Keys to Living Light was founded on the premise that losing weight and losing clutter can and often do go hand in hand. What is the connection here and is this really the case? If you look carefully, most articles on decluttering and organizing have at least 1 paragraph that discusses weight loss in the process, So let’s dig into the connection, Here are the main principles I have found to be true.
When you look around your home, car or work environment and all you see is clutter and mess, stress often results. It is a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. How will I ever get a handle on this, when I barely have time to do the essential things in my life (think wash clothes, make meals)? Stress causes our bodies to release hormones so that we are ready to fight off the stressor. One of these hormones, cortisol, releases sugar into the blood for energy, increases appetite (not for vegetables), and contributes to an increase in fat storage over time. Constantly elevated cortisol levels are associated with weight gain, reduced energy levels, and sleep disruptions,
2. Meal preparation
Making healthy meals does take some planning and preparation. A clear and clean work space is essential, along with an organized and well stocked pantry. Do you see where I’m going with this? Even the best intentions can go south if these things aren’t in place, A frozen pizza, or a stop at a fast food restaurant on the way home may sound much easier after a busy day if cleaning and organizing are needed.
There are several issues here. One is energy. As we discussed stress zaps energy. The feeling of overwhelm can also lead to feelings of depression, which drains energy and can lead to poor sleep. It’s hard to get motivated to exercise when energy is low.
The other factor is accessibility of exercise clothes, shoes, equipment. Where did I put that pair of running shoes? The treadmill is so full of stuff and dust, it would be a project just to get it ready. Get the idea? Having the necessary items ready to go takes planning and organization.
The abundance of stuff can suffocate a home. Energy is blocked and there is a heaviness. I can literally see the relief on my client’s faces and feel their energy and the energy in the space at the end of a day of organizing, This lightness can minimize or eliminate the urge to eat. Don’t believe me? Try it!
Once you have things under control in your home, you won’t believe the amount of time you will have! You can use this time to dedicate to your weight loss goals and to make healthy food choices at home.