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Your Emotions could be the Reason You Can't Lose Weight

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It's June, and although the official start to summer might be June 22, the summer solstice, the 80 and 90 degree days in some parts of the country, and the school graduations have started us thinking about summer!

When we as women think about summer we also think about weight loss. You know it is true -- unfortunate but true! Weight loss is one of the cornerstones of my practice so I talk about it every day, because women always want help with losing weight, especially in the spring and summer.

The one thing that I have learned is that if you don’t address the emotional side of weight loss you will not lose weight.

As humans, we are emotional beings and it doesn’t matter how many facts you have about healthy eating, if you don’t recognize when your emotions are making your eating decisions you will not be successful at losing weight or keeping it off.

“Understanding and managing the behaviors and emotions related to weight management is essential to weight loss.” According to a survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center with over 1,300 licensed psychologists.

What are emotional behaviors related to weight loss? Examples are:

• Emotions related to maintaining a regular workout

• Emotions about making healthy food choices

• Emotions related to other stressful situations in your life

• Feeling guilty about poor behavioral choices that cause you to fall off your diet regimen

• Gaining self control over behaviors related to weight loss

How in the world can you manage your emotional behaviors to create successful and sustainable weight loss? You have to have a weight loss plan that includes some strategies to manage your emotions. In my practice I have found successful strategies include a balanced whole foods diet, education on how much and how often to eat, and mind-body strategies like:

• Goal-setting before we start the program

• Record-keeping of successes and setbacks during the behavioral learning process

• Therapies to identify and address negative emotions that trigger unhealthy behaviors

• Finding solutions to setbacks and obstacles after (or before they arrive)

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September 6, 2013 - 11:49am
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Mine is a different strategy though but worked pretty well on me. I have been over eating due to a failed relationship. Everybody hates rejection and we deal with a world that is full of stress. That caused me to be overweight. I have been dieting and exercising as well but it didn't seem to help me at all. Maybe it what I was doing wasn't enough. I have read blogs about diet pills and there mixed reviews on certain pills. I have eyed on a pill Prescopodene and asked a doctor about it and eventually got an approval on using it. It was my first so I was very cautious about it. I did lose weight and now stick to the natural way of losing weight, exercise and proper diet. That's how I am maintaining my shape. Handling emotions is I think harder to deal with compared to losing weight so instead of keeping my thoughts about problems and stuff to myself, I have learned how to vent all my worries out with people close to my heart. They serve as my support group and that works for me perfectly. So yeah, that's how I am managing my emotions.

June 18, 2013 - 5:44pm
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I agree. I also tend to over eat when I'm troubled. Obviously, that's the main reason why I'm fat. I've been big since birth and I have been bullied for about a million times and I never seemed to move on from loser-ville. Most of the people suffering from depression aren't aware that they are depressed and the only compensatory mechanism they know is to eat for comfort.The key of the matter is having the awareness that your depressed. Once you know that there's a problem, being aware will help you think of a sound solution. I'm no psychologist but I have personal experience. It's true that venting out and having support groups is a big help. Having real people who've been in your shoes and understand where your coming from. People who could empathize your situation. That's how I've learned to let go of my emotional baggage. I've dealt with how to have control over my emotions as its the culprit that causes me to become bigger due to over eating. I have also been offered to take diet pills just like that of Prescopodene. While taking the pill, we also have these gym sessions so on a nutshell, these support group helped me to become the new me.

June 30, 2013 - 6:09pm
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