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25+ Powerful Bible Verses For Weight Loss When You Want To Quit!

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Bible verses for weight loss

I’ve been struggling lately. 

I know that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and that means what I eat is important to God. 

Why? 

Because what I eat goes into my body! 

And the body is what? 

The Holy Spirit’s temple!

So when I eat junk food it not only affects my physical health but also my spiritual health. 

The problem so many of us face though is that unhealthy food is so much more convenient than healthy food. 

And then the weight gain begins and accelerates and accumulates and it’s just out of control! 

That’s when we need peace and rest in the arms of Jesus and His word because doing this on our own just isn’t going to work!

So if you need some encouragement to get back on track with your weight loss journey please stick around because you’re in the right place! 

Today we are going to talk about: 

-The weight loss journey and its struggles 

-Health problems that come from being overweight 

-Emotional eating and why we do it 

-How to renew our minds 

-Weight loss bible verses to chew on 

-Weight loss prayers to pray

 

Oh yeah, and this post contains affiliate links to great products that will help you in your health journey. I will get a commission if you decide to buy from these links but I’m only recommending products that I feel confident about and from companies that I trust like Amazon and others. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

 

The weight loss journey & why it’s a struggle

Let’s just be real. 

The weight loss journey is hard. 

If you’ve been overweight or obese for a long time then switching over to a whole new way of eating is enough to make you want to give up before you start. 

Here are some of the main reasons why trying to lose weight is less fun than a trip to the dentist’s office: 

-We’ve been eating this way a long time and bad habits are hard to break 

Healthy eating is hard and confusing. It’s hard to know what food choices are healthy and what foods aren’t because one minute a doctor is telling you to eat fruits and vegetables and the next minute another doctor is telling you fruits are bad and are just sugar (eye-roll)

-The devil likes us to be in an unhealthy body because it is outside of God’s will and the devil always likes for us to be outside of God’s will. So he likes to tempt us to give in to the lust of the flesh. 

-Unhealthy rich food like cake, fried chicken, and pizza (like real pizza) taste delicious and we want more of it

-Conventional vegetables and fruits don’t always taste great. Organic and fancy veggies taste better but…

Healthy foods cost more …I’ve heard claims to the contrary but we all know it’s true. 

-We have unexpressed trauma that made us turn to food for comfort and now we are addicted. And we don’t want to deal with that trauma because it’s painful and it’s just easier to act like it’s not there. 

-Insert your own reasons here. 

 

Yeah, so basically losing weight bites (okay pun intended). 

And yet, because our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, we can’t just throw our hands up and not even try. 

Fortunately, because our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, we can turn to Him for guidance and help on ways to make this journey less painful.

But before we go into that, let’s talk about some health issues that arise from being overweight. 

Health problems that come from being overweight

Before dive into the more mental and spiritual aspects of weight loss, let’s discuss some of the physical issues that go along with being overweight. 

Even though I’ve lost over 50 pounds, I have still been overweight all of my adult life.

I can say that God has blessed me with good health, free of disease (except from that one prediabetes scare).

However, I know that being overweight can lead to issues like: 

-knee and joint pain

-Prediabetes and diabetes 

-Stroke

-Heart disease 

-High blood pressure 

-Stubborn belly fat

 

And so many other health problems, many of which can be avoided when we lose weight. 

 

Weight loss motivation

Losing weight is a slow laborious process.

So how can you motivate yourself to lose weight when you’d rather do literally anything (we’ll almost anything)?

Well, I know the motivation for me losing 50 pounds was me being diagnosed with prediabetes.

That spurred me into action because I didn’t want to get diabetes. So a disease or being in imminent danger of getting a disease is a great motivator.

But what if you don’t have a big scary potentially incurable disease looming over your head ready to attack at any moment?

How do we get motivated to lose weight and take care of our bodies, when you haven’t experienced major health issues?

Here are some ideas that you can use as motivation:

-Wanting to be healthy for God and because your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit 

-Wanting to be healthy for your family because they need you and want you to be around as long as possible

-Wanting to be healthy for yourself because you want to feel better physically and be fit and ready for anything 

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How to renew your mind through journaling to make weight loss easier

 

The thing about weight loss too is that it’s an everyday commitment.

It’s an everyday process and an everyday struggle. And because of that our minds need to be renewed every day.

I wish weight loss wasn’t such a struggle. Maybe for some people, it isn’t.

For me when I lost 50 plus pounds it wasn’t terribly hard but this current 50 pounds that I’m working on has been way more challenging.

So I have to renew my mind each day, remind myself of why I want and need to do this. I mean I avoided diabetes once but of course, I could still get it.

Not only that but I want to please God with my body and I don’t think I do when I’m not feeding my body with healthy foods and getting plenty of exercise throughout the day.

So of course one way to renew your mind is with prayer which I will share with you later. Another way is through journaling.

I loooove writing down my feelings. Whenever I get overwhelmed about anything, I write. And weight loss is overwhelming!

That’s why I created a digital weight loss planner & journal that has a prayer journal and a scripture meditation journal (and so much more)…so we could have a place to express our fears, hopes, goals, and frustrations about our weight loss journal. 

And it’s pretty too which is of the utmost importance (only kidding…sort of).

One of the best ways to renew your mind is of course through reading the Word of God.

God’s word is His message to us and so when we do a Bible study we are listening to Him speak directly to us. In a minute I’ll be sharing some powerful Bible verses that we can reflect on while we navigate these weight loss waters. 

 

Weight loss prayer

Another way of renewing your mind for weight loss is through prayer.

So what I’d like to do right now is pray for all of us going through this weight loss journey.

 

Dear Lord,

As you know, losing weight is a struggle. It’s a seemingly constant battle that is frustrating and exhausting.

We truly want better health but the desires of the flesh trip us up time after time. Maybe we exercise one day but then gorge on cake.

Or another day we eat a healthy breakfast but by the end of the day, we’re in a fast-food drive-thru.

This constant struggle with our weight is looked at as a physical battle but we, as your children, know it’s a spiritual battle.

The enemy wants us to feel hopeless. He wants us to feel like we will be stuck in this endless cycle forever.

But I know that with Your strength and guidance and power, our struggles with weight will, one day, be a struggle no longer.

So we ask for Your strength as we navigate this weight loss journey and pray that you will be there with us every step of the way. All these things we pray in Jesus name, Amen!

 

Emotional Eating And How To Overcome It

 

A big part of the reason why weight loss is so hard is because of emotional eating.

Emotional eating (my definition) is when you eat, not because you’re hungry but because you have some emotions that are too painful to deal with so instead you eat.

Emotional eating is a way to take your mind off of what’s bothering (or torturing you). The logic makes sense in a way.

Eating comforting foods makes you feel good and releases serotonin in your body which makes us feel good. (Source

While painful emotions do NOT make you feel good. So, I mean, which one would you pick? Definitely the eating right?

But the thing is since we aren’t turning to broccoli or carrots for comfort but instead to pizza and chocolate cake, eventually, that way of eating catches up with us.

And then we start to feel pain both emotionally AND physically because the weight starts to get crazy out of control.

And those toxic emotions?

Still there.

So now we’ve got double trouble.

So in the end emotional eating is so not a good thing.

Instead of eating your emotions “away” (but not really) start chewing on these verses that I’m about to share with you…meditate on them.

Once you start meditating on these scriptures, journaling your feelings (perhaps using the weight loss planner and journal), get more physical exercise, a new eating plan, and praying over your weight loss goals, I think you’re going to see some mountains moving!

 

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Powerful Bible Verses For Weight Loss

Okay so I’m not a huge fan of taking Bible verses out of context but forgive me this time.

I don’t think these verses need any explanation in regards to weight loss.

If you’re struggling with weight loss, you know exactly why I picked these verses…but I’ll let you weigh in, in the comments below (I know, I know…super cheesy and corny)

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

 

1 Corinthians 10:31

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

 

Galatians 5:22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

 

James 4:17

“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”

 

Proverbs 16:3 ESV

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 ESV (because we all know losing weight is some work) 

 

2 Timothy 1:7

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control

 

Romans 8:5 

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 

 

1 Corinthians 9:27 

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

 

orange slices; blue overlay with white lettering “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

 

Psalm 34:17

The godly cry out and the LORD hears; he saves them from all their troubles.

 

Psalm 40:1-2

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

 

Galatians 5:16

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

Ephesians 2:10

 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

Philippians 1:6

…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

Proverbs 25:16

Eating too much honey can make you sick.  or another version: Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!

 

I Peter 3:4 

But in the hidden person of the heart, in the incorruptible adornment of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God very precious.

 

Hebrews 12:11

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it 

 

John 6:35 

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

John 15:7-8

If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples.

 

Romans 12:1

Therefore I exhort you, brothers, through the compassions of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy to God, well-pleasing, which is your reasonable service.

 

Proverbs 23:20 

Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat,

 

Romans 12:2

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

 

Psalms 145:15

The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.

 

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 

 

Matthew 4:4

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

 

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

I pray that these verses have encouraged you to keep going on you weight loss journey no matter how rough things get!

 

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Angela Johnson is the owner and creator of Healthy As You Can (HAYC) and Christian Blogging Academy (CBA). She is also an author and certified life coach. She started this blog to help support other Christians who want to live a healthy and natural lifestyle but don't know where to start because it can be oh so confusing. She's still trying to figure it all out and as she does, she'll let you know!

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Angela Johnson is the owner and creator of Healthy As You Can (HAYC) and Christian Blogging Academy (CBA). She is also an author and certified life coach. She started this blog to help support other Christians who want to live a healthy and natural lifestyle but don't know where to start because it can be oh so confusing. She's still trying to figure it all out and as she does, she'll let you know!

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