We all know that as a society we struggle with being overweight. So many factors lead so many of us to struggle with our weight. We also know that typical diets or knowledge about nutrition don't help much. In fact, many individuals with weight problems could probably write books about all the diets they have tried.
Though no one can claim that there is an easy and permanent fix for weight problems, there are many behavioral strategies that, when combined, can make meaningful and long-term differences on individuals abilities to lose weight and maintain weight loss.
Some of the behavioral moves we use with people include:
- addressing the psychological aspects of eating and exercise behaviors
- examining episodes of binge eating or emotional eating
- working on habits with many of the same techniques we use on nail-biting and skin-picking
- normalizing eating schedules and patterns
- helping people keep their weight issues in perspective with all of their goals and deeper values
- creating a unique atmosphere in sessions of accountability, education, and support
Change around eating and exercise behaviors is clearly possible. Small efforts combined together into healthy habits can lead to weight loss and much less emotional distress around weight issues and body image.