Psychology of Weight Loss

While many people fight to lose weight most of the attention is focused on the physical aspect of weight loss, dieting and eating right. While these are important aspects of weight loss the psychological side should not be ignored, stress, depression, grief and many other psychological issues can contribute to weight gain and the fight to keep it off. For those who struggle with binge or emotional eating there may be another solution instead of regular dieting: Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Therapy was developed by Psychologist Dr. Jean Kristeller, a professor at Indiana State University. For 20 years, Dr. Kristeller has studied the bond between psychological variables, illness, and health. The result of this study is a mindfulness approach to eating called Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-Eat). This approach has been studied through a 1.8 Million dollar grant from the National Institute of Health at the University of Indiana, Duke University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The research demonstrates that mindfulness mediation can help individual’s self-regulate eating behavior, lose weight, and maintain their results.

Mindful eating is a very simple approach to living that is not about depriving yourself or overindulging yourself. With most diet programs, the more one struggles to lose weight the harder it becomes to lose weight. Most diet plans center on the few foods that you are allowed to have which in turn creates a sense of deprivation. Both overeating and diets tend to focus on the obtaining and eating food, rather than enjoying and experiencing it. When we sacrifice what our food has to offer for the temporary satisfaction of eating, the food we crave is not fully enjoyed. This eating behavior that is so well learned that we continue on the diet and indulgence treadmill, experiencing shame, blame and guilt, promoting the very behavior we want to change.

If you would like to take a new approach to weight loss you can read the study here

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