The Most Direct Weight Loss Path
By. Dr. Laina Shulman
Weight loss has its ups and downs and at times we feel stuck.
Life can be like that. We have all had moments where something seems harder than it should. These moments happen in our relationships, finances, health and our struggles with weight. It seems as if we are taking the longest route from A to B! When this happens to me I remind myself that feeling stuck may just be my mind playing tricks on me.
I love to read science, not because I particularly love equations, but because of what it teaches me about myself. In science a “universal principle or law” either applies to everything in the universe (including all of us) or frankly it is not universal at all.
One of my favourite scientific laws I have read about is The Principle of Least Action. A well known scientist summarized it this way: “Nature is thrifty in all its actions“. Einstein used this law as part of the foundation to help develop some of his ground- breaking theories.
This law can be applied to any journey, i.e. the path of a ball when you throw it, the movement of animals, the growth of plants, or even the path of light travelling through water. Although it may not seem like it at the time, it tells us that everything in nature always takes the fastest, and most direct path. Even more amazingly, it is as if there is some sort of wisdom guiding the process. What may look like tangents at one point, end up being important parts of the path, making it as efficient as possible. Scientists have learned to trust this law.
This bit of science helps me when I feel as though I am spinning my wheels. It reminds me that I am not stuck, it just feels that way for the moment.
We are all an integral part of nature guided by its laws. It may not always feel like it, but we must be moving in the right direction and there is a wisdom guiding our path. In those moments when I feel I have hit a wall or am off track, laws like this one remind me to trust my intuition, recommit to my goals, breathe a little deeper and keep moving…I am getting there.
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