If you are overweight and have tried to lose it, but have consistently struggled even though you are doing everything “right,” you are experiencing what I call weight loss resistance.
In our last blog, we addressed one root cause of weight loss resistance: cellular inflammation.
This article will give you an overview of another root cause—the emotional root cause of weight loss resistance.
A Brief Introduction to Emotional Root Causes
The Autonomic Brain is in charge of your survival and is always looking for a biological way to keep you alive when you experience a trauma or conflict.
This biological response appears in our bodies as illness. When we look closely at the type of disease which is being expressed, then we can understand the underlying trauma that is associated with that disease.
Some of these traumas may be more conscious than others. Looking for emotional patterns throughout your life can guide you to the original trauma.
Since these nuances are very individual, it is suggested to seek the support of a Recall Healing Specialist to help resolve the underlying conflict or trauma.
The Project Purpose
When things don’t quite make sense, we must look to the Project Purpose or the Programmed Purpose of the child. From 18 months before birth and the first 12 months of a child’s life, their brain is recording everything that is happening around them, even while in the womb. Therefore, it is incredibly important to the future health of the child, to have as loving of a pre-birth experience as possible.
The feelings and experiences of the mother are recorded on the child’s brain as a personal experience. This could include the parent’s emotional plans for the child’s future or even their own unresolved traumas. There is no guilt, no blame and no victim here. We are all products of our surroundings just as our parents have been, and their parents and so on.
So it is possible to have adopted some underlying traumas in the womb which could have set you up for weight loss resistance. As a Recall Healing therapist, I uncover and help my clients to resolve these deep, unconscious trauma patterns so they can let them go and move on with their lives. The wonderful thing is that it doesn’t have to take years to let this stuff go.
Weight Loss Resistance
The emotional root cause of weight loss resistance has to do with a sense of trying to protect oneself.
That protection could be working against four different sources: feelings of abandonment, isolation, refugee or existence. Here are some examples of how these emotional issues can protect and insulate you from harm and also keep you from losing fat. If you feel strongly about any of the following conflicts, then you may be stuck in a weight loss resistance pattern.
Abandonment: In the wild, for a baby animal abandonment equals death because the baby will no longer receive nourishment from its mother. This is why the body goes into fat storage mode to preserve itself as long as possible.
Isolation: We are social by nature and need our “pack” to thrive! We long for connection, and when that need is unfulfilled, it can have major negative consequences.
Refugee: Fat retention can also be triggered for survival due to losing one’s home.
Existence: Resistance to weight loss can also be a conflict of fighting and facing one’s threat to existence. Think of a chicken that puffs up its feathers to look bigger. They take up more space to protect.
You can read more in-depth about these root causes here.
Healing Through Forgiveness
The body holds onto weight to protect itself from negative emotions. That’s why it is key to process these emotions so you can let them go.
Forgiveness of Self
Often the negative emotions that weight loss resistant bodies are protecting themselves from are self-directed. When these thoughts are toward yourself, your body holds onto fat to protect itself… from YOU!
In order to heal at the root cause level, you have to be willing to forgive yourself.
Stop shaming yourself for gaining weight—or for anything else. Here are some practices to help you break your negative thought patterns:
- Release negative emotions by writing them down, then destroying the paper. It is a powerful, symbolic cleansing technique.
- Cultivate awareness of your thoughts. The first step to stopping negative thoughts is recognizing when it is happening. Only then can you redirect your mind.
- Write down positive affirmations daily. Make it part of your morning routine. “I am safe. I am worthy of love exactly how I am now.”
- Do the work of digging up what specific causes of guilt and shame you may be holding onto so you can process them and move on. This is a painful, re-triggering process, but it is necessary for complete healing. I recommend working with a professional especially if this intimidates you.
Forgiveness of Others
If you are constantly upset or angry with others, that affects your body! Your endocrine system becomes stuck in fight or flight mode—which means it is chronically producing the stress hormone cortisol.
In order to heal weight loss resistance, you have to stop being chronically overworked and overstressed and overstimulated.
This includes learning to forgive others and let go of past hurts.
If the hurt runs deep, it can be extremely helpful to work with a professional who knows how to guide you through re-processing the origin of your hurt.
Just like with physical wounds, when emotional wounds are continually irritated, they cannot heal. Our brains want to keep us healthy, but if our natural emotional healing processes are blocked by emotional trauma, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.
Besides Recall Healing therapy, you may want to seek out a therapist that uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Take a look at this description of EMDR from the EMDR Institute website:
“EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Before, severe emotional trauma would take years of traditional therapy to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that, “I survived it and I am strong.” Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes.”
Once any residual hurts have been processed and let go, it’s important to create daily habits that help maintain your healthy emotional state toward others.
- Take responsibility for how you respond. This doesn’t mean repressing or hiding from negative emotions. Allow yourself to feel hurt, but remember that others don’t have power over you.
- Focus on being kind instead of being right. Ask yourself how you can respond from a place of kindness and empathy, remembering that being kind is more important than being right in the long run.
- Assign your energy to things of the present rather than things of the past.
- Practice meditation. Act as an observer, noticing as thoughts enter your mind, then let them go and return your attention to your breath.
- Approach situations with equanimity and non-attachment to the outcome. This doesn’t mean apathy or that you don’t care about things. It means that you know you will be ok no matter how something turns out.
I know it seems like a big mountain to climb to face all your hurts and learn to forgive, but on the other side of that mountain is the healing you’ve been searching for. If you feel stuck and need some assistance in moving on, please reach out. Many times, clients can release these deep seated traumas and patterns in a few sessions and move on with their lives.
Core Cellular Health Program
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For those ready to start repairing at a cellular level, but not ready to jump into a fat loss program yet, I usually recommend the Core Cellular Health program.
The Core Cellular Health program addresses key factors of cellular metabolic activities—membrane fluidity, antioxidant usage, inflammation, methylation, ATP energy, repair of chromosomes and telomeres, and detoxification.
This is the first step to treating weight loss resistance.
The program includes:
VISTA-I & II (Membrane Regeneration)
Repair and maintain cell membranes – cell wall, mitochondrial, and nuclear. Help reduce cell membrane inflammation. Help reestablish hormone and molecular receptors.
ROX (Super Antioxidant Resveratrol)
More than 20 antioxidants that blanket the body. Supports SIRT-1 gene for youthful longevity. Broad-spectrum antioxidant with w Resveratrol. Teaches cells to repair DNA. Stops free- radical cascade. Protects cells from internal & external damage such as ultraviolet and radiation damage.
MoRS (Methylation donors)
Supports methylation processes for “gene silencing,” metabolic processes, neurotransmitter balance, and detoxification.
eNRG (Quantum ATP Energy)
Nutritionally supports the Krebs Cycle and Beta Oxidation processes whereby the cells’ mitochondria make life energy.
GCEL (Intracellular Glutathione)
Cutting-edge acetyl-glutathione booster which is necessary to clean the cell.
BIND (Toxin Elimination)
Super activated charcoal absorbs 300 times its weight in heavy metals and myco toxins. Helps clean the G.I. tract to reduce resorption of toxins.
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