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Types of Weight Loss Therapy

Jul 28, 2011 4:40:38 PM / by staff

For many people, weight loss is a struggle both physically and mentally. Weight loss therapy can help with these struggles to assist people to lose weight and keep the unhealthy pounds off. Support groups, behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic approaches are all options that individuals can pursue to support their weight loss goals.

  • Support Groups - Whether to obtain support for a chronic illness, anti-aging efforts, or a weight loss goal, support groups in Rochester Hills not only bring together people in a similar boat, but also provide a sense of community. Weight loss support group members can discuss successful techniques, celebrate goals, and sympathize with each other’s weight loss roadblocks. Many professional weight loss programs incorporate support groups into their treatment programs.
  • Behavioral Therapy - Behavioral therapy strives to get to the bottom of the thought process that corresponds with weight gain or weight loss. Physiologists and psychotherapists work with patients who are trying to lose weight to identify reasons for overeating and weight gain, such as stress or underlying relationship issues. Included in behavioral therapy is cognitive restructuring, which involves taking unrealistic assumptions and false beliefs and turning them around into positive and constructive thoughts and behaviors.
  • Psychodynamic Therapy - The psychodynamic therapy approach digs into a person's history to see if there was a trigger in the person's past that caused the weight gain. For instance, overeating may stem back to damaged self-esteem during adolescence. In some people, self-esteem and ego issues are fed through food rather than emotional support from friends or family, according to psychodynamic theory. By bringing past issues to light -- and working through them -- patients can overcome ingrained bad eating habits and be more successful with their weight loss goals.

 

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