Step 1: Change your mindset.
Gaining weight sometimes isn’t just a matter of eating too much food, or not exercising enough.
How do you approach food?
How do you think about weight?
This all matters when it comes to lasting weight loss. Explore the relationship you have with eating and weight loss.
Often, emotions are at the root of weight gain, with stress and anxiety helping to pile on the pounds. Negativity in the environment and even energy blockages within the body can also be responsible for weight gain.
It’s important to step away from unhealthy methods of weight loss, including starving yourself, working out to an excess or counting calories. By pushing yourself and taking extreme steps to lose weight, an unhealthy relationship with food and weight loss may be formed.
Instead, learn to accept your body as it is – in any shape, size or form, and begin to love yourself. Healthy, sustainable weight loss will begin from there.
Step 2: Reiki.
As Reiki involves working with energy and emotional centers within the body to trigger the body’s natural healing abilities, it is able to go deep into the root of the body-mind connection behind weight gain. By treating the root causes of gaining weight, and identifying the core areas you need to work on, Reiki can help to promote healing from the inside out.
For example, if it is anxiety issues that causes emotional eating, Reiki can help balance the energy center that deals with promoting a sense of safety and security, which in turn helps to reduce anxiety.
Step 3: Nutrition.
As you become more sensitive and attuned to what your body needs, you will be able to take its cues as to what to eat and what to avoid. Reiki allows you to tap into your feelings and what your body needs at the moment, and will help you to make smart food choices.
One way to begin is to experiment with cutting out unhealthy foods from your diet one at a time, and seeing how it makes your body feel. The important thing is to eat better, but without going to extremes. If you slip and eat a treat now and then, don’t punish yourself for it. Just get back on track the next meal – it takes more than one slip to put on weight! Adopt a long-term view.
Allow yourself to be happy, and to enjoy food.
Step 4: Exercise.
You are probably already aware that exercise, and cardio exercises in particular, are important for weight loss and staying healthy, so we don’t need to cover that ground again.
We do, however, suggest approaching exercise from a different angle.
Instead of seeing exercise as a grueling workout, and working out to extremes, approach it as a way of starting to move and enjoying how your body feels when you are moving. It doesn’t have to be the latest workout fad – allow your focus to be on the activities that bring you happiness, rather than the number of calories lost or perspiration you can squeeze from a workout.
Step 5: Accountability.
It’s hard to go it alone, especially when it comes to sticking to habits and sustaining them. Partnering with someone who will be able to hold you accountable to your actions and choices will help you tremendously, especially if they are able to do so compassionately, yet firmly.
If there isn’t such a person in your life, all it really requires is you being accountable to yourself. It helps when you aren’t overly harsh on yourself, and treat yourself with the love and gentleness you deserve.