Most people hate their trouble zone. You know, the part of your body that, despite your most earnest efforts, never changes no matter what you do? For some people, it’s their arms, while others, thighs, and most commonly, abs! But what if I told you your trouble zone wasn’t trying to cause trouble at all but rather, trying to tell you something?
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Weight is one of the hardest things for people to overcome, for it means eating less of your favorite foods and long hours at the gym. Right? Not necessarily. For one, what it takes to lose weight is often overrated. Secondly, understanding why the weight is there in the first place is a critical piece to the puzzle that most people overlook.
Your body is the most amazing thing on the planet! But I’m willing to bet you don’t wake up every day in wonderment over it. Hence, you should, for the functions that take place that keep you alive without so much as a furtive glance from you wouldn’t happen if your body didn’t know just what to do without you being aware of any of it. Case in point, your beating heart, digestion, walking, blinking, thinking, or even crying.
Yet as a persistent child who won’t take no for an answer, or won’t let you ignore him either, your body acts in the same way, creating symptoms, until you are forced to take notice and give it what it wants.
This applies in so many ways, not just to weight, but in sticking to the topic, your trouble zones are merely symptoms indicative of some form of self-neglect that your body just won’t tolerate from you anymore.
Working late hours, being too stationary, lack of intimacy and a poor diet will all impact how your body responds to you and result in some form of backlash, whether it be overeating, anger, rotten teeth, atrophied muscles, or – you guessed it – trouble zones!
Just like a disease doesn’t develop overnight, neither does weight. It may seem like it, but it doesn’t. Even if it only takes a month to gain 10 pounds, it still takes time, and the faster you gain it, the louder your body is trying to communicate with you.
When it’s there for a while, and you do nothing about it, you’ll gain more, and more, and more until you hit your breaking point, otherwise known as rock bottom. If you’re more clued in, however, you’re likely to notice it sooner and avoid the inevitable feelings of shame, guilt and depression that often accompany weight gain, whether it happens more quickly or over a longer length of time.
For the average person, weight is weight no matter how you slice it and it’s not a welcomed guest at anyone’s table. And yet, super sleuths know that everything is figure-out-able by simply paying attention.
Three ways your trouble zone is trying to tell you something are:
1. The More Persistent It Is, The More It’s Not Going Away
Ignoring it won’t work either. It may be the easy way out, and it’s also the least effective. Laser, lipo and Botox are temporary fixes that only mask the underlying issues. It’s time to take stock of everything, from emotional eating to lack of nutrients to thyroid or adrenal disorders, and apply long-term fixes instead, which is the only real route to lasting weight loss.
2. The More There Is, The Deeper It Is
Ten pounds is one thing, while 40 is another. For women especially, a lot of excess weight is usually an indicator of a much deeper emotional issue, usually related to a need for protection. While you may not think it, or even be aware of it, you’ll never lose weight until you address it, and your trouble zone will surely stick around until you do.
3. It Wants What You Want
Nobody wants to be fat. Rather, it wants to be slim and healthy, just like you do, and when you’re really in tune with it, it will tell you everything it needs from you to give you your desired outcome. The key to it is knowing when your body is talking to you, exactly what it’s saying, and knowing what to do for it in return.
Although troubling, trouble zones don’t have to be the kiss of death to achieving your weight loss goals. As with anything, taking a different approach to your problem will likely result in a different outcome, one that is more aligned with your desires, and in this case, will have a huge impact not only on how you look and feel, but on your lifelong relationship with your body and overall health as well.