Hey, it’s Ryann, your host from Coffee Talks Therapy Podcast. Today, let’s tackle a common phrase: “I feel fat.” It’s thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean, and how can we overcome this feeling? Let’s dive into it.
The phrase “I feel fat” is often used to express discomfort in our bodies, but it’s not a feeling; it’s a label we use for a deeper emotional experience. Let’s explore how to understand and unravel this phrase.
When you say you “feel fat,” it doesn’t address the real issue. Your body hasn’t drastically changed overnight. The key difference is the emotional state. To break through this, it’s crucial to identify and separate your emotions from the perceived feeling of fat.
Negative emotions are connected to the feeling of fat because, over time, your brain has associated discomfort with body image. To overcome this, you need to disconnect negative emotions from your body. This involves recognizing what you’re genuinely feeling.
If the negative emotion is linked to your body, delve deeper:
Uncover the root cause of upset related to body image:
The goal is to separate the feeling of being “fat,” which is not a feeling, from what you’re genuinely feeling. Whether it’s discomfort, nervousness, or shame, identify the real emotion to address the root problem.
Don’t let the phrase “I feel fat” be a deflective mechanism. Break the cycle by understanding the true emotion, working on the root problem, and recognizing that discomfort may not always be related to your body. Take the step to unravel the emotional connection to body image.
I hope this episode helps you navigate through the complexities of body image and emotions. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey.
Licensed Therapist, Certified Nutritionist, and Virtual Wellness Coach
Ryann is a licensed therapist and virtual wellness coach who has assisted individuals worldwide in establishing a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.
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