How Your Brain is Making You Fat (and 7 ways to Fix It)

Written by Angela Atkinson

Would you believe me if I told you that the reason you’re struggling with your weight is all in your head? It’s true. And yes, I speak from personal experienceis your brain making you fat

Shocker: You Can Use the Power of Your Mind to Lose Weight for Good

Losing weight is commonly a struggle. Over two-thirds of the adult U.S. population is overweight or obese.

According to researchers, the vast majority of these people would like to lose weight.

But what are they waiting for? Why haven’t they already done it?

Losing weight successfully requires the utilization of all your resources. Using the power of your mind to help with your weight-loss can tip the scales in your favor. Ready to find out how? 

Related – Skinny Head: A Quick-Launch Mindset Makeover for Weight Loss Success

Use the power of purpose and habits to change your behavior:

1. Be someone who gets what she wants! Someone who places a priority on health, moderation, and exercise. Changing your behavior is the biggest part of the solution to losing weight. A more important part of the equation is changing your identity – how you think of yourself. If you consider yourself as an overweight person taking healthy actions, success will be a challenge.

Tip: If you identify yourself as a healthy person that makes healthy decisions, success is much more likely and much easier. Your beliefs lead your actions.

2. Move your ass. No, seriously. Get some exercise, even if it just means walking around your couch 100 times. (But dancing is way more fun!) Seriously though, if you develop effective habits, it can put your brain on autopilot. If you need to lose weight, you already have some poor habits in place. Decide to override those habits and implant a few new habits.

Tip: You don’t need no stinking willpower! It’s overrated. Fact is that regular exercise doesn’t require willpower once you make it a habit. The willpower is necessary to create the habit. Make exercising easy! Start small, but be consistent.

3. Consider your food choices carefully and learn to listen to your body. Eat stuff that’s good for you, but that you also enjoy. One step at a time, you can change your eating habits. Add one healthy food and subtract an unhealthy food. Apply this process slowly until your diet is healthy and you’re happy with your weight loss. Alternatively, try my Project Blissful method – only eat things you LOVE and use the food tracking game. (It’s how I lost 100 pounds, after all.)

4. Set a specific goal. How much would you like to weigh? If you have a clear target, your odds improve considerably. If you don’t know what you want, how will you know when you’ve arrived? Set a clear goal, whether it’s a specific weight, a jeans size or a waist measurement. A clear goal incorporates a deadline and a clear target. Your brain requires clarity in order to thrive – and so do you, personally. 

5. Unpack your emotional baggage. Our obstacles are in our own mind. What concerns do you have about losing weight? Are you worried about being hungry or feeling lethargic? Are you afraid your spouse won’t find you attractive anymore?

Tip: You’ve GOT to deal with your negative emotions surrounding the achievement of your goal. Otherwise, you’ll be fighting with yourself and you’ll lose. But when you put your Self and your health first – the rest will fall into place. 

6. Keep your eye on the prize. When you feel weak, remind yourself WHY you’re doing this. You are going to GET something out of this – something way better than all the crap you’re trying to avoid now. This can be as simple as reading your goal aloud and visualizing your success. Others have more success with repeating their goal several times per day. Reminding yourself about your goal keeps it in the front of your mind. Too many people fail to reinforce their goals and forget all about them within a week. Make this a habit, too.

7. Track your progress. The number on the scale is what it is. Weigh yourself daily and average your results for the entire week. Compare that number to the previous week. Are you seeing progress? If so, congratulate yourself and continue. If you’re not losing weight, reassess your diet and exercise plan. Are you being compliant? Is it time for a new plan?

  • Give yourself a little reward when you’ve done well. You’ve earned it.
  • Avoid only tracking your weight. Track your compliance, too. If your diet and exercise plan are sound, your level of compliance determines your success.

“But I need to lose more than 100 pounds…”

Have more than 100 pounds to lose? I know it’s hard. Believe me. I’ve been there – and that’s why I wrote The Unbreakable You: How to Stay Committed to a Long-Term Weight Loss Plan When You Have More Than 100 Pounds to Lose – check it out, right here. 

Let today be the day you begin a successful weight-loss journey – the last one you’ll ever have to start. How would that feel? 

You can lose weight faster and easier if you are able to use the power of your mind.  YOU CAN DO THIS!

If you stick with it, you’ll have the body you’ve always wanted before you know it. 


  • Angela Atkinson

    Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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