The 5 Most Overlooked Threats to Your Weight

I recently saw a post on Facebook titled “The 9 Most Overlooked Threats to a Marriage”. The idea of the article was to point out that it’s not communication that is the problem but actually these other things entirely.

I decided to do a spin off… Because most likely you are still holding to at least a piece of the belief that your weight is influenced by food and exercise. But there are 5 true threats that if recognized can make a huge difference in your body.

  • Your Language. After I discussed the reasons why food is not the cause of weight gain and concluded with the statement, “so cake is not the problem”, one of my weight loss group members repeated that “cake is the problem”. But cake has no power, cake is just cake. It’s flour and eggs and stuff. So even if you overeat cake, cake is not the problem… over eating is the problem. If we are not using proper words we will struggle to find long lasting solutions as we are not even looking at the problem.
  • Living in Survival. We tend to think living in survival is harmless. We may admit that it’s not ideal, and certainly not fulfilling, but very few people truly understand the danger of living in survival.  Survival is still alive, and therefore you could technically live the remainder of your life there. You will never live in your ideal body long term while living in survival  Your body is asking you to step into thriving and fulfillment. In other words, you will never truly feel full if you are surviving each and every day.
  • Lack of Hobbies/Fun. I cannot stress enough how important it is to find fun in your life. And not just fun with others. Fun with yourself. In my first trimester I was glued to the couch with nausea and exhaustion. It didn’t take very long for me to feel the beginnings of depression slip in. Yes I needed the rest but I began to feel demotivated to do anything, even talk to people I loved. It was in that moment I found a chorus to join to force me back into fun. It wasn’t enough to sing in the car I needed to immerse myself in something I love. Not something that is for business or makes me money, something that is just fun. Stop at nothing to find this.
  • Eating to Lose Weight. One of the biggest threats to your weight is attempting to eat like someone trying to lose weight. Unless you would like to be someone who is “trying to lose weight” forever, you do not want to step one foot in that direction. Eat like someone who is happy, fulfilled, confident and loving. Someone who values health and likes to have fun and break rules. Someone who wants to take care of themselves and be a leader for their family. Eat like absolutely anybody except someone that wants to lose weight.
  • Exercise to Lose Weight. And of course the cousin of step #4 do not, I repeat, do not exercise to lose weight. As mentioned before, unless you want to exercise like someone who is “trying to lose weight” forever, you have no business making your decisions about exercise from a place of lack. Exercise is fun, it builds strength and endurance. It feels amazing to the body (when we have energy for it) and it releases al sorts of helpful, happy hormones. But it won’t do any of that, if you do it to lose weight. Not long term.
There you have it! The 5 biggest threats to your weight. So it’s time to choose the right words (that are true), thrive, have fun, eat and move like someone who lives an incredible life. Easy peasy right?
About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie Thompson is a recovered binge eater who turned her binge eating around and even got featured in Shape Magazine helping a woman lose weight in “My Weight Loss Diaries". She helps women end the battle of binge and overeating, fall in love with movement, and finally lose the weight permanently. A veteran weight loss coach for almost ten years, she is a Ph.D. student in Health Psychology and has three published books, the most recent titled, "Have Your Cake and Be Happy Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss”.