Is fear stopping you from achieving your ideal body shape?

Fear in the OfficeI think most of us are unhappy with some part of our body and want to change it. You sense that you need to take action, but rarely seem to have the momentum to do so.

Have you ever given serious thought to what’s stopping you from taking action and adopting a healthier lifestyle? If you’re struggling to change your eating habits or get into an exercise routine why is that?

Numerous studies have identified that the number one most common emotion that stops you from taking action is fear. Fear isn’t a physical thing; it’s an emotion that stimulates feelings based on your thought processes.

Your brain perceives fear as pain and your internal wiring system is geared up to do whatever it can to avoid pain, even if it’s detrimental to you in the long term. But, if you can work out what you’re afraid of, you can start to change your thoughts and view whatever it is you fear differently. Then you’ll be able to take action.

Essentially, by acknowledging the issues and working through them, your neurological system no longer perceives it as pain.

So, what are you fearful of?

What’s stopping you from taking the action required to achieve your desired body shape? There are actually three types of fear that can get in your way:

  • Fear of loss
  • Fear of the process
  • Fear of the outcome

Let’s talk about fear of the process. Changing can be hard and the process part of doing something new is hard. If you want to change the way you look, the process of eating differently and moving more will be hard at first and you may be fearful of that.

You’re not yet sure exactly how you’re going to make the changes necessary because you don’t know what the process is.

I felt exactly the same some years ago when I was overweight, smoking and drinking too much. I knew I wanted to change but changing scared the hell out of me. First of all I thought about it for a couple of years so basically nothing changed! Then I quit smoking. Unfortunately I chose to replace cigarettes with chocolate hobnobs and so I put on weight which wasn’t the plan I had!

You see change is hard and we don’t always get it right the first time or the second time or even the third time.

As a health and fitness expert I take all the confusing and inconsistent advice out there and break it down into delicious bite size chunks. That way no one else has to take as long as I did to make a change.

You see fear can be painful and fear can stop you from achieving your health and fitness goals – but only if you let it.

If you don’t yet have something you say you want, like a healthier lifestyle or a different shaped body, if you’re not yet doing what you can to achieve the body shape you desire – why is that?

You know you want to change, so why aren’t you doing something about it?

What are you fearful of? If you think you know, write it down.

Once you know what you’re afraid of, you can turn everything on its head and focus or visualise on what you will gain through change – the joy, the excitement, fitting into those jeans again! Then you’ll be able to take action.

If you’re ready to make a change let’s talk about how you can do that. Apply for a complimentary smart start consultation today

About the author

Julie Dennis is a weight loss specialist for women over 40 and through menopause. She is WATC's new fitness and health blogger. Follow Julie’s blog or visit:

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