Preoccupation with weight loss can develop into a full-fledged fixation. The stress of weight loss goals and the need for immediate results can be a challenge for many people. Luckily, there are ways to combat this stress. Here are four ways to deal with weight loss fixation.
Walking is an activity that offers many benefits for dieters. It not only helps to burn off calories, it can also clear your mind of stressful thoughts and emotions. Creative people often remark that when they are stuck on a problem and cannot think of a solution, a long walk relaxes them and gets the creative juices flowing.
Similarly for dieters, walking can help to redirect the mind to things other than cravings or an obsession with calorie counting. When on a walk, breathing deeply and staying in the present moment redirects your energy to things in your environment. You may notice beautiful flowers, friendly neighbors, an adorable puppy or other things that make you smile and enliven you.
Speaking of smiling, laughter is an excellent stress-reliever. Laughter therapy is a purposeful activity that makes you laugh. It is used in weight loss programs and cancer treatment centers to make people feel happier and healthier.
One type of laughter therapy is an active one where you purposely think of funny things or tell and hear humorous jokes. The second kind is rather passive and entails watching funny shows and being around people who make you laugh. Whatever the approach, laughter relaxes the nerves and relieves you of the stress that often accompanies a fixation on weight loss.
Yoga has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Those who practice yoga experience stretching and strengthening of muscles, deep breathing techniques and overall relaxation that leaves them feeling joyful and stress-free. For dieters, yoga is not only good exercise, it also helps to lift them out of obsessive thoughts related to food control and weight loss. Some people who practice yoga experience a reduction in food cravings because of the increased circulation and balance created in the body.
Writing therapy is another strategy for relieving stress. Studies have found that individuals who have experienced traumatic life events find great comfort in writing about those experiences. These results span people of all ages and backgrounds, from the military veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder to the average person who has dealt with the loss of a spouse or a job.
For dieters, writing about food cravings and venting on paper about the frustrations of being on a diet is a simple way to reduce stress. Sometimes the practice of writing helps you to connect with the emotions underneath a food craving. At other times, it just helps you to feel less alone with your thoughts and feelings.
Being on a weight loss plan that requires a complete change in eating and lifestyle habits can be stressful. Walking, laughing, practicing yoga and keeping a journal can help to reduce that stress and bring you closer to your goals with a greater sense of contentment and overall joy.