Mental Health for Improved Weight Loss
January 27, 2021 in
Craig Primack MD FACP
Paying attention to your mental health can actually give your physical health a boost, especially during a medical weight loss program in Arizona.
When was the last time you truly felt happy with yourself? There are a lot of people who can’t answer this question honestly.
Weight Loss is Not the Key to Happiness
Media is filled with body shaming posts and endless pressure to be as thin as you can be. It’s only getting harder to appreciate the skin you’re in. A lot of times this pressure can start to weigh down on you mentally. It can interfere with how you feel about yourself, your accomplishments, your relationships, and your career goals.
If you can’t find a way to be happy without being thin, then there’s a big chance you won’t be happy when you reach your weight loss goal.
This is actually a huge issue in the weight loss industry. The main reason people regain weight after losing it is a lack of lifestyle change. One of these lifestyle changes is your mental outlook on diet, exercise, and life in general.
Depression increases your risk for weight-gain with emotional eating and sedentary behavior. If you want to reach your weight loss goal and find a way to keep the weight off long-term, think about your mental well-being too.
Happiness is the Key to Weight Loss
Before reading any further, give this simple exercise a try. Wherever you are, stretch those cheek muscles out to your ears and put on a nice big smile. The longer you hold your smile, the better you’ll feel.
Imagine feeling a similar wave of positivity over every aspect of your life, from your friendships to your job. Dedicating time to a healthier mental outlook can bring you to a happier place. It can help with motivation as you lose weight and help you manage that weight loss long-term.
Attitude can make or break your weight loss program. A smile is often the first step to building a positive attitude. Spend your entire day looking forward to your workout instead of dreading it for the sake of your weight loss efforts.
Mental Health with Medical Weight Loss
Our medical weight loss program incorporates medical and lifestyle changes for the best chance of losing weight. This includes medications, nutrition, activity, and mental health. There are many ways to improve your mental health. A good place to start is with a simple habit, like keeping a journal or practicing meditation. If you think you may be struggling with chronic anxiety or depression, consider speaking with a mental health counselor. Take the small step now to improve your mental health so you can achieve physical health results too.