Cognitive Therapy for Weight LossPosted: Aug 01 in Lifestyle by Craig Primack MD FACP
It is not uncommon for someone who has tried a number of different weight-loss methods, including diets and physical exercise, to still fail to meet their personal health goals. Instead of shedding the extra pounds, some dieters even end up gaining more weight in the end. It is not that they lack motivation, effort or options. Many times, it is their own negative thoughts and feelings toward themselves that cause their efforts to fail. Losing weight truly requires more than physical exertion and strict dieting.
It is not only necessary to find a suitable medical weight-loss program, it is also important to free your mind from negative and discouraging thoughts. This is where cognitive therapy plays an important role in achieving your health goals. Many yo-yo dieters have found that cognitive therapy for weight loss has a positive impact on their efforts and helps them to successfully change the thought patterns and feelings that have kept them from reaching a healthy weight.
How many times have you looked in the mirror and told yourself that you are not good enough, smart enough, thin enough or attractive enough? If those kinds of thoughts are plaguing your mind, you might as well forget about being successful in shedding extra pounds from your body. It is important to understand that such a discouraging and destructive thought process will only bring you down and set your goals even further out of reach. Ultimately, without cognitive therapy to reshape your self-image, those negative feelings could sabotage your weight-loss efforts in a significant way.
If you dream of having an attractive body and healthy physical condition, it is important to seek professional assistance in changing your negative thoughts into constructive and positive self-talk. Many studies from various experts in weight-loss and psychological fields have clearly revealed that what happens with your body is greatly influenced by the kind of thoughts that fill your head. Before you even begin choosing a diet program for weight loss, it is important to rid yourself of the negative thoughts in your head and replace them with positive ideas about yourself. A successful cognitive-therapy routine could involve addressing your fears and insecurities from a more constructive standpoint in order to change feelings of helplessness into motivation for success.
Most people would agree that perpetual negative thoughts will not lead you in any kind of a positive direction. Continuous negativity in your life is more likely to contribute to unhealthy behaviors that will destroy your self-confidence. When you are unable to think positively about yourself in any capacity, it becomes easier to emotionally indulge and eat unhealthy foods that are detrimental to your waistline. By making room for self-destructive thoughts in your life, you will eventually look for something that can fill that emotional void and provide a moment of peace, which can lead to unhealthy addictions and behaviors that might even cause you to gain weight.
If you find yourself lacking the desire even to put on your shoes and go for a simple walk outside, it is time to change your patterns and create a healthier lifestyle. At this point, cognitive therapy could be a lifesaver for you. If you lack motivation or are unsure of how to change your unhealthy relationship with dieting and exercise, cognitive therapy could be a great investment into your personal health and happiness.