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Lose Weight and Keep It Off—For Good!

September 21, 2016 | Rachel Velishek, LPCC


Lose_Weight.jpgSomewhere along the way, we got this “diet” thing all wrong.

Nowadays, when we hear diet, we think deprivation. Calorie counting. Cleanses. Programs. Being hungry.

In reality, the word diet comes from the Greek word diaita, which means simply manner of living.

There’s a vast difference between starving yourself for a month to lose 5 pounds and teaching yourself a manner of living that is healthy and satisfying and makes you feel great.

Interested in learning more? Join us on Friday, Sept. 30 for “How to Lose Weight—and Keep It Off For Good.” This free weight loss seminar features Deborah Beck Busis, Director of Beck Diet Programs for the Beck Institute. The event will be held at St. Paul Convocation Center in Norwalk, Ohio, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The seminar seeks to answer one very important question: Why do so many people have trouble losing weight and keeping it off?

And the answer, according to the Beck Institute, is that we have not “trained our brain.” We have not learned to change our thinking and behavior in a way that promotes long-term health and wellness.

This seminar will teach you to:

  • Motivate yourself every day and develop healthy eating habits
  • Manage hunger, cravings and emotional eating
  • Deal with a sense of discouragement and deprivation, as well as a lack of motivation and feelings of being overburdened
  • Get back on track when you stray from your eating plan
  • Develop plans for common diet traps, including stress, holiday, travel, food pushers and family problems
  • Plan for the “long haul” in maintaining your weight

Cognitive Therapy for Weight Loss was developed by Judith Beck of the Philadelphia-based Beck Institute. It is based on the traditional Cognitive Behavioral Principles to which I strongly support. The Beck Diet Solution encourages individuals to plan what they will eat; schedule their day to include food shopping and mealtimes; arrange the environment to support weight loss and plan for “high-risk” situations, such as birthday parties or a wedding reception. The Beck program also advocates daily reading of written weight loss goal cards and dealing with counterproductive thoughts about food.

In one Swedish study, the group of random individuals to receive cognitive therapy lost more weight and kept it off over an observed 18-month period, while others in the study gained weight over the same period.

This isn’t another diet. This is your life.

Begin to believe in yourself. If you go into a situation thinking you are going to fail (again!) then you’ve already significantly reduced your odds of success. If you get off track, get right back on. People make mistakes; it is OK. The important part is to minimize the damage and get back on the plan as quick as possible.

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