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The Psychology of Weight Management


As mentioned before, weight management is more than just about dieting. It also uses proven methods that address the psychological aspects of eating disorders and how to overcome them. Nutritionists and counselors in this area have tools at their disposal to include:

  • Medications when appropriate
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Support Groups

When necessary, medications may be in order to combat excessive weight. However, today, medications are safe compared to older diet prescriptions that were dangerous for the cardiac system. Medications to treat mental disorders such as anxiety and depression are also used if the person’s eating disorder stems from them.

Then there is CBT which focuses on changing behaviors that lead to out of control weight conditions. Patients in the program learn about keeping diaries and recording what they ate as well as what triggered them to eat what they did. CBT also works to change any negative attitudes associated with going through a weight management program.

Support groups have been recognized as effective in other areas that seek to change behavior. For example, Alcoholics Anonymous has been an icon in getting those struggling with alcohol addiction together in a group setting where they can learn from each other as well as the facilitator.

The Psychology of Weight Management

Weight management promotes the same approach with support groups for those struggling with weight issues and eating disorders. In these groups, they are given helpful instruction that they can take away and apply to their daily lives. They are also among others who have the same struggles and they can learn from one another as well as make new friends.

If you believe that you could benefit from a structured weight management program, locate a hospital or nutrition center that runs one. It is a way to gradually reach your optimum weight and learn new lifestyle behaviors to keep it there.

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