STOP! Telling Yourself You "Feel Fat" Can Make You Gain Weight!

November 30, 2016

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If you go around telling yourself that you're fat, stop it!  Even if you are overweight, simply telling yourself that you are fat could be the culprit as to why you cannot lose weight!  A FSU of Medicine study released in January of 2015 found teenagers with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) who perceived themselves as fat were 40% more likely to become obese as adults. The study theorizes that when we tell ourselves that we're fat, we're more likely to take part in weight-gaining behaviors such as extreme dieting, exercise binging and laxative consumption, which have been linked to more weight gain.  Self-stigmatization can be the biggest enemy in the battle of the bulge. Realize, especially with the holidays, the average person will gain 7-10 pounds.  So if you love the foods of the holidays, you need to come to terms with it and rather than feel poorly because you "feel fat", celebrate the is time of the year, in moderation, and make real lifestyle changes regarding your health a priority once the holidays are over.


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