La gravitophobia it is more widespread than you think. It is no coincidence that a specific term has been coined to define this mental problem that arises in the relationship we have with the balance ...
When you have an eating disorder, the thought of getting on the scale it is enough to terrify you.
You know very well that if the number that appears is less than the day before, then you are likely to have a good day. But if the number is higher, well, you probably don't need to be reminded of the type of day you are preparing for.
Welcome to gravitophobia ...
Since the scales weighs people they have the power to create or destroy psychologically one day, if you let him do it.
It is no wonder that those who suffer from eating disorders fear so much about going up there.
- 1 GRAVITOPHOBIA: WHAT IT IS IN PRACTICE
- 1.1 Gravitophobia and BED (Binge Eating Disorder)
- 1.2 The effects of thinking about getting on the scale
- 1.3 The pros and cons of weighing yourself
- 1.4 What your relationship with libra tells you
- 1.5 Low self-esteem and BED
- 1.6 What the balance number says about you
- 1.7 TO CONCLUDE
- 1.8 HOW TO OBTAIN THE DEFINITIVE FOOD FREEDOM
GRAVITOPHOBIA: WHAT IT IS IN PRACTICE
It turns out that fear of scales is far more common than you might think. It even has a name: gravitophobia, which means "fear of being weighed" or "irrational fear of weighing scales".
The founder of Canada's Bariatric Medical Institute, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff (2011), explains that gravitophobia affects people who believe that maintaining their weight involves a strict control of their diet.
And that consequently suffer the yo-yo effect between excessive limitation and excessive indulgence in food. During times of restriction, these individuals may have a friendly relationship with weighing scales or even be addicted to weighing yourself.
But when their restrictive lifestyles become too extreme and inevitably abandon or binge, they can become phobic of the balance to the point of not being able to weigh yourself again for weeks, months or even years.
Gravitophobia and BED (Binge Eating Disorder)
For people with uncontrolled feeding disorder (BED) gravitophobia (fear of scales) is often particularly strong. Many sufferers report that the prospect of weighing themselves causes their extreme levels anxiety.
What doesn't help these people is there lack of consent among healthcare professionals regarding frequency with whom people with BED should weigh themselves or if they should not do it at all.
In a scientific article by Pacanowski and colleagues (2015) on the effects of weighing on psychological well-being, researchers suggest that overweight and obese people who want to lose weight, health professionals recommend that we weigh ourselves frequently as an effective weight control strategy.
On the contrary, some professionals tend to discourage people with eating disorders from weighing themselves, as they believe it can be harmful to their well-being.
The lack of consensus among professionals can be a problem for BED patients because they are more likely to be overweight or obese than those who suffer from other types of eating disorders, such as anorexia.
Considering the health risks associated with obesity (e.g. type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and high cholesterol) it means that it is important that those suffering from overweight and obesity affected by BED lose weight for their long-term well-being.
In such cases, weighing yourself periodically can be inevitable if they have to to monitor effectively lose weight and achieve healthy and safe weight.
Although there are significant health risks associated with obesity, for BED patients, many health professionals and former sufferers claim that it is counterproductive for these individuals to weigh themselves, as it can make them feel emotionally defeated and get worse so their eating disorders.
The effects of thinking about getting on the scale
Several psychological studies suggest that people who are dissatisfied with their bodies and overly concerned about their weight and shape are particularly at risk of developing eating disorders.
A study by Klos and colleagues (2012) examined the effects of weighing on body image and found that for women, climbing on the scale is a gesture strongly linked to the excessive concern about weight, body shape and appearance.
Researchers suggest that, in turn, weighing yourself may be linked to eating disorders in women.
However, Klos and colleagues point out that the relationship between weighing yourself and body image is complex and different according to gender.
Most of the male participants in this study were shown to have a very different relationship with the balance than females.
Since the act of weighing oneself frequently is linked to a greater satisfaction of one's body with the orientation towards health and fitness and to the evaluation of one's own health in a more positive way.
The pros and cons of weighing yourself
Deciding whether to weigh you or not is something you should think very carefully about.
Getting on the scale usually takes you to one negative emotional spiral that contributes to your desire to binge?
Then, weighing yourself will probably contribute to weight gain rather than weight loss and will likely expose you to additional health risks rather than helping you make progress.
If weighing you causes you discomfort.
Then, the scale will only keep you imprisoned in the binge cycle for which you have worked so hard to free yourself.
If you decide that weighing yourself periodically is both necessary and beneficial for weight loss and well-being, it is important to do it with some type of psychological support in place.
This support could be as simple as organize a phone call with a friend after each weighing. Talk about the feelings that arise with someone supportive can make a difference and can help you stay positive and motivated.
within the LoveYourSelf program participants have the possibility to book calls with Sara through the service SOS friend. Sara is a participant who has completed the entire path of the LoveYourSelf program and has faced the same challenges that you are facing now.
He will be able to give you the understanding you need, especially in the moments when you feel you need it most.
Dr. Freedhoff stresses that it is important to be aware of the fact that the scale measures several things plus the amount of body fat you've lost or gained.
Your clothes, suffering from constipation, water retention and the time of day (we tend to weigh more in the evening) can appear on the scale as extra pounds.
So if you plan to weigh yourself, it is vitally important to do it consistently (we recommend once a week, on Wednesday mornings, naked, after going to the bathroom!).
What your relationship with libra tells you
In addition to the need to weigh yourself to make sure you are moving in the direction of health and longevity, the number you see on the scale it serves no purpose.
He won't tell you literally nothing important on yourself. Scales are just a source of information about your health.
More most useful sources could be the way your clothes fit your body how energetic you feel, how well you sleep or, more importantly, how much you are happy.
Your relationship with the scale will tell you much more than the number on the scale will ever do: if you are afraid of climbing it, it means that you are allowing this number to determine your self-esteem.
Low self-esteem and BED
One of the main reasons why people suffer from BED is the low self-esteem.
This lack of self-esteem is manifested in the binge attitude and is reflected in the problems related to the person's weight.
It is therefore not surprising that for people who are experiencing BED the number on the scale acquires enormous significance since they believe it represents their value as human beings.
Ultimately, your relationship with the scale is really a reflection of how deeply rooted this is belief.
You are holding on to the false belief that you are worthy of love, acceptance and things you want in life if your body weighs a certain amount and looks a certain way.
This belief probably came about in childhood or adolescence and has held you in your grip ever since.
But, the truth is that you've always been worthy of love, acceptance and the things you want.
What the balance number says about you
Your body is simply a vehicle for life who says nothing about you as a person and nothing about your true worth. Once you have abandoned the belief that the number on the scale determines your value.
You will begin to experience a complete change in your life and feel much more involved in it.
Challenge and change this false belief it is obviously much easier said than done. If this belief was easy to change, you would probably not be struggling with food yet or reading these words now.
There are many effective ways to help you overcome this belief and participate in the LoveYourSelf program it's one of them. We understand how difficult it is to break the binge cycle and we are here to support you at every stage of your journey to yours Ultimate Food Freedom.
Know that vali much more of the number you see on the scale: your true value is immeasurable.
So, to concretize in your daily life what we have seen so far - and thus reduce the value of the instrument to weigh yourself - how can you do?
Surely reading this article you will have said several times:
"How true is this!"
Yes, but then the problem of the relationship with the balance has not disappeared. You only have started the process of changing this aspect of your life.
So how can you do it for completely subvert this disturbing emotion in the relationship with the balance?
To transform this aspect of your life you don't have to stop at the mere intellectual level understanding the problem.
The intellectual level is also a modality superficial of understanding reality.
To change something within the complexity of your human existence you need see the problem, not just to understand it superficially.
But how do you SEE the problem?
You can do it with the same attitude that you practice in mindfulness (to learn more read the author Jon Kabat-Zinn).
That means: guard the situation when it presents itself as an external observer would do e do not judge.
When you observe without judging you will also have the opportunity to SEE the reality of things and the dynamics of the problem in progress.
The act of seeing causes a immediate change and deep. It is what Jiddu Krishnamurti calls theinsight (deep vision).
So basically I suggest you do 3 things:
- Review the fundamental points of what you have just read and listened to.
- Bring them back to your personal experience e observed in your relationship with the balance without judgments di
- Do exactly what choose to do: if you decide not to weigh yourself for a certain period of time, don't weigh yourself ...
... If you decide to do it without suffering, do it and make sure that the value you see on the scale flows without leaving negative traces but only a simple memory of what it is: a date on your state of health.
Also, I have another couple of tips that I want to leave you:
If the scale you have used for years causes you discomfort even just looking at it, why not buy one new scale with a different look?
This is one way of breaking a trigger and reaction pattern that has developed over time.
Take another scale with a different color and other visual features that make it immediately different from the first glance compared to your old scale.
Also paste a post-it on your new scale with new "operating instructions". Here is an example of what you could write on your post-it ...
"The data that this balance provides me is a data relating to my state of health, and can not tell me anything about my value as a person."
Remember that every time you mentally "hook" weight loss to health, reduce the risk of bingeing, because instead it is the desire to lose weight in hurry that can derail you.
On the contrary, the attitude associated with weight loss for health DON'T it agitates you mentally, but it helps you to pursue this goal firmly anyway.
Use this method and you will see that, as the weeks go by, the scale will begin to acquire its natural value without disturbing you, rather if needed help you to correct the course of your eating habits.
HOW TO OBTAIN THE DEFINITIVE FOOD FREEDOM
Uncontrolled feeding disorder, binge eating, compulsive binges, and in general the loss of control within the relationship with food, can also be overcome in a way autonomous and holistic if you know how to do it.
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