It may seem like losing weight has everything to do with what you eat and how often you move your body. However, it turns out that there may be ways to get your brain in on the action in order to achieve a lean and healthy body.
Dr. Ellen Albertson, a registered dietician, nutritionist, and psychologist, as well as the author of ROCK YOUR MIDLIFE: 7 Steps to Transform Yourself and Make Your Next Chapter Your Best Chapter, offers the following three ways to “reprogram your brain for weight loss.”
1. Manage stress
First, it’s key to “manage stress/cortisol effectively so you don’t turn to comfort food to feel better,” Dr. Albertson explains.
Susan Bowerman, M.S., R.D., CSSD, CSOWM, FAND, and the Senior Director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, confirms to Eat This, Not That! :”A big key to weight loss is behavior modification, which is a sort of reprogramming if you will.”
“To effectively lose weight and keep it off, it’s critical to focus on the behaviors that are getting in the way of progress and learn to modify those behaviors in order to reach goals.”
2. Nourish your microbiome
Beyond that, you need to nourish your microbiome. “Research shows that not only does having a healthy microbiome support weight loss, but it can also boost your immune system and mood,” Dr. Albertson explains.
3. Use self-compassion
According to Dr. Alberston, the third way to reprogram your brain for weight loss is to “use self-compassion to regulate your emotions so you don’t eat your feelings.”
Indeed, Holli Rovenger, a dietitian and wellness professional couldn’t agree more with Dr. Albertson’s tips. While noting that Dr. Albertson’s suggestions “have all been studied and proven successful,” Rovenger tells Eat This, Not That!: “In my opinion and experience, reprogramming your brain, along with retraining your taste buds and using behavior modification, is the way to long-term weight loss. If it was just about the food, people would not be enrolling and re-enrolling in all the large weight loss programs.”
4. Take your time
However, Rovenger also adds this one important tip to Dr. Alberston’s list: take your time. “Reprogramming your brain along with behavior modification should be done in a slow, steady, and consistent process to be successful”.
Article by Desirée O. for: Eat This, Not That©