Yes it is. Believe it or not, the answer is yes. And the biggest reason for this is that being on vacation, naturally puts us in a different state of mind which has the amazing power to change our metabolism. That’s because we do something completely different when we are away on vacation. We let go. We let go of worrying about things, escape from stress, and are able to do something highly unusual, we RELAX!
Most people who want to lose weight think about it all the time – when they get dressed, when they sit down and feel their belly ripple, when they look at themselves in pictures or in front of the mirror, or when they have an upcoming event. They dread being seen naked. It affects their confidence, mood and ability to be intimate. So, to their credit, they work really hard at trying to shed excess pounds with hard core regular workouts and constantly watching portions or counting calories.
The trouble is those ever present thoughts about wanting to lose weight or desire to have a different body and the additional hard work to achieve it, create a constant mode of pushing, going, and doing that adds more stress to an already stressful existence. Two major factors with stress, and it’s impact on weight gain, that are well documented in numerous scientific studies are high cortisol production and elevated insulin output.
Being in a constant mode of fight or flight, fear, anxiety or worry can all lead to belly fat because cortisol is the key hormone released during stress, and cortisol’s chemical reaction signals the body to store fat and to not build muscle. Add to that the affects of increased insulin which chronic stress also induces. Insulin is another hormone that tells the body to aggressively store carbohydrates as fat. So, in essence, worrying about weight loss and anxiety over unwanted fat actually increases the probability of having more of it!
Yet most people don’t acknowledge that stress could play a role in their weight or health because it some way the adrenaline from the stress feels productive. Many times we use that anxiety and fear to motivate ourselves. Yet, perpetual worry about anything puts is in a chronic low level of stress whether or not we realize it.
Stress is something that usually feels out of our control. As much as we may try to minimize it, it seems like something else happens to trigger us right back into that constant mode of tightening up and pushing through whatever it is we are faced with. We suck it up. It’s what we do. And do it well. When I ask my clients what their level of stress is on a scale of 1-10, they often say it’s not bad. Then a little later, they more comfortably admit that it’s more like an 8 or 9.
So how can we invite more of the vacation mind frame into our daily lives?
Love where you are
Make every bite count
Focus on wants instead of have to’s.
Believe that you already have what you desire
Let go and live. Every day is a gift. Do. Play. Laugh.