Researchers in psychology and behaviour have concluded that the problem of obesity is complex and that people suffering from obesity should be treated in the same manner as for alcoholism or drug addiction.
Weight gain is not a mysterious illness affecting unlucky people; it’s a complex, serious disorder that arises when people make the wrong choices either through ignorance or emotional compensation.
The health professional’s challenge is to have patients take responsibility for their own well-being.
Take Charge of Your Health
As long as you keep deluding yourself with thoughts such as « I should go on a diet », « I have heard of a new surefire diet that I should try », I will try that new medication » or « Food combining must be the key to success », you will fail.
When you find solutions that are outside yourself (diets, natural products, drugs, etc.), you will attribute all your success to a method or third party.
To lose weight and keep it off, you must look within yourself and change your habits, and, above all, your attitude, that is your perception of food and eating pattern.
Resistance to Change
We use three effective methods to avoid facing reality: negation, avoidance and manipulation.
Resistance to change is dictated by fear.
Negation involves refusing to recognize the problem and the resulting negative feelings. « I’m not that fat, » « I’m in good health, » « Eating’s my only pleasure in life. »
Avoidance and manipulation prevent other people (spouse, friends, your physician) from confronting you and penetrating your negation. « My doctor says I’m in excellent health, » « I don’t eat anymore than the next person, » « I’m always on the move during the day. »
Be Prepared to Change
How does a person suddenly find the strength and courage to face his/her emotions and solve his/her problem once and for all?
There are as many answers to this question as there are people. It’s usually only when a person has reached rock bottom that the suffering becomes too much to bear. At times, change begins after a spouse’s disparaging remarks or the fact of no longer being able to carry out an everyday task.
We are a team
Many of my patients were successful in losing weight after having read my book Be Thin Through Motivation. They saw themselves in other people with the same problem. The assessment of Mental Weight® program and mental blocks by Victor and Eloise (computer programs) respectively has helped many people to identify the causes of their problems and to solve them once and for all.
You alone are fully responsible for your success. However, with help and the motivational tools that you need, you will succeed where you have failed before. You are not alone with your problem. Do not hesitate, especially when things are going bad, to contact your motivational counselor and physician who sincerely wish to help you find the happiness you deserve.
Remember: We are a team.