Laughter is of paramount importance to weight loss. It's all about those activities that cause laughter, like happiness, fun, and pleasure. But we are able to use laughter as a good gauge of how happy we really are. Stress, negative emotions, and misguided thought patterns are a leading cause of obesity.
Yet diet articles almost never address an overweight person's mental state or level of joy. They may have pages of dietary restrictions and recipes, but rarely can there be more than perfunctory prose on relieving negative emotions. Nowhere is there a description of the cardiovascular benefits of a good pillow fight.
And that we all need a good pillow fight regularly. How you can slim down and also to maintain it permanently would be to lower stress, depression, along with other negative emotions through positive thinking, humor, fun, and lots of laughter. A lighter approach to life leads to a lighter waist line. A recent study by Dr. Mark Wilson at Emory University brings home this time. He offered unlimited nutritious food to two groups of monkeys, high-status, contented, happy ones and their miserable, stressedout, low-status subordinates.
All of the monkeys ate comparable quantity of calories. However, when Dr. Wilson substituted high-fat and sugary unhealthy foods pellets in unlimited supply, the high-status monkeys ate comparable calories as previously, however their stressed-out brethren couldn't stop munching. Those miserable primates continued to consume the unhealthy foods the whole day and well after sundown, much like human snackfood grazers. The researcher concluded that eating high-calorie foods is a common coping mechanism to deal with daily life stressors, even in people who do not have a cranky boss, prolonged commute, or nasty mother-in-law.
Unfortunately, nearly all modern people live stressed-out, demanding lives. Most of us spend our days rushing from responsibility to responsibility, with very little time to relax, enjoy, or meditate. A while back, my son saw my driver's license and read the words "organ donor." He exclaimed, "Oh, cool, mom, which organ did you donate? " That's when I informed him that normally people hold back until they're dead to donate their organs, but, in my case, I had already given my brain in the office.
People say they want to lose weight for a lot of reasons, like "I wish to look better in my clothes" or "I just want to get back to my college weight." However the real reason is just twofold-either it's for health or it's for happiness. There is no indicate being thin, sick, and miserable. Everyone knows people who are like that. Generally they've got cancer or they hate themselves, and, either way, you don't want that on your own.
Mental and physical health may be the primary goal in permanent weight reduction. When you set yourself on the path of mental and physical health, the load loss will follow. If you try to shortcut the procedure, you will not get very far. An optimistic attitude and a focus on pleasure and joy are a fundamental element of slimming down forever.
Laughter is a key element to weight reduction. There have even been scientific tests taking a look at laughter like a weight-loss technique. But I'm not particularly interested in seeing the number of calories each day you can burn by watching reruns of television sitcoms. I'm more interested in the bigger picture-how can positive thinking and happiness bring about better health?
We medical types know a lot about the physical implications of being overweight. We know that obesity leads to a variety of bad medical outcomes, including cardiac disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Having extra belly fat even increases your risk of developing Parkinson's disease! However, we've had a tough time getting people to lose weight.
Even those who shed the excess weight usually can't maintain it . However the focus has been lopsided. Most weight-loss programs concentrate on the physical issues, usually the food and often the exercise. It is my belief that the most crucial component is often ignored: the brain. Our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors drive every action and decision that we make, plus they certainly drive our unhealthy weight. The end result is this: we all know that permanent weight loss will not occur in people full of fear, unhappiness, and boredom.
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