Thoughts and Emotions Influence Your Health
“While weight loss is important, what’s more important is the quality of food you put in your body — food is information that quickly changes your metabolism and genes.” — Mark Hyman
The Scottish whisky distiller Thomas Dewar once said: “Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.” I want you to keep an open mind during the next five minutes it will take you to read this piece. I want to introduce an idea that will prove helpful if you want to lose weight and improve your body composition. Self-help health experts remind us to refrain from using language such as losing weight due to its symbolic connection to the weight returning. You ‘release’ unwanted body fat they’ll have you know. However, for the sake of this article I’m referring to it as weight loss so as not to confuse the reader.
Why am I qualified to talk about this topic? I began my career as a personal trainer many years ago, before transitioning to writing and speaking about self-empowerment. In that capacity, I was fortunate to work with thousands of people who lost weight and kept it off while regaining their health. How? I discovered a principle in their journey and my own around the key role thoughts and emotions play in regulating our health.
How Money and Calories Are The Same
“For both optimal health and weight loss, you must consume a diet with a high nutrient-per-calorie ratio…there are no shortcuts.” — Joel Fuhrman, Eat to Live
It occurred to me during this period that weight loss was like managing money. As someone who occasionally hacks their health, I track my calories and macronutrients in the name of personal observation and knowledge. I followed a Ketogenic diet for three years, recording my food consumption and calories. I gained a good deal of data and knowledge, which helped me to find the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off. This was supported by my program The Power To Navigate Life, in which I studied the role thoughts, beliefs and emotions play in regulating health. In tracking my calories during this time, I noticed that the process was similar to my money spending habits, insofar as their respective use and expenditure.