How happiness and positivity will help you reach your weight loss goals!
THERE’S a wonderful quote from the American writer Dale Carnegie that I love to share with people: “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It’s what you think about it.” How true!
The secret of happiness is deeply-rooted in positivity and that’s why it’s all part of the 30-day Summer20 Challenge.
There’s so much doom and gloom in our environment right now and it’s having a huge effect on our mental health and our stress level.
We MUST actively protect ourselves and take measures to do things which make us smile and help us feel happier and more uplifted.
Last week I kicked off a big positivity drive in Slimpod Club and if you’re part of the Facebook group then many of you will have seen me turn up in my pink wig to give people something to smile about!
In case you missed it…
The Slimpod programme is rooted in positive psychology and part of the process is to help you feel better about yourself.
But sometimes the stressful events in the world around us are challenging and we need to give ourselves a little extra help by consciously building some simple strategies into our day-to-day lives.
If you’re part of the programme then you’ll have seen the negative effect stress can have on the body.
Cortisol is a stress hormone and high levels of it are linked to conditions such as type II diabetes and hypertension.
If you need more info on this then have a look through my blogs and the many Live chats on the subject over the past three months.
The main message is that the stress hormone cortisol stops weight loss and can actually make you put on fat round your waist.
BUT there is some GOOD news and it’s about a chemical the body produces which helps reverse the effects of cortisol.
It’s called serotonin and it’s one of Nature’s “happiness drugs.”
Serotonin is a chemical nerve cells produce and is considered a natural mood stabiliser. It’s the chemical that helps with sleeping, eating, and digesting.
Serotonin helps regulate your mood naturally. When your serotonin levels are normal, you feel:
· More focused
· Less anxious
· More emotionally stable
And this affects your weight in several ways because your behaviour changes. Higher levels of serotonin enable you to be less impulsive around food, curb “emotional” eating and bingeing, thereby giving you more control.
When we feel happy, we tend to have higher self-regard and a drive toward self-preservation (as opposed to self-sabotage). We’re also less likely to hunt down high fat or high sugar for a quick mood fix.
Then a longer-term feeling of well-being often helps us to see ourselves as people who make good choices — and this becomes part of our identity.
Now we know Slimpod helps you feel good, and that’s part of the benefits of the programme, but in these challenging times, what can we do to give an extra boost to our serotonin levels?
Exercise: Regular exercise can have mood-boosting effects.
A healthy diet: Foods that can increase serotonin levels include eggs, cheese, turkey, nuts, salmon, tofu, and pineapple.
Meditation: Meditating can help relieve stress and promote a positive outlook on life, which can greatly boost serotonin levels.
Limit your exposure to negativity – especially at night
Listen to uplifting music or self-improvement podcasts
Read uplifting books which make you smile
Write three wins every day AND/OR three things you’re grateful for
Do more smiling and laughing!
In studies there is a direct correlation between obesity and mental well-being, and research by the University of Adelaide suggests people should focus on improving their happiness rather than focussing solely on their weight.
So as part of the Summer20 Challenge, the aim this week is to improve your happiness and positivity.
Pick two things you can build into your day which will help raise your serotonin level. This can be from the list above or something you know you can do that makes you happy.
Let me know below (or in Slimpod Club) how you’re going to prioritise some happiness and positivity in your life this coming week!
Tomorrow evening (Tuesday June 16) I’ll be live on our main Slimpod weight loss page on Facebook at 7.30pm UK time and I’ll be chatting about serotonin so do join me!
There’s also a thread in Slimpod Club under the hashtag #Summer20 so do join in and hold yourself accountable!