The Key to Weight Loss That Most of Us Overlook
What's the biggest barrier to weight loss? If you cited a lack of exercise or an unhealthy diet, you're not alone. You're also wrong.
Psychological factors are the key when it comes to dropping pounds. Experts say we've got it all backward and without working out our emotional relationship with food and fitness, we'll never see results.
Most people focus almost entirely on the physical aspects of weight loss, like diet and exercise. But there is an emotional component to food that the vast majority of people simply overlook, and it can quickly sabotage their efforts.
The key is figuring out when we eat to regulate emotions, so we can consciously uncouple from our go-to comfort foods. If we're aware of it or not, we are conditioned to use food not only for nourishment, but for comfort. In order to lose weight and keep it off long term, we need to do more than just think about what we eat; we also need to understand why we're eating.
Keeping a food diary where you also jot down your emotions can help. But you don't even have to be that intense: just focus on the healthy food you actually enjoy and cut down the carbs as well as sugars.