I wanted to help my body lose fat easily, I had to learn to treat it better by eliminating the stress in my life. It took some time, but I have been able to create a calm lifestyle that helps me keep the weight off.
I thought that it would be beneficial to share some of my favorite stress relieving activities with you here. Here are some of the things I found that helped me release fat and keep it off.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is the most important and number one thing you can do to eliminate weight loss resistance. Our body does a lot of recovering during the night while we are sleeping. So it is really important to get a good 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Understand Thoughts are Things
Something that I learned about myself early on in my life is that I’m an overthinker. I want to try to dissect and figure out everything. I would actually sabotage myself by thinking negative thoughts. I had to really make myself stop this. And it was hard, because the “overthinking” was something that I had done for years. So I needed to constantly remind myself that sometimes things just are what they are. I needed to simply let it go. I would constantly remind myself that what I thought about was what I brought about. So I decided to think better thoughts. And this was a huge challenge. But over time, I got better at it.
It takes time to change your thoughts. But it is imperative if you want to lose weight. Perhaps down the road, I’ll write more about the law of attraction, but let me just say this. If you are a negative thinker, you will sabotage your weight loss goals. This is something you must address, especially if you want to eliminate some of your stresses. Now would be a great time to read up on the Law of Attraction.
Create A Calming Atmosphere through your senses
A healthy lifestyle is about touching all of your senses. Of course, we affect the taste but I find it is important to also stimulate the sense of smell and the sense of hearing.
For example, the sound of music and calm me down in a matter of seconds. Listening to music that relaxes you can make a big difference when it comes to weight loss resistance. I listen to music at home while I’m cleaning and I listen to it in my car. I also listen to music while I’m working out. It always gets me going and makes me feel amazing. Music is very helpful when it comes to dealing with stress.
And for my nose let me just say, I love essential oils and candles. Different fragrances do different things for me. Some make me feel good, some calm me down and others give me energy. For example, lavender is very relaxing. I love to infuse lavender oil before bed because it relaxes me and helps me fall asleep. On the other hand, I love lemongrass in my shower. It just invigorates me. I love experimenting with different smells and you should too.
I have a favorite sent called Joyful Spirit that I infuse at home and I keep with me at work. It just keeps me even keel and I feel more upbeat. If you love essential oils, you may want to think about an essential oil infused bracelet so you can always keep your favorite fragrance with you.
I am not an exercise junkee. No, not even a little bit. But I do try to be active every day and at least walk. I make sure I get outside in the sun which is very healing and if I can’t get outside, then I walk on my treadmill. All I know is that I always feel so much better after exercise than I do before.
Hugs and Love
Through this process of losing weight with low carb, High Fat, I learned how to love myself. And more importantly, I learned to open up and let others in. I am now an emotional huggy bear. I am just so full of joy, I want to share it with everyone and I find myself hugging everyone. Hugs are very healing. They feel amazing. So I try to get and give hugs daily.
Stress and Weight Loss Go Hand In Hand
It is pretty neat actually how our bodies seek to protect us. But I think it is also pretty neat that we can nurture our bodies and get rewarded by losing weight and living longer while enjoying a healthy and happy life.