Living inauthentically is inherently stressful.
Meaning, it’s not natural for us, it takes great effort, and it goes against who we are at the deepest level of our being.
When we’re living a lie, we need to constantly maintain that lie, cover our bases, and make sure no one discovers who we really are.
I’m calling that stressful.
And for those of you who have a basic understanding of the work the work I teach around Eating Psychology, know that anything which is stressful creates the stress response in the body.
Another way of saying stress response is: sympathetic nervous system dominance.
When the sympathetic nervous system is most active, we create excess insulin and cortisol – two hormones that when artificially raised over time can produce weight gain, inability to lose weight, and inability to build muscle.
These hormones can also lead to inflammation and diabetes.
What’s more, even a chronic low-level stress response can interfere with digestion and create a long list of digestive symptoms.
Furthermore, long-term low-level stress can decrease immunity, cognition, memory, mood, and energy level. And lastly, stress creates appetite dis-regulation.
That means you’ll be eating more than you want to. And most people don’t want that.
So the stress that is inherent in being inauthentic is a literal metabolic suppressor.
That’s why when it comes to moving towards our optimal health, weight, and metabolism – we must do work on self.
We must look in the mirror and see who we are and how we’re showing up in the world.
Authenticity is forever life changing.

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.