We believe that what you think about yourself—your self-image—has just as great an impact on your physical health as your nutrition and exercise program.
In recent times, it has been shown that our thoughts and emotions directly affect the state of our physical health. This is called the "mind-body" connection. This connection is made possible because of special chemical messengers, called neuropeptides, which help our body's organs communicate directly with the brain, and vice versa.
Neurotransmitters and Hormones
Whenever you have a thought or emotion, your brain releases neurotransmitters and hormones, which trigger physical responses in your body. If you are caught in a stressful situation and you react to it with a negative thought (or words), your heart starts racing and your body releases two powerful stress hormones, cortisol and adrenalin. When these hormones are secreted in response to continual stress, they have very negative impacts on your body. They accelerate brain aging, increase fat storage, suppress your immune system, and cause muscle and bone loss.
Positive Thinking and Positive Affirmations
You can't stop external stressors in your life, but you can control your response to them. If you get into the habit of thinking positive thoughts and speaking positive words in these circumstances (even if the negative thoughts arise), your production of stress hormones will decrease and you will begin to lose body fat more quickly. For instance, when you look in the mirror, instead of saying, "Look at those thighs...I still need to lose at least 2 inches! That'll be the day!" Say to yourself, "Hey, I am getting leaner every day! I look great." Repeat this process every day until you notice that you are automatically thinking positive thoughts about yourself. You will be amazed at how great an impact positive thinking and positive affirmations will have on your health and fitness program, and in all aspects of your life.
Develop positive thoughts. Write down and speak these positive thoughts every day. Here are some examples:
- I enjoy eating healthy food.
- I value my health.
- I am successful at accomplishing my goals.
- I look great and have loads of energy.
- I love the way my body looks.
- I feel strong today.
Think positive thoughts and you will achieve positive results!