How Gratitude Helps With Weight Loss

“Be Thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ”  ~Oprah Winfrey

How Gratitude Helps With Weight Loss!

I had a pleasant conversation with one of my patients this past week.  She said that her kids have been learning about Thanksgiving in school, and the kids suggested that they spend Thanksgiving volunteering at a shelter to help feed the homeless.  We both sat there in awe of her children and how grateful we were of her kids’ nice gesture.

Thanksgiving shouldn’t be the only time of the year where we are thankful.

Gratitude has been connected to happiness, and living a life full of gratitude creates a positive force that expands.  I can confidently say that a majority of my patients tend to put themselves last, leaving them at the end of the day with emptiness.  Food, then, becomes the primary source of comfort, and after years of practice, their weight and health suffer.  I teach gratitude and the important skill of self-love.  When we take care of ourselves first, our energy expands.  Expansion leads to more energy, more confidence, and thus better choices including healthier ones.  Gratitude also produces “happy hormones”, creates a positive attitude, and gives you clarity that taking care of yourself will actually help you take care of even more people. If you beat yourself up you’ll end up gaining weight. Using gratitude and treating yourself kindly can help you with weight loss. Weight loss can be stressful on the holidays as it is. If you use gratitude and treat yourself kindly you’ll set yourself up for weight loss success.

On this Thanksgiving day, I encourage you to make this the first of 365 days of gratitude.  Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Dr. Angela Tran