What Is Weight Loss Therapy? Can Weight Loss Counseling Help?
With nearly one in three Americans considered overweight, and one in five considered obese, it’s obvious that the problem isn’t as easy to fix as some fad diets and superfood manufacturers would have you believe. Obesity is a serious problem, and one that affects millions of people worldwide.
Weight loss therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a psychological therapy used to treat a multitude of problems ranging from stress to eating disorders or even obesity. While CBT isn’t a substitute for proper lifestyle decisions such as getting appropriate amounts of exercise or limiting caloric intake, it’s often used as a supplemental approach to help patients support lifestyle change.
Recently, the scientific and medical communities have begun to sing the praises of CBT for weight loss benefits. Several large profile studies have detailed the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy as a supplement to traditional diet and exercise. The studies have shown that patients using CBT in addition to diet and exercise showed more dramatic and long lasting changes to their overall body composition than those that used just diet and exercise, or just cognitive behavioral therapy.
Methods Used in Weight Loss Therapy
Weight loss therapy consists of a series of conversations and goals with a specialist in behavioral therapy as it pertains to weight loss. Initial conversations might cover the history of your lifestyle as well as goals for future body composition. In subsequent meetings, you and your therapist will set goals as well as outlining actionable steps that will help you to achieve them.
Over time, the work with your therapist will lead to weight loss that may have not been possible on your own. Both from an accountability standpoint and a nuts and bolts approach the therapy sessions will show you just what it takes in order to achieve your body image goals. Through a series of lifestyle changes, body image modification, and the setting of goals both long and short term, you’ll begin to see drastic change that may have not been possible had you gone at it alone.
After you’ve reached your initial body composition goals, the therapist will then continue to guide you on healthy lifestyle goals so that you can maintain your initial hard work. This is a process, and an on-going one. Your body will revert back to its original shape without continued effort and healthy decisions on your part.
Why Hire a Therapist?
Many who struggle with obesity have tried multiple times on their own – both guided, through programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, and unguided through diet and exercise – to shed the weight. Many come to us after multiple failed attempts in an attempt to finally shed the weight for good.
Finding a qualified therapist to aid you in your goals only accelerates the process.
In addition, therapy is vital to those who have body image issues, as do most who are struggling with additional weight. The therapist will help you set reasonable expectations, and to help you to understand just how far you’ve come, and to appreciate your body that you’ve worked so hard for.
What to Look for When Finding a Therapist
When searching for a therapist, it’s important to look for one that is the best fit for your needs. Meet with more than one therapist if they exist in your area, and choose the one that you are happiest with and that you believe will be the biggest asset in helping you lose the weight, for good.