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Psychology of Weight Loss

June 17, 2009

Weight Mangement is one of the most difficult endeavors of behavior change in Americal life.  So many people know what to do, but are unable to consistently change behaviors.  Simply stated, the key to weight loss is to consume less energy than you expend.  The psychology of weight loss helps people achieve their goals

One of the challenges of the losing weight is going to restaurants.  You can meet this challenge in many ways and two are suggested here as follows:

1.  Select what you will enjoy but is not laden with excess calories.  For this, you will have to ask the waiter a series of questions to help you in your quest for weight loss.  You may have to learn to be assertive, polite but to the point.  For example, find out how the food is cooked.  If fried or cooked in butter as opposed to broiled, choose the latter. 

2.  Portion size – “small is better.”  Ask the waiter assertively for a take home package when the food arrives.  Prior to eating, remove a portion and wrap it up in the container and then in a plastic bag with a knot.  It is out of sight.  Then eat only what is left on your plate.  To make this more likely to occur, use visual imagery combined with the appropriate positive thoughts.  The visual imagery requires paractice, practice, practice!

If you need help with the psychology of weight loss, contact Dr. Nadler.