Smile and Lose WeightPosted: September 30, 2015 in Lifestyle by Craig Primack MD FACP
How paying attention to your mental health can actually give your physical health a boost, especially during a medical weight loss program in Scottsdale, Chandler, Glendale, and Phoenix.
When was the last time you truly felt happy with yourself? There are a lot of people who can’t answer this question honestly. Thanks to an internet filled with body shaming posts and endless pressure out of Hollywood to be as thin as you can be, it is only getting harder to actually appreciate the skin that you are in. And a lot of times this pressure can start to weigh down on you mentally, interfering with how you feel about yourself as a person, your accomplishments, and even your relationships and career goals.
Medical weight loss programs are comprehensive wellness strategy plans that incorporate a series of medical interventions and lifestyle changes to deliver the best chance for weight loss success. But if you aren’t able to find a way to be happy without being at your perfect weight, there is a big chance that you won’t be happy once you reach your weight loss goal.
This is actually a huge issue in the weight loss industry. One of the key reasons that people gain weight back after losing it is because they didn’t make the fundamental changes to their lifestyle that are necessary for long-term weight management. One of these lifestyle changes is your mental outlook on diet, exercise and life in general. Depression increases your risk for weight-gaining risk-factors like emotional eating and sedentary behavior. If you want to reach your weight loss goal and find a way to keep the weight off long term, then it pays to think about your mental well-being, too.
Before reading any further, give this simple exercise a try. Wherever you are, stretch those cheek muscles out to your ears and put on a nice big smile. Whatever you’re thinking about, whatever attitude you have about the rest of the day, chances are you will think about things differently the longer you hold your smile.
Now imagine feeling a similar wave of positivity over every aspect of your life, from your friendships to your job prospects. Dedicating time to a healthier mental outlook can bring you to a happier place, and this can help with motivation as you lose weight, and help you manage that weight loss long term.
Attitude can make or break your weight loss program, and a smile is often the first step of building a positive attitude. Think about the difference it would make in your life if you spent your entire day looking forward to the opportunity to go home and work out, instead of thinking of your workout as a chore you have to do for the sake of your weight loss efforts.
There are different ways that you can start thinking about improving your mental health. A good place to start is with simple healthy habits, like keeping a journal or practicing mindfulness and meditation. If you think you may be struggling with chronic anxiety or depression, consider speaking with a mental health counselor about your concerns. Taking steps now to improve your mental health might help you achieve greater results with your physical health, too.