Psychology of losing weight

Written by MARABOND on December 3, 2011

Have you noticed that when contestants on The Biggest Loser TV Program do some emotional work, and cry a lot, they shed more kilos during the week?


Well, it’s not a coincidence! By engaging their emotions they’re giving their rational decision-making that extra boost it needs, and getting the result they want.


So how does that work?

Research on dieting behaviour paints an initial gloomy picture: of all the people who intentionally try to lose weight, only around 20 per cent are able to lose just five percent of their body weight and keep that off for five years.


So just eating less and exercising more is not enough, even when you try to hold it together with willpower. In fact, the more brutal you are with yourself, the less likely you are to sustain any loss you do make.


When you think about it, it’s obvious – nobody wants to starve, and feel restricted, and go against their pleasures in life, and put their bodies though some exercises they don’t enjoy, and keep doing this until the end of their lives !!!


So what’s the secret?

Don’t worry – I’m not saying it’s a mug’s game to even think about trying to lose weight!


I am saying that success rests on three strong foundations, not just two:


• nutrition, which means good eating and drinking habits with possible needed supplements


• movement, I prefer to say movement, because most exercise is performed informally


• and awareness and good management of your emotions.



The main reason fad diets and exercise programs don’t work for most people, is that they don’t work in the most important leg of the tripod, which is the EMOTIONS.


It’s a truism that changing a habit for life is an emotional journey. Short sharp shocks are not sustainable. You need to discover your real motivation – find the right buttons to press – and then work at integrating the change into your subconscious so that it becomes automatic.



When you wake up, you don’t consciously think: ‘I am going to take two minutes to brush my teeth’. Most of us just do it without thinking about it. So wouldn’t it be good to choose healthy foods and move our bodies without even thinking about it? To make what’s good for us automatic, not some distant, unattainable goal we have to think about all the time?


And it CAN be done!

Yes it can – though it’s not a quick fix. (Nothing worthwhile ever is, is it?) Shifting the mind from ‘restrictions’ to ‘delicious choices’ can be difficult, otherwise we wouldn’t have this epidemic obesity we’re experiencing today. But with real one to one coaching to remove stress around eating and self-sabotaging thoughts and beliefs, and some nutrition counselling, it’s something you can achieve.


Some people may need deep level psychotherapy to deal with emotions attached to food, due to past traumas and family of origin issues, but for most people, it is very beneficial working with a qualified wellness coach, for some sessions to find their real motivation, an inspiring health vision broken into achievable goals, and work though the strategies to achieve these goals, building new thoughts and beliefs around health, and lastly implementing sustainable habits to stick with them for life ! ! !


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  5. I didn’t know that emotions played a big part on losing weight and keeping it down. This article shares some interesting new information.
    To be honest I always thought it was more about eating well and in moderation and exercising, which has always worked fine for me. I weight the same as when I was 18, but I guess I am part of the minority.
    A lot of people struggle with their weight and they need to be aware of all different techniques that might help them.
    It makes a lot of sense to treat the psychological side and then see the positive effects in the physical side.
    Thank you.

    By Luciana on Oct 15, 2012

  6. Very good article…I just starting to think than I need help to lose weight that I put during my pregnancy…

    By Glaucia Sandim on Oct 15, 2012

  7. This is awesome!

    By Veronica on Mar 29, 2013

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