Gratitude & Fat Loss

Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, are both psychologists and leading experts in the study of the effects of gratitude.

In one noteworthy study they had three groups keep a journal. 

  • Group 1 was instructed to write about things they were grateful for.
  • Group 2 was instructed to write about daily irritations and annoyances.
  • Group 3 was a control and simply journaled with no instructions. 

Those who focused on gratitude reported being significantly more optimistic and happier. What's equally impressive and easier to clearly quantify is that they exercised significantly more and even got sick less often! 

Joe Ervin, a Macroholic who has lost over 100 pounds on his journey expresses gratitude regularly for his wife, his friends, and his health.

Joe Ervin, a Macroholic who has lost over 100 pounds on his journey expresses gratitude regularly for his wife, his friends, and his health.

Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, from the University of Pennsylvania, also a psychologist, was able to demonstrate that those who wrote and delivered a letter to someone they were grateful for were significantly happier for up to a month! 

Even from a scientific perspective, gratitude is easily demonstrated as one of the fundamental building blocks to happiness. Happiness and fat loss are intimately intertwined with one another. Happy people are less likely to rely on food for emotional stability and are generally less stressed. 

Express some gratitude for the people and things you are thankful for today and everyday!

Coach Barnett

David Barnett