With obesity in the United States at epidemic proportions, cognitive therapy for weight loss, control and management has become an extremely important topic. Cognitive therapy for weight loss, like most areas of cognitive therapy, focus on what thoughts you have associated with food and how your thoughts impact your feelings and behaviors.
In cognitive therapy for weight loss we examine the underlying beliefs and assumptions, seek to challenge many of them and replace them with attitudes that are truer, healthier and consistent with helping us reach and maintain our goals.
Most people agree, that being fit, not fat is a result of eating smaller amounts of healthy food, drinking lesser amounts of high calorie liquids and burning more calories through exercise and movement.
There are many negative beliefs associated with weight loss problems:
“Being fat just runs in my family. My parents and grandparents were fat and so am I. Since it’s genetics, there is nothing I can do about it.”
“It’s just too hard, so I shouldn’t bother”.
“There is just no way I can shed all the pounds I need to”.
“I will start tomorrow”.
“Surely this amount of cake, candy, soda, etc., won’t really matter.”
There are hundreds of excuses and rationalizations we make to avoid the discomfort of living a more disciplined life. Many of us suffer from low frustration tolerance and narrowly think of the short term enjoyment of the moment while ignoring the long term negative consequences of our decisions.
In my pocket size guide book, “Weight Management,” available in the products sections of my website, www.cognitivetherapy.cc, I provide many cognitive and behavioral strategies to help individuals learn how to make important changes in the way they think, feel and behave.
Cognitive therapy for weight loss is not a quick fix but can provide those with weight problems practical help to fitter and healthier lives.