There are a lot of startling statistics regarding obesity in America. 40% of Adults are obese, another 30% are overweight and our teen population seem to be following in those steps.
There are many factors that contribute to that epidemic weight gain. Some might say it’s our upsizing fast food American mentality, metabolism, sugar, carbs, our lazy culture or sedentary computer dependent lifestyle. These things are actually symptoms of a much more intangible yet extremely important element in weight balance. It’s tempting to pin blame on these and only these tangible parts of our human experience but we need to look deeper.
My experiences as a psychic is actually what led me to believe there was a lot more we needed to look at in terms of weight gain or loss. I discovered that giving my clients a psychic reading as a part of their first assessment, actually filled in a lot of blanks that the traditional health history or fitness questionnaire didn’t cover. Things like mental thought processing, emotional disposition, past traumas or abuse. Obviously, those aren’t things that would come up in a fitness readiness interview but they did during my readings. These insights made it clear exactly what was contributing to my client’s weight gain over the years (and no, it’s not usually age).
There are a few personality types that I find have the greatest difficulty when trying to lose weight. First there is the hypersensitive type. When someone is hypersensitive they tend to subconsciously internalize other’s feelings and for many those feelings are negative, this creates internal stress. When this happens it is almost as bad for the body as feeling it first hand. The same is true of someone who has experienced verbal, emotional or physical abuse or past trauma. In this case, the person’s mind remembers and replays those events complete with the scents, lighting, physical sensations and the emotions that came with it. Although that person knows and understands that this is an event from the past, their bodies will respond as though it is happening now.
What happens when the body mind experiences these memories? It reacts the same way it would as when the event originally happened only now in real time. The body will enter a fight or flight response, the adrenal glands will produce cortisol that will shoot into the bloodstream, the pancreas will react increasing insulin to ensure glucose will be used for energy, blood will flush the face and extremities and ultimately prepare the body for battle (or run) and the possible decrease of food that will follow. When no action is taken or activity being performed the energy is stored in the form of fat. It may also create cravings for foods that will increase other brain chemicals to keep you calm and feeling safe. The body will store fat for energy while protecting internal organs no matter what. This response perpetuates weight gain, even when calories are restricted and workouts are a part of the daily routine.
We tend to overlook our emotional history and our current stressor status when we need to lose weight. Knowing about past trauma or abuse can make the difference between a successful weight loss program and a failed one. When I see the body is hypersensitive with a history of abuse or experience of a trauma, I know that any messages; mental, emotional or physical are going to be very dramatic experiences for that individual. That type of drama translates into additional stress and begins the metabolism imbalance that can perpetuate weight gain.
Having intimate insight into a client’s past history gives me a better view of how to create their program. It allows me to explore my client’s experiences with them and create powerful ways to deal with them by not allowing past trauma or abuse to stop their progress toward their goals. In some cases we were able to reverse some very negative thought processes that increased cortisol levels or insulin within the body right away.
What is the best way to reverse the effects of feeling and experiencing a stressful event, whether it’s yours or someone else’s? Create new coping strategies for yourself. When you begin to feel very scared or angry focus on finding out why. If the origination of the feeling doesn’t seem to fit you or isn’t yours, mentally release it by repeating “This is not my anger, this is not my stress.” And visualize that feeling as a color in a balloon floating up and away from you. If you have the opportunity to run at the thought of anger or fear, do so. Performing a physical act will not only tell your mind you are doing something about the stress but the act will create an endorphin flush that will make you feel better instantly.
Also remember how those memories of past abuse caused all those negative responses? It can work with positive thought processes too.Create a new visualization that puts the other party (aggressor or thing) in a humorous light, imagine them in their underwear or painted pink. Or get rid of them altogether, throw them off a cliff, burn them in a mental fire or have aliens take them away. Follow up with a vision of you being surrounded by people who love you and want to see you winning!
In every case, when stress is involved, know you have power in your own process. Creating something new and more positive the first time will lead to bigger opportunities for you to take control of how your body is responding to stress the next time. Be aware, be prepared and make those mental shifts as needed. You will find you are happier and closer to your weight loss goals with less effort! A win/win all around.