Not every thought that pops into your head is true. However, it is very common for people to buy into their thoughts and take action based on them.
For example, some people believe a very low carb ketogenic diet is the only way to lose weight. This narrative subsequently directs the kinds of diet information they seek and rely on. When they get stuck and don’t lose weight, they try to further restrict carbohydrates or meal frequency, etc. They struggle to consider there might be other ways to adjust their diet, including increasing real whole food carbs and reducing added fat.
Other people have self-defeating thoughts about themselves. These can be related to weight, one’s eating behaviors, and one’s ability to successfully lose weight. There can also be painful thoughts about one’s loveability, likability, and self-worth. These painful thoughts can fuel emotional eating and create feelings of hopelessness.
I hope the connections between our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical sensations is becoming increasingly apparent to you. This is one reason I suggest journaling/monitoring/tracking.
Today, notice when you are making interpretations about yourself, others, or the world/life in general. Consider that these narratives/thoughts/stories might not be true.