Licensed Professional Counselor
We make poor food choices and overeat because it feels good. “Junk food” triggers the release of serotonin and dopamine, the “happy” brain neurochemicals. An immediate decrease in anxiety and sadness follows ingesting sugar, flour, and other carbohydrates. Food can be as addicting as any drug.
Fad diets and quick weight loss are not sustainable because we inevitably return to old eating habits. Also, it simply takes time for the body to adjust to carrying less fat and not feeling starved. Long-term weight loss requires a permanent change in the way we eat.
There’s no single path to sustained weight loss. You might decide to work with a comprehensive eating plan, such as Weight Watchers. You might decide to master one change, such as eliminating sugary sodas, before adding on the next change goal. Changing your eating habits is about figuring out what works for YOU.
Perfectionism and negative self-speech sabotage any behavioral change. Saying to yourself, “I should be able to control myself,” just increases shame, which in turn increases the urge to overeat. Very few people are to able achieve their goals every day. It is critical to have self-compassion as you go through this process, looking for what works well for you and what can be learned from mistakes.
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GoalsFIRST for Women™
GoalsFIRST for Women™ is available in individual or group format. This program is helpful for weight loss as well as other types of behavioral change.
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