Fighting Back Against Emotional Weight Loss Barriers

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is essential to overall wellness. If you’re struggling with losing weight in California, it’s vital to realize what emotional barriers may be blocking your progress. Obesity increases your risk of arthritis, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many other health problems but despite this, most people struggle to lose weight or keep it off. Here are some emotional barriers to be aware of while setting your weight loss objectives:

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Missing Goals

When setting weight loss goals, it’s important to make them achievable and sustainable. People who reach a goal that they set for themselves are more likely to keep off the lost weight than those who fail to meet their aims. This is likely because people view what success they do have as a failure instead of a step toward their goal. You should consider any amount of healthy weight loss as a win and feel positive about your progress.

Eating Habits

A common pitfall people face after losing weight is a regression into old eating habits. This typically happens after a particularly stressful situation that prompts the individual to turn to food for comfort and distraction, just as they did before losing weight. If you’re an emotional eater, addressing these impulses is vital to your long-term weight loss success. For others, a lack of impulse control makes them more likely to regain the weight that they lost while on a healthy diet plan.

Depression and Body Image

Researchers realize that there is a link between depression and obesity, but which causes the other isn’t always clear. It’s been shown that individuals with higher depression baseline scores are more likely to drop out of a weight loss program, and it’s common for people who regain weight to have depressive symptoms. Research has also shown that poor body image can affect a person’s weight loss success and their ability to keep the weight off long-term. Speaking with a therapist or joining a weight loss support group can help you identify and understand your emotional weight loss barriers.
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*Specific results are not guaranteed and are a result of the individual customized weight loss plan for each patient, along with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes.