When it comes to weight loss, there are a lot of myths floating around, many of them claiming that losing weight is a simple equation. It may be technically true that “calories in, calories out” is a physical foundation for a weight loss program, but in reality, there are many factors directly affecting the way that weight loss or gain happens--and a lot of those are related to your mood. At the vanguard of nutritional science, doctors and others are looking at what happens when the mind interacts with the body, and how to use those processes to better help with weight loss and fitness programs. For many people, just understanding the power of the mind can help boost a weight loss program or improve physical fitness sessions to make your efforts more effective.
Food and Mood: Some Foundations of Weight Gain
Doctors all over the world can testify that there are often relationships between diet, weight and your general mood. For example, the use of antidepressants can have an effect on your weight. There are also studies done around “stress eaters” where scientists look at how stress affects a diet. And it often does. Eliminating stresses from daily life helps you to eat better, and feel better, too. A lot of the studies that promote this kind of thinking relate to pharmaceutical effects on mind/body processes, but this kind of research can also tell you a lot about yourself.
Mood and Metabolism
In some senses, there is a feedback cycle between your attitude and the way your metabolism works to produce energy. A positive or proactive mood can increase metabolic processes, because you are more active in little ways--more inclined to get out of a chair more frequently or take on more physical tasks during a day. By the same token, a faster metabolism can help to ward off some kinds of depression, where a sedentary life may increase negative feelings or emotions. Just because these two aspects of life can’t always be linked by direct numbers doesn’t mean these deep interactions between the body and the mind aren’t there.
Mental Clarity and Fitness
There’s also a kind of symbiotic loop between physical fitness and mental clarity or brain energy. Better focus and good mental acuity often leads to better fitness schedules and sessions. Also, a burst of physical activity that boosts the metabolism and the heart rate can be excellent for helping out with many kinds of mental tasks, especially tedious ones.
What all of this demonstrates is that weight loss is, at its core, a natural process. By contrast, some companies offering "quick miracle pills" or other easy remedies for weight loss are creating some disinformation about how the body works. If you are seeking out weight loss plans or counseling others you may benefit from some deep thinking about how the mind and body work together, and how this can impact your fitness or health regimen.