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Negative Self-talk and your Weight?

Do you ever walk past a mirror and think, "Ugh, I need to lose weight?" Many of us have a love-hate relationship with our bodies. We're happy if we look a certain way, but the moment we don't fit in a pair of jeans or don't stick to our diet, that inner dialogue turns against us, making it easy to indulge in negative self-talk.


When intense exercise routines and calorie restriction diet plans don't seem to be "working," there's probably a factor you haven't considered: your thoughts. "Mindset is deeply connected with our weight," said Clinical Information Specialist, Riley Carroll, who holds a B.S. in Neuroscience.


Unfortunately, most people don't think their inner critic is to blame for their stunted progress. "Having a negative mindset keeps us in a vicious cycle of inability to lose weight, even when we incorporate exercise and healthy foods in our routines," noted Carroll.


While thoughts may be in your head, your body can still feel what you're thinking. "Negative thoughts put your body in physical stress, creating a metabolic state where losing weight becomes very challenging," explained Dr. Crystal M. Gossard, DCN. In addition, negative self-talk about "slipping up" and eating a cookie may lead you to abandon your diet entirely and even overeat (forget exercising after that second slice of pie).


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