Weight Loss Therapy can help if you have difficulty maintaining your weight loss
Why you should lose weight
Losing weight is one of the most important changes a person can do that affects profoundly his or her life if he’s overweight.
Being overweight or obese is one of the leading cause of preventable death.
Many medical problems arise from being overweight. The probability of having heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, among many other diseases are increased as a person gets heavier.
There are also a lot of negative psychological consequences of being overweight such as lowered self-esteem, anxiety, and sometimes depression. An overweight person also tends to have less energy because for them, it takes more effort to be active. Ironically the less active a person is, the more he is likely to gain more weight.
Although weight loss is one of the most important changes a person can make for himself, it is usually very difficult to achieve. The reason lies in the underlying causes of being overweight.
Causes of Obesity and Excess Weight
Excessive weight has many causes including our genes, upbringing, food environment, and psychosocial stressors. Many people blame a sluggish metabolism for being overweight. Although metabolisms vary, more often than not most of the extra pounds would be there regardless of metabolism.
Metabolic differences do matter and it is important to assess your basal metabolic rate. This can be estimated by using a variety of formulas with a professional.
Endocrine problems are also responsible for weight gain, e.g., hypothyroidism. But, again 95% of overweight people have perfectly healthy thyroids.
Ways To Lose Weight in NYC Diets
New Yorkers try various diets, dieting strategies, exercise programs, and even diet supplements. Various trends exist in the diet industry. Past decades emphasized low fat and low sugar. The most popular diets today emphasize limiting carbohydrates. Atkins, the Zone, and The South Beach are all examples of diets which keep carbohydrates lower than the average American’s diet.
Weight Loss Centers
Many weight loss centers and clinics can be found in New York City. They have different approaches to help people lose weight – mostly focused on diet coaching, nutrition education, and preparation of food.
Weight Loss Programs
There are also many firms that offer weight loss programs in NYC. Weight Watcher’s, Jenny Craig, and L.A. Weight Loss are programs that many have used. Scientific studies indicate that for weight loss (not necessarily other measures) the most important aspect of dieting is calorie consumption. As long as your physician approves the nutrient recommendations, any of these programs could be successful for losing weight, as long as you can stick with the program.
Exercise is an important factor for developing a health lifestyle. New York City, especially Manhattan, is teeming with gyms and workout centers that makes exercising with machines, weights and classes easily accessible.
Locations such as Central Park are ideal places to exercise such as jogging, biking, skating, walking and even playing sports. For many exercise alone will not result in weight loss. It can increase muscle mass and increase appetites, so it may not reduce the number on the scale. With that said, it is central to our approach since it does reduce stress, regulate emotions, and helps people maintain the weight they have lost. It improves mood and helps the kind of thinking and emotions that support healthy eating habits.
Even after participating in programs, dieting and exercising, most people do not maintain their weight loss. In fact, 90% of those who successfully lose weight, will regain that weight within 12 months. This weight loss-gain cycle is potentially dangerous.
Some argue an individual may be better off not losing the weight in the first place. This rationale is based on the way our bodies lose and gain weight. When we lose weight we lose both fat and muscle.
Unfortunately, when we gain weight the percentage of fat that we add is higher than the percentage lost. Therefore, a 10 pound loss/regain cycle results in the same body weight, but the body composition of fat to lean muscle mass has increased. Continuous cycles will result in higher and higher body fat percentages, which increases numerous medical risks, including diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers, AND a slower metabolism, making future weight loss attempts even harder.
Weight Loss Therapy
As already mentioned, more than 90% of people who lose weight on a diet will gain it all back and more within a year. So clearly, if you have failed on a diet or could not keep the weight off, you are not alone and more willpower may not be the only solution.
The answer to gain a healthier body weight long-term might be for you to undergo weight loss therapy.
Behavioral weight loss programs designed by psychologists have been proven to be effective. However, even with these programs weight regain can be common. So it is important that behaviors, emotions, and cognitions are all properly addressed in treatment to ensure genuine lifestyle change. It is important to select a clinician with a great deal of training and experience in the area of weight loss. There is perhaps more misinformation available (and promoted) in the area of weight loss than any other issue addressed by psychologists. In addition, there are serious medical risks associated with excessive weight, but also with losing weight too rapidly.
How Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Can Help with Weight Loss
Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been shown to be effective when it comes to developing life-long healthy habits that often result in weight loss. Whether you need help identifying and challenging your negative thoughts and feelings about yourself, learning problem-solving skills, practicing relaxation methods, developing effective coping skills, or identifying areas of your life where you need to develop healthier habits, New York Behavior Health’s warm, caring, and skilled psychotherapists can offer help.
For information about weight loss treatment, please email or call New York Behavioral Health, and a staff member will be there to answer your questions. We are conveniently located at 380 Lexington Avenue on the corner of 42nd Street. Your privacy and comfort are a priority, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your symptoms or CBT treatment of weight loss.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Worksheet for an Overeating Episode