Despite the fact that there are a lot of effective means and methods for weight loss today, overweight remains one of the most pressing problems for many people.
This can be explained by the fact that most ways and means for weight normalization eliminate consequences, rather than cause led to weight gain. However, even the most radical ways to combat excess weight do not provide a lasting effect if obesity therapy is not aimed at elimination of the root cause.
Meanwhile, psychotherapy has many modern and effective approaches and methods that can help a person to get rid of overeating and excess weight forever.
Psychotherapy gives the most stable results of transformation of the person’s appearance, since the root cause of overweight is most often overeating and unhealthy eating habits.
Unhealthy eating habits include:
Consumption of large amount of fatty or sweet food.
Eating habits, sedentary and inactive way of life are established type of people’s behavior and affect their weight.
Psychological factor is one of the main causes contributing to violation of eating behavior and occurrence of excess weight. Therefore, sessions with a psychologist are some of the main components of obesity therapy caused by psychogenic risk factors.In eating disorders and alimentary obesity, weight loss programs begin with a detailed conversation about taste and food preferences.Various psychotherapeutic approaches can be used when treating alimentary obesity. However, choice of a specific psychotherapeutic method or technique depends on many factors. One of such factors is clinical picture of the disease and the patient’s personality characteristics.
A detailed conversation about taste preferences and nature of nutrition is conducted with the patient. Such conversation helps to establish a contact and trust relationships between the patient and the therapist.One of the first topics that is touched upon in psychotherapeutic sessions is the person’s ability to self-control.The patient can be offered to keep a diary in which he needs to record a place and time of food intake, as well as thoughts and feelings related to food. The number of calories consumed and duration of physical activities should also be recorded in this diary.
The therapist identifies the moments contributing to obesity progression and helps the patient prevent possible failures. Systematic keeping of the diary gradually accustoms the person to self-control.
Since one of the goals of obesity psychotherapy is a change of usual diet, the patient should learn to control his mood and irritability.
- The following consultations are aimed at restoration of emotional balance and getting rid of increased irritability.
It is known that mood deteriorates; fatigue and outbursts of aggression appear in the patients in food restriction. Decrease in the amount of food consumed causes stress in most obese people.
In order to calm down, one can completely dispense with a habit comfort eating. In stressful situations, self-control and management of your emotions will help the patient to cope with stress independently.
Sessions of psychotherapy teach the person to take responsibility for his actions and failures that results in abandonment of the habit comfort eating.
- In the future, the psychotherapist helps the person to recognize the causes of excess weight and focus on formation of new, more correct eating habits.
A professional psychologist motivates the patient to exercise, supports him in case of failure, marks successes, and helps to increase self-esteem and self-confidence.
In addition, psychotherapeutic methods help obese patients to cope with depression, anxiety and discomfort, caused by overweight or obesity.During psychotherapy, many patients acquire skills of equitable communication with other people and learn to prevent and resolve interpersonal conflicts.Sessions of weight psycho-correction are especially necessary for people who find it difficult to rebuild their way of life and motivate themselves to lose weight. Today, there are various methods of psychological correction and support of patients with obesity.
Depending on the patient’s psychological type, the psychotherapist can choose the following weight loss methods:
All these methods help the patient to form skills of self-weight control and to maintain a diet and change the lifestyle.