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5 Women Share How They Dealt With The Emotional Challenges Of Weight Loss

11 months ago, 19 Jan 03:37

By: K. Aleisha Fetters

Weight loss never follows a straight path. Instead, it rollercoasters. Some days your weight’s up, some days it’s down, and some days, you have no idea what the heck it’s doing. And when you’re trying to lose weight, the same could be said for your mood. After all, while making healthy changes to your nutrition and exercise routine can certainly pick up your mood over the long-haul, when you’re in the throes of actually making those changes, you can get pretty bummed out, or just really ticked off. In fact, one study from Northwestern University shows that the simple act of exerting self-control can lead to irritation, stress, and anger. In the study, when people decided to eat a healthy snack over junk food, they were more likely to want to then watch movies with angry, revenge-filled plots. They were also more likely to report being annoyed by the healthy food wrapper, of all things. Add in the fact that trying to lose weight often means saying “no” to emotional eating and “yes” to (sometimes painful) self-exploration, and, yeah, it’s no surprise that weight-loss mood swings are a thing. Fortunately, they don’t have to throw off your progress. And, moreover, learning the right way to deal with yours can actually make you way healthier, both inside and out. Here, five women share the biggest emotional challenges they faced on their weight-loss journeys, and how they dealt with them in a healthy, empowering way. Follow their lead to boost your mind and body. “The biggest challenge to my mood was feeling self-defeat. Every time I had a bad day or a cheat meal or snack, I'd immediately tell myself that I failed and the whole day was a waste. I would then eat horribly the rest of the day. It would make me feel frustrated and upset. I am working on learning that one bite of something won't ruin your whole day, and that a brownie doesn't taste any better the more bites you take, nor is it more satisfying. “For me, finding people I could talk to, share what I felt, and tell if I was having a bad day or even a good one was key. And, no, a spouse or significant other might not always understand your frustrations. So meet some friends at the gym who have similar goals. These people will give you real support because they are experiencing many of the same things. It is a really hard journey to go through alone. The journey never ends. Once you achieve your goals, it’s time to maintain.” —Heather McGovern, 40, lost 70 pounds Check out Mama June's incredible weight loss transformation: “My mood actually got a lot better during my journey. But the one thing that would get me down was when the scale wasn’t moving down like I wanted it to. I knew in my head that I was losing inches and gaining muscle—I was two sizes smaller—but the numbers just were not going down. Now, when I’m ...
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5 Women Share How They Dealt With The Emotional Challenges Of Weight Loss

11 months ago, 19 Jan 03:37

By: K. Aleisha Fetters
Weight loss never follows a straight path. Instead, it rollercoasters. Some days your weight’s up, some days it’s down, and some days, you have no idea what the heck it’s doing. And when you’re trying to lose weight, the same could be said for your mood. After all, while making healthy changes to your nutrition and exercise routine can certainly pick up your mood over the long-haul, when you’re in the throes of actually making those changes, you can get pretty bummed out, or just really ticked off. In fact, one study from Northwestern University shows that the simple act of exerting self-control can lead to irritation, stress, and anger. In the study, when people decided to eat a healthy snack over junk food, they were more likely to want to then watch movies with angry, revenge-filled plots. They were also more likely to report being annoyed by the healthy food wrapper, of all things. Add in the fact that trying to lose weight often means saying “no” to emotional eating and “yes” to (sometimes painful) self-exploration, and, yeah, it’s no surprise that weight-loss mood swings are a thing. Fortunately, they don’t have to throw off your progress. And, moreover, learning the right way to deal with yours can actually make you way healthier, both inside and out. Here, five women share the biggest emotional challenges they faced on their weight-loss journeys, and how they dealt with them in a healthy, empowering way. Follow their lead to boost your mind and body. “The biggest challenge to my mood was feeling self-defeat. Every time I had a bad day or a cheat meal or snack, I'd immediately tell myself that I failed and the whole day was a waste. I would then eat horribly the rest of the day. It would make me feel frustrated and upset. I am working on learning that one bite of something won't ruin your whole day, and that a brownie doesn't taste any better the more bites you take, nor is it more satisfying. “For me, finding people I could talk to, share what I felt, and tell if I was having a bad day or even a good one was key. And, no, a spouse or significant other might not always understand your frustrations. So meet some friends at the gym who have similar goals. These people will give you real support because they are experiencing many of the same things. It is a really hard journey to go through alone. The journey never ends. Once you achieve your goals, it’s time to maintain.” —Heather McGovern, 40, lost 70 pounds Check out Mama June's incredible weight loss transformation: “My mood actually got a lot better during my journey. But the one thing that would get me down was when the scale wasn’t moving down like I wanted it to. I knew in my head that I was losing inches and gaining muscle—I was two sizes smaller—but the numbers just were not going down. Now, when I’m ...
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