Why Do I Need Counseling To Lose Weight?

How many times have you asked yourself the question, “Why Can’t I Lose Weight?” You know what to do right? You’ve done every diet under the sun. You have counted points. You have counted calories. You have even counted carbs. You have bought every pill that promises to lose belly fat or eliminate your appetite. You have joined gym after gym or bought equipment to use at home. Yet, you continue to struggle with your weight. You end up feeling helpless, hopeless and defeated. You might ask yourself how counseling fits into the picture. According to the American Psychological Association’s study on weight management, emotional eating is the biggest barrier to weight management for at least 44% of the people surveyed. I actually think it is higher than than that. Most people don’t consider eating out of boredom or mindless eating emotional, but at the root, they do stem from the need to soothe emotions. Many people start to feel like a failure when they have gone through the weight loss process a few times because most people gain back what they lose. You start to feel very discouraged and because you don’t believe you are able to be successful, you begin to sabotage your efforts. There is also a HUGE emotional component to weight loss in terms of body image. We internalize messages about our bodies early on. We believe that if we don’t look like the latest celebrity on a magazine (all airbrushed, by the way!) then there is no point in putting in the effort to get to a healthy weight because we believe that we must be perfect or we are a failure. These are exactly the beliefs and patterns that we target with clients.

Salt Lake Weight Counseling will help you:

  • Stop beating yourself up
  • End the battle with food to stop seeing it as a friend or enemy
  • Start enjoying food without shame and guilt
  • Challenge perfectionism
  • Develop confidence and improve self-esteem

Counseling isn’t a quick fix, but the quick fixes out there don’t seem to be working anyway! Through this process, most people lose weight because they finally stop sabotaging their efforts. They start believing that they deserve to be happy and the rest tends to fall into place. This journey can be scary. You don’t have to do it alone!

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Weber State University and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has been working in the mental health field since 2001.

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