The #1 Thing That Most People Overlook to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

We’ve all heard the sayings…

“Make a lifestyle change….”

“Just eat healthy and exercise regularly…”

“Stress less…”

These are wonderful ideas that have the potential of leading to a healthy lifestyle. But if it was really about merely following a “healthy plan” people wouldn’t be struggling. Because one of two things inevitably happens:

  1. They follow the plan and don’t get what they want
  2. They struggle to follow the plan

So what does it really take to live a healthy lifestyle?

Living a healthy lifestyle has far less to do with what a person DOES and much more to do with who a person is BEING. This may sound odd considering the literature on living healthy is almost always regarding what we eat, how we move, and our stress levels. However, research shows that how we think and feel about our health is far more important than what we actually do. 

For example, Keller and associates did a study that showed the impact of stress on our health. What’s interesting about this study is the discrepancy between those that were healthy and unhealthy wasn’t actually a difference in stress levels. It was a difference in perception. The individuals that lived longer had a perception that stress wouldn’t affect their health negatively.

If that doesn’t show the power of perception, Crum and Langer did a study with hotel maids who believed they didn’t exercise. She simply told one group how much they were actually exercising and the other group was the control. After one month, the group who had their perception manipulated lost weight and had lower blood pressure. They didn’t change a thing except perception.

Another powerful study done on perception is when Crum and associates gave a group of participants two identical milkshakes. One label showed the milkshake as being indulgent while the other one was sensible. They measured their hormones after drinking each shake and the body actually released a different  amount of hormones after drinking an identical shake.

Their are countless other studies that show the power of perception through the placebo effect. It has been shown that the placebo effect works even when people know they are receiving the placebo. Their perception is that the placebo effect works, so they expect an effect. 

Want to live a healthy lifestyle? Start playing with the idea of perception. Do you perceive that cake will be glued to your thigh when you eat it? How about the perception of someone who doesn’t gain weight? They often perceive they can’t gain weight. We can’t prove that is what keeps them thin, but there sure is enough research to show it could.

About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie is a weight loss coach and author with expertise in personal training, food psychology, neuro-linguistic programming, and yoga. Through her company, Total Body Health Solutions, she is blessed with the gift of helping individuals eat when they are hungry, stop when they are full, and move their bodies without force. She has a master’s degree in human behavior and is pursuing a doctorate in health psychology to further promote the art and science of weight loss through mind-body awareness. Hastie helps people learn to love their bodies and transform their lives through her Absolute Love Publishing books, The Weight Loss Shift: Be More, Weigh Less, The Chakra Secret: What Your Body Is Telling You, and Have Your Cake and Be Happy, Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss. She also is a contributor to the Amazon category bestseller, Women Will Save the World.