Weight Loss

Weight Loss Psychology: Your Brain Is Holding You Back

Lesson 3

Why is it that millions of people struggle to lose weight and keep it off? Jim Keller, Obesity psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health at the WeightWise Bariatric Program in Oklahoma City believes that weight loss is a challenge because the body and brain are designed to eat.

Keller asserts that the causes of obesity are complex and composed of an intricate and complicated matrix of genetic, biological and environmental factors. 

"Shifting your mindset about how to lose weight is the biggest factor in losing weight," says NYC-based therapist Kathryn Smerling. "We can't shift our weight from the outside without realizing the correct inner resolve and intention."

Change is difficult, but what is extremely helpful is gaining insight into the process of changing behavior.

According to Dr. Howard Rankin, behavioral change expert, “for better or worse, our core, emotional values will ultimately determine our choices. Once we identify our heartfelt desires, we can use them to create a healthy lifestyle that reflects our best self. Our deepest values can be summoned to keep us on track, especially when we are facing temptations and distractions. They can also serve as our compass when we go astray” (*).

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