Surprising Ways Your Brain Makes You Think You’re Fat

body dysmorphia

Today, thousands of people are working with daily resolutions that are seemingly getting them nowhere. Well, at least these resolutions are helping them wake up every morning with a sense purpose, but for many, not much when it involves weight loss and fitness goals. Let’s face it, only a select few get to achieve their fitness goals and ambitions, which is mostly from huge sacrifices and hard work. The rest will keep on lamenting and blaming many factors as their scapegoats. 

Now, if you’ve found yourself in a situation that’s holding you back on losing those extra pounds, don’t go blaming it on the food you’re taking or on the gym you’ve recently enrolled yourself into… not just yet. Sometimes it’s all about your mentality and how your brain functions. It’s just a matter of changing your attitude, your way of thinking, and your overall mentality and you may see real changes the next time you stand on that lousy weighing scale. As a matter of fact, sometimes you think or feel fat, but you’re actually not, and this can be a real demotivator. That said, below are surprising ways your brain makes you think you’re fat.

1. My Clothes Don’t Fit Me Anymore!

This is a harsh reality as well as a true reality that many have succumbed to. Your brain may develop a facade that the clothes you wear no longer fit you. This will only lead you into thinking that you’re fat. It’s not about what you’ve heard your friends say behind your back, but what your brain told you behind your friends’ backs. Forget the little tongue twister, but this is actually true. 

There are also ways to harvest one’s own fat and transfer it to restore voluptuousness and sensual shape to more flattering parts of the body.

You may not have gained weight at all but since your brain is already conditioned that your clothes should have started feeling loose by now (if you’re working out), you feel as if they’ll get torn against your body the next second instead. But if you consider your measure of body fat based on your weight and height (BMI), you may actually be in your right weight index. If, however, the number is a bit high after using a BMI calculator, you could be overweight and in need of bariatric surgery for instantaneous results according to the weight doctors at TBC. This way, you can easily rock in that smaller dress you need to wear to a big event without spending endless hours in the gym. 

Nonetheless, some people may still be within their recommended weight limits, but the brain is tricking them into feeling fat. Your choice of clothes can also make you feel fat, which would mean considering a wardrobe makeover.

2. Anxiety

Ever heard what is termed as stress eating? Well, also known as emotional eating, stress-eating does exist and surprisingly, you wouldn’t expect people to eat a lot when they’re stressed but it happens that when you’re stressed, you may tend to eat a lot. After you’re through with stress-eating, your brain can tell you that you’ve gained an extra pound or two. It’s not exactly a great feeling, especially considering that you’ve just come out from the woods and are in what you may consider a safe zone. When you’re anxious, your brain tends to tell you a lot of things. This may be the time to consult with a shrink because it would be unwise to let the situation persist.

3. When Dieting

Various myths exist about weight loss. But undeniably true is that your brain doesn’t like it when you diet. When you’re on a diet, your brain will automatically tell your body cells to preserve fat. This is a preparation mode for the tougher times ahead. It’s like you’re in a desert and have nothing to eat. Your body will go into an autopilot mode where your brain tells your body cells all systems go on preserving valuable fats. When food is available, your brain turns you into an eating machine, but when food is scarce, your brain tells the rest of your body that you’re in a starving mode and you’ll preserve more fats than usual. Knowing this may make you feel fat, but it’s not always the case for everyone.

4. Turning into a Judgmental Freak

Have you ever been out and after eating a greasy burger, you turn into a judgmental freak and the worst part is that you’re blaming yourself for your poor eating decisions? This happens a lot to most people. When you age, you automatically start labeling some foods as unhealthy. In turn, your brain will tell you that you’re fat after consuming even the smallest of these “unhealthy” foods. 

There’s really not a gray area when it comes to consuming food. It’s either you’re consuming unhealthy foods or you’re indulging in some unhealthy eating habits. To help you out, do not give your food any moral assignments. Just eat knowing that you’ve fulfilled your daily chore of sustaining your body systems. But then again, it should also mean that you consume healthy foods to be on the safer side of things.

While weight loss and weight gain might seem like a belly thing, it’s more of a mental thing than it is a belly thing. It’s important that you train your brain into thinking positive thoughts towards what you eat and towards your overall body weight… It’s the only way to help yourself towards your weight loss program.