Learning to Lose Weight

Learning to Lose WeightLosing weight is a challenge for many people. While most of us are aware of the benefits of weight loss and yearn for better physical and mental health, our efforts at weight loss are often temporary and difficult to maintain.  With the support of a weight loss program you can work on behaviors that will increase your likelihood of achieving your weight loss goals and maintaining weight loss long term.

Here are a few of the skills you will learn in a medical weight loss program.

  • Setting realistic goals. Short and long term goals that are achievable and measurable are the building blocks that lay the foundation for your weight loss success.
  • Positive outlook. Not everyone sees their glass as half full naturally.  When we are depressed, using sugar for a quick attitude adjustment is a common issue with people who struggle with weight management.  Optimism and maintaining a positive outlook in difficult times is a skill that with practice can become a part of your daily life.
  • Stress management.  When the world hands you lemons… Let’s face it, modern life is stressful for most of us. Many of us cope with stress by indulging in bouts of emotional eating and that has led to our weight problem.   Learning stress management skills that can be applied any time you feel like turning to food to feel better is a critical skill for weight management and without it, weight loss success is made all the more difficult.
  • Getting Active. Exercise is essential for weight loss but many people either lack the time, the motivation or the interest to get involved in formal exercise.  If you find exercise dull or if it is painful physically or mentally, learning ways to become active that don’t feel like exercise can be a liberating experience.  By learning a few simple strategies you can gain the health and weight loss benefits of exercise without ever setting foot in the gym.
  • Eating mindfully.  Perhaps one of the most vital skills for a long-term weight manager is the ability to leave mindless eating in the past.  Learning and practicing the skills of mindful eating can solve issues of binge eating, overeating, loss of control and an inability to make appropriate food choices.   Becoming mindful can even extend benefits beyond weight loss into areas of enhanced mental performance and even into improving your relationships.

Medical weight loss programs offer far more than just a diet. A comprehensive program identifies all of the issues that caused you to gain weight in the first place and provides you with realistic strategies to reverse those behaviors that are damaging to your health and enough guidance and practice to become an expert in managing your weight for years into the future.

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