Big Girls Don’t Cry!
Let’s face it. As women we are emotional beings. Granted, some of us are more emotional than others (I’ve been known to lose all composure after a minute of those ASPCA commercials with Sarah McLaughlin, I will admit) The point is, a lot of us let emotions run our day but, how would you FEEL if I told you that your emotions are hindering your weight loss success? Try to stay calm.
According to a new survey of psychologists, emotions play a huge role when it comes to losing or maintaining weight. The survey of more than 1,300 licensed psychologists, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, claims that understanding behaviors and emotions related to weight management is key to weight loss.
In general, having a relapse in weight loss causes a range of emotions. Overeating leads to guilt, and shame which in turn leads to more eating — it’s a rather endless cycle.
So what’s a big girl to do?
LEARN TO COPE
More than 70 percent of psychologists who provide weight loss treatment identified key treatments for addressing our smorgasbord of emotions.
1. Cognitive Therapy to isolate the thoughts or feelings that can sabotage weight loss
2. Problem-solving to overcome obstacles such as a lack of motivation
3. Mindfulness to use strategies in order to allow thoughts and emotions to come and go without judging them — In other words, instead of feeling like a failure for being unable to stick with a food plan, be able to address your emotions and move past them.
Overall, it’s important to understand how your emotions are hindering your weight loss journey!