Many of my clients were initially overweight, not all, but most were. In fact, more than 60% of my clients came to me to help them lose weight. The other 40% is a mixture of people who want to live longer, who want to look sexier, who want to add muscle to their physique, or who simply want to live a healthy, energy-rich life. People that struggle with their weight also struggle with a slow metabolism. This can be a side effect of not eating enough. So what are some symptoms of a slow metabolism?
Today, I’m going to focus on helping those people who want to lose weight, not because I believe that the topic of weight loss is more important than other topics I could cover, but because I think I need to clear up a few false ideas that are circulating in the industry.
First and foremost, if you’re overweight, there’s a very good chance that you have a slow metabolism! I know that might not be shocking to you. You may have already figured that you had a slow metabolism, but here’s why I’m re-stating it…
Having a slow metabolism means you can eat ‘only a little food’ and still gain more weight than your neighbor, who eats far more than you daily of his or her life. By not eating enough, you can seriously mess with your metabolism.
Your metabolism is basically a bunch of organs and glands that are responsible for regulating how your body burns food for fuel and how it converts that food into energy. These include the thyroid, pancreas, stomach, small and large intestines, and colon.
SYSTEM OUT OF BALANCE?
When you have a slow metabolism, there’s a good chance that one or more of these systems is out of balance or just plain not working properly (and that’s almost always due to improper living, disease, drugs, or a severe accident).
But there are more causes for being overweight, other than having a slow metabolism. You see, overweight people tend to eat when they’re not hungry, they tend to have a larger appetite, they tend to eat “diet foods” more often (which are rarely conducive to weight loss as the label suggests), they tend to eat before they go to bed, and worst of all they tend to see themselves as being overweight.
Now you can clean up almost all of this mess by living a healthy lifestyle, or if you’ve read any of my programs, then you already know all the basics associated with living a lean, healthy lifestyle. Most individuals are shocked to find out that they are not eating enough and nourishing their bodies with the proper nutrient-dense foods to support a healthy lifestyle.
But the underlying problem that can never be cleared up simply with your actions, is the way you see yourself when you close your eyes.
Studies at the National Metabolic and Longevity Research Center indicate that overweight people constantly think about their weight in a negative way, thus creating the undesired effect. It’s true that you become what you think about, and if you constantly see yourself as being fat, you’ll struggle to see yourself as anything else!
Here’s a tip…for the next 30 days (it takes 28 – 30 days to change how you subconsciously think of yourself) take a few minutes in the morning and picture a great looking, tight, sexy body from head to toe – then put your face on that body.
Do this exercise again in the mid-afternoon, and then again right before you fall asleep at night.
Do this for 30 days, and I guarantee you’ll experience a dramatic change in the way your body looks. Your mindset is the key to your confidence. If you feel confident, you tend to make healthier choices because you honor your body.
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I would love to hear your experience with how you perceive yourself, and if you think this has any negative effect on your overall health. Is it difficult for you to change this mindset? You can also connect with me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva