Don’t get me wrong, food and exercise did come into play but I didn’t see an actual loss of weight until I addressed one big imbalance in my life – stress.

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve tried a new diet in the past or made a decision to eat really clean, only to lose 3-4 kilos max. The worst part though is that the weight always crept back on (+ a few extra kilos) a few weeks after returning to my usual ways. For years, it honestly felt like my body just wanted so badly to hold onto the extra weight, as if it were using it as some sort of security blanket. Fast forward to almost 2yrs ago and I decided to ask myself the question – ‘why doesn’t my body want to get rid of this weight?” I was trying everything possible but the weight just wouldn’t budge.

And there it was, starring me right in the face for all those years – my body was holding onto weight as a means of protection, my body was protecting itself from stress!

You see, when the body is stressed, it produces a hormone called ‘cortisol’, which is responsible for storing and holding onto excess body fat. This is a primal reaction caused by our “flight or fight” response which if getting attacked by a lion or heading into hibernation, is perfectly healthy and very necessary. The problem though is that our body doesn’t know the difference between stress that is caused by a lion attack or stress that is caused by a deadline at work. So in today’s fast-paced society, when we all seem to be in a constant state of stress, our bodies are in a constant state of flight or fight. In other words, we’re constantly in fat storing mode.

In that moment, it was as if a switch had been flicked and for me personally, it was only when I started to reduce the stress in my life through meditation, gratitude and breathing, did I notice the weight just start to melt right off me. I’ve said it before and I can’t stress this enough (pardon the pun) …

We can eat all the kale & quinoa in the world but if we’re stressed, lonely or unhappy, we’ll never thrive!

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