Welcome to the last day of my 14 days of fat loss! Today I discuss the true decision maker in our lives, the brain.
What is the psychology of fat loss? I spend a lot of time as an integrative mental health therapist working with compulsive eating habits, binge eating disorder, bulimia, as we as food addiction. I also work with Divas around anxiety and ADD/ADHD. So how does this relates to Fat Loss?
When it comes to challenging your thoughts in regards to fat loss, you may run into automatic negative thoughts (ANTS). Think about your journey with fat loss? What were you telling yourself? Did you ever feel that it was too much work? Did you ever feel deprived? Did the plan feel unfair? Did you feel that you didn't get the weight loss you deserved? Possibly feeling overwhelmed? Quit the program prior to completing it?
If you answered yes to any of those questions then you are working with a specific kind of automatic negative thoughts. Black and white or all or nothing thinking will force you to make decisions like, "Oh I ate something I shouldn't today, I'll start again on Monday as there is no point to try and get back on my plan right now. It must be perfect." You will feel negatively about making a mistake. So your high expectation pushes you to engage even further in bad decisions instead of stepping back and analyzing your negative feeling state.
You must address your sabotaging thoughts such as "black/white" thinking. Until you do, every program will have the same result of temporary adherence to the program with predictable mistakes being made that are seemingly random in nature. Statements such as, "When I get stressed I will eat... when I'm upset I will eat... I ate poorly today so there is no point on getting back on track..." Our feelings and emotions whether we realize it or not are often on a loop. There are certain times of our lives where we are stressed, angry, tired, irritable, sleepy, annoyed, or even happy for that matter ("I did a good job so I deserved that treat). Food cannot be our go to in response to automatic negative thinking, sabotaging thoughts, or emotions. It is not a matter of not having a response to those feelings, it's just a matter of eliminating food as in option. Go for a walk, listen to music, draw, play a comedy tape, run a bath, call a friend, anything that causes you no negative harm and that includes food that will affect you negatively.
I feel very blessed to be a therapist but what was not included within my training was a true understanding of the brain. How the brain works and what could be affecting or manipulating the brain to follow one destructive pattern versus another.
It is for this reason that I recently became certified through Dr. Amen. Through his brain scans, Dr. Amen has identified how the different brain lobes are responsible for the different behaviors that present to me as a therapist. There are seven variations of anxiety and depression, seven ADD, six addictive patterns, and five types of overeating or emotional eating brain types.
Now before you think about which one best fits you, you must understand that you may have more than one type. Depending on what has happened to your brain (car accident, dehydration, neurotoxins, etc.), your potential problems could be a result of several layers of problems. What does this mean for you?
There is a direct correlation between your ability to follow a program, complete a program, and stay on program and your brain type. I would never assume that you or any of my Divas are unmotivated, undisciplined, chronic, or resistant the way that a therapist might as these are all therapy terms. I know that it’s just a matter of identifying where your brain is not firing as well. Once I know that, I can address your specific problem with a specific nutrition program, specific exercise program, and specific therapeutic intervention.
For example, if you are a type 6 then you are going to be more emotional and need more carbohydrates in your diet due to low serotonin. If you are a type 3 (impulsive/compulsive) you are going to more fat and protein in your diet and less carbohydrates.
Your software is what you’re actually thinking and your hardware is your actual brain. In order to successfully motivate yourself to workout, say no to junk food, and follow your meal plan, you are going to need high functioning software and hardware. The typing, brain scans, and questionnaires allows me to improve your software and hardware so that you have the necessary skills to achieve long term fat loss and positive overall life changes.