The link between Mindset and Weight Management
It is amazing how much the mind can influence our weight. Research shows your mindset can profoundly impact your life—especially your health. In this post I have included several studies that prove how your mindset is linked to weight management.
In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, hotel cleaning crews were told that the work they do (cleaning hotel rooms) is good exercise and satisfies the Surgeon General’s recommendations for an active lifestyle. Subjects in the control group were not given this information. Four weeks later, the first group perceived themselves to be getting significantly more exercise than before. As a result, compared with the control group, they showed a decrease in weight, blood pressure, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, and body mass index. Mindset alone caused physiological changes in their body.
In another study published in the journal Health Psychology, participants were divided into two groups. Each group received a three-hundred and eighty – calorie milkshake but one group was told they were drinking a six-hundred and twenty -calorie “indulgent” shake and the other was told they were drinking a one-hundred and forty – calorie “sensible” shake. The researchers then measured participants’ levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates your brain to increase appetite.
Those who thought they drank the six-hundred and twenty (620)-calorie shake experienced a dramatically steeper decline in ghrelin after consuming the shake. The study authors concluded that “Participants’ satiety was consistent with what they believed they were consuming rather than the actual nutritional value of what they consumed.”
In other words, your mindset about a particular food can affect your hunger and levels of fullness. If your mind tells your body you’re drinking a “skinny” shake, you won’t feel as full. You CAN use your mindset to lose weight, get fit and be healthy.
Finally, in a study published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review that looked at the science of optimism, researchers found that an optimistic mindset can lead to better health outcomes too—optimistic people tend to be healthier on average.
Do you have any unhealthy mindsets preventing you from reaching your health goals? If so, My Health Priority can help you create positive and healthy mindsets that will enable you to reach your health goals.