So many people struggle with their weight. Today, 7 in 10 adults and 1 in 3 children are obese or overweight in the United States.
Obesity can have a devastating effect on your health and well-being. It can increase your risk of medical conditions like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. It can lead to depression, anxiety and low self-worth. Obesity affects all areas of life, including relationships and work.
It’s not as if we aren’t trying to lose the extra weight. We go on diets, buy low-calorie foods, and join the gym. But losing weight isn’t as simple as eating less and exercising more.
The causes of obesity are complex. Genetic, biological and environmental factors often interfere with our best efforts to lose weight. Stress, anxiety and depression also influence our ability to maintain a healthy weight. Many of us use food to make ourselves feel better.
Losing weight is one of the hardest, most frustrating and most psychologically taxing things a human can do. A major aspect of weight control involves our emotions and how we relate to food. The thoughts, feelings and beliefs underneath our behaviors can sabotage our weight loss efforts.
How can you avoid yo-yo dieting and establish a psychologically healthy relationship with food?
Start with adopting a healthy nutrition plan (focus on long-term eating habits) and an exercise plan that works for you (make it fun!). Also, find ways to reduce stress, get good sleep, and be kind to yourself.
Next, Psychology Today shares these strategies to help you lose weight and keep it off:
If you don't succeed at first, keep trying. Weight is a difficult issue, intrinsically connected to our emotions and habits. Successful weight loss involves re-learning a healthier way of living — and thinking!
Read Doug’s story: My weight-loss journey started “by accident”
Edward-Elmhurst Health offers both surgical and non-surgical options to help you achieve permanent weight loss and the healthy, active life you were meant to live. Learn more.
Heather Bautista, ND, CNS, LDN, naturopathic nutritionist with the Integrative Medicine Clinic, can educate you in choosing a healthy lifestyle to help you achieve your weight goals.
Edward Elmhurst Health & Fitness uses a behavior modification approach to weight loss. Explore Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness.
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