Often a healthy diet in a person’s life is associated with the desire to lose weight. According to statistics, a third of the population suffers from the fact that it considers the fullness of its body a serious problem. It is no secret that weight gain is not only connected with physical problems, hormonal disruption in the body, but also with the fact that human nutrition is not healthy.
Overweight leads to the development of negative emotions, causing dissatisfaction with oneself, reducing self-esteem and confidence. Sports and good nutrition give a good result – a person becomes slim – in those cases when food is a means to satisfy hunger, but not a way to “seize” unpleasant feelings or get joy and pleasure through food.
In the case when a person fails to lose weight with the help of physical activity and diet, you should think about the psychological causes of weight gain. In this article we will try to figure out what needs a person meets with food, what role in the desire to lose weight is overweight, and what is the psychology of weight loss.
What does the habit of overeating mean?
Excess weight is often associated with the inability to control the relationship with food. So, women and men notice that frequent eating of food turns into a process that does not seem to depend on them – they eat late at night, cannot force themselves to give up harmful and high-calorie foods, snacking on the go, ignore the rules of healthy eating. .
To stop the process of uncontrolled eating food or learn how to manage it, you should think about what kind of relationship a person has with food. In this case, it is important not only the development of willpower, but also the study of the relationship to food. What feelings arise in the process of eating food? What does a person want at the moment when his hand reaches for the refrigerator or products that will definitely lead to weight gain? From the point of view of the psychology of losing weight, behind these processes there are feelings that are difficult to recognize or transfer in real life.
A case from practice.
A 35-year-old woman asked for psychological help. The request for individual work was the desire to lose weight. According to the client, the main reason for the fact that she could not lose those extra pounds was the habit of eating late in the evening, the lack of compliance with the proper diet. The woman worked in a large firm, held a management position. Activity and responsibility during the working day did not allow her to overeat, she managed to control herself to refrain from junk food – she used light snacks, not harming the figure. However, upon returning home, she could not refrain from food, which provoked the appearance of extra pounds.
According to the client's stories, most of all she overeat before bedtime, could get up at night and eat well. She could not control herself at that time. Such eating behavior of a woman provoked, according to her, not at all hunger, but something else. During individual work, it was revealed that the woman lived alone, suffered from loneliness, because she did not develop close relationships with men. Most of all she wanted to have a family and children, but the work that occupied the main part of her life did not allow her to accomplish what she wanted. In the afternoon, communicating with colleagues and carrying out important projects, she felt needed and meaningful and did not need food, as if to reinforce her self-esteem. However, returning home, being completely alone, the feeling that nobody needs her and no one to talk to her was unbearable for her. The heartache that arose as a result of this, she tried to "drown out" food. During personal therapy, the woman managed to work out psychological complexes and traumas, she realized what needs she “stuck”, learned to do it in a different way. Thanks to the new behavior, she stopped overeating and the weight began to decline. After half a year of therapy, a partner and a permanent relationship appeared in her life.
Attitude to your body
To get rid of the habit of overeating, you need to think about the attitude to his own body and love for him. So, people who can not lose weight, at a psychologist's reception, understand that the reflection in the mirror causes them to disgust, unwillingness to look at themselves, irritation anger. Such an attitude towards oneself does not allow one to adhere to proper nutrition, because, unconsciously, a person does not want to care about what he does not like. In this case, the object of dislike is the body. With the help of willpower will not be able to stop the process of overeating. What to do? Seek help from a psychologist and work through the issue of uncertainty and low self-esteem. As soon as one's own body becomes perceived as a favorite object, and the person himself will act as an expensive and significant being for himself, the habit of eating everything, leading the wrong way of life will decrease. Instead, there will be a desire to take care of yourself.
Healthy food and hobbies
Learn to eat less, and you can opt out of eating with the help of a hobby, a favorite activity. To find it, you need to appeal to their desires and dreams, which may lie in deep childhood. So, when a person directs energy to the satisfaction of his deep needs — he allows himself to do what he has always dreamed of — his mind is filled with joy. He feels happy and the need to seek positive emotions in food or to constantly convey in order to feel emotionally filled, disappears by itself.
Control of nutrition and excess weight
Often, overeating is due to the fact that a person has no habit of controlling his behavior. So, he “feeds” himself with promises that proper nutrition, physical exertion will come into his life tomorrow or from next Monday. The desire to stop eating junk food or overeat remains at the level of thoughts and does not turn into actions. Such a position will not lead to real results – as long as overeating takes place, the excess weight continues to come. In order to develop internal self-control, it is useful to record all the efforts that a person makes for weight loss. This can be done in writing or in a special electronic journal. As a support, it is useful to enlist the help of a mentor, friends, close people who will have the same goal – to lose weight. It is good if there are people in the environment of a person who will also be supporters of a healthy diet. This will help to better control yourself and get positive emotions from communicating with like-minded people.
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