Community//

Having trouble losing weight? Say “Thank You.”

Why gratitude should be part of your weight loss plan.

Weight loss is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and generally, after committing to it on January 1st, one of two scenarios occurs.  Either your focus starts to lag a few weeks or months in, or, no matter how strong you go at first, you hit a plateau that leaves you feeling frustrated.  Either way, you find yourself wondering “How can I finally lose this weight?”

There are lots of answers to this question, and I believe it is different for each person.  Proper diet and exercise are of course necessary, as well as good sleep, adequate water intake, a stress management plan, and the desire and ability to maintain consistent habits.  But also, there is gratitude.  A simple “thank you” can go a long way.

But gratitude for what?  Everything! First, gratitude for your body.  Yes, you want to lose weight, be stronger, thinner, fitter, healthier, etc.  But you have to be grateful for and love your body first.  If you don’t, then what is your motivation to take care of it?  Your body digests those nutritious foods you will eat, and will allow you to burn calories and build muscle during workouts.  It’s a useful practice to thank your body as you are eating and when you are exercising.  It really is an amazing thing that it is doing for you!

Research demonstrates the power of gratitude in improving overall mental and emotional health.  Gratitude makes you feel happy!  David Steindl-Rast said “Happiness is not what makes us grateful.  It is gratefulness that makes us Happy.”  When it comes to weight loss, happy people have an easier time maintaining the consistent habits necessary to take it off and keep it off. 

So how can you practice gratitude?  Start small, writing down five things every day that you feel grateful for.  It can be as simple as the air you breathe, the fact that you got to work and home safely, the avocado you are eating and all of the nutrition it’s providing you.  No matter what it is, acknowledge it, write it down, and feel it.  Yes, really feel the gratitude, breathe it in.  It makes life worth living.

Is gratitude the end-all, be-all for weight loss?  Probably not for most people, but it can definitely help every person to live a more joyful life.  So why, not?  Just say “thank you.”

    The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Community//

    5 Prove ways to Lose Weight Faster For Better Well-Being

    by Miya Brown
    Community//

    Find the Joys of the Weight Loss Journey

    by Margaret Marshall
    Remind yourself that you are enough! Your worth and value are not based on your body size. Seek out body positive resources via books and social media that help you let go of body shame and support you in accepting, appreciating, and respecting your body.
    Community//

    Managing Mental Wellness During Stressful Holiday Times: “Remind yourself that you are enough!” with Judith Matz, LCSW

    by A.N. Gibson

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.