Cognitive Therapy for Weight LossPosted: August 1, 2019 in Lifestyle by Craig Primack MD FACP
It’s not uncommon to try different weight-loss methods and still fail to meet your personal health goals. Unfortunately, some dieters end up gaining more weight than shedding extra pounds. It’s not that they lack motivation, effort, or options. It’s their own negative thoughts and feelings toward themselves.
Losing weight takes more than exercise and strict dieting. You also have to work on freeing your mind from discouraging thoughts.
Negativity Fuels Hunger
Negative thinking will never lead you in a good direction and contribute to unhealthy behaviors. When you can’t think positively about yourself, it becomes easier to emotionally indulge and eat unhealthy food. With self-destructive thoughts, you’ll eventually look for something that can fill that emotional void and provide a moment of peace. This can lead to unhealthy addictions and behaviors that can cause you to gain more weight.
Notice the Negative Thoughts
How many times have you looked in the mirror and told yourself that you aren’t good enough, thin enough, or attractive enough? Start taking the time to notice that type of discouraging and destructive thought pattern. It may sabotage or set back your weight loss goals even further out of reach. Cognitive therapy will help you reshape your self-image and improve your weight loss journey.
Behavioral Therapy for Weight Loss
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) plays a big role in achieving your weight loss goals. It’s usually done in group classes or if needed, individual sessions. Many yo-yo dieters have found that cognitive therapy has a positive impact on their weight loss efforts. It helped successfully change their negative thought patterns and feelings that keep them from reaching a healthy weight.
Seek a Medical Weight Loss Program
If you lack motivation but dream of having a healthy weight, forget the fad diets and excessive exercise, seek medical assistance. At a medical weight loss center, weight loss is treated with a medical approach. Physicians, registered dieticians, and psychologists trained in diet and weight loss will help change your negative thoughts into constructive and positive self-talk.
Cognitive-therapy classes address your fears and insecurities from a more constructive standpoint. They’ll change feelings of helplessness into motivation for success. Whether you choose individual therapy or a medical weight loss program, it will be a great investment in your personal health and happiness.
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