Benefits of Gratitude: Weight Loss?
At this point you might be wondering what gratitude has got to do with weight loss.
And I take your point. Being grateful for things isn't, in itself, going to melt away the pounds. But the process of gratitude does help you re-focus your thoughts. It can change the way you perceive situations. Make you happier.
If those don't sound like good enough reasons in themselves, there is a link between happiness, reduction in stress and better sleep. And those, really can help you lose weight.
You'll be surprised how many benefits practicing gratitude can have. And how quickly things stop bothering you.
Your jeans are a bit tight ... but your husband finds you gorgeous.
You can't find anything to wear for your night out with the girls ... but they don't care about what you're wearing, just that you're there.
You can't quite manage to keep up with others in your exercise class ... but you're doing it, you're pushing yourself and you will get better.
Once you start refocusing your thoughts, all of your experiences start to change. It's the start of being able to accept yourself, just how you are. And once you do that, everything will become a bit easier.
You'll be exercising because your body needs it. Eating healthily because you deserve it. And if you give in it that bit of cake, well, you've been good all week and it's only one slice. No need to make any more of it than that.
Your healthy lifestyle is no longer a punishment.