My question has to do with the mind-body connection. I am curious about the relationship between our mental state, beliefs, etc on weight loss. The reason I ask is that I notice a quick weight loss having changed my relationship to my body and food and an excruciatingly slow weight loss when my focus was on appearance and working out 'hard.'
I know I gained weight because I would overeat in response to my emotional state. I began eating better and working out (circuits) for an hour a day and eating better. I lost one pound over the course of 2 months and did not notice a difference in my clothing or how I felt. However, after some therapy and changing my relationship to food and myself, I have lost over 11 pounds in 2 weeks simply walking 5-6 times per week and being aware of my food choices. I am not restricting the type or amount of food I eat, but paying attention to how my body feels.
Is there any research on this? I am so curious. Experience tells me there is a relationship, but I have a background in research and data and I can't bring myself to make that claim unless there is data to back it up. Do you have any personal experience with this? Have you read any studies in this area?