Remember back in January when you made that resolution? The resolution that this year was the year that you were going to get healthy! You were going to eat right and exercise! Maybe you made it a few weeks or even a few months….Maybe you found a new diet that you were able to stick to for a while. For those 1st few weeks you thought “this is easy! I can do this!”, only to return to your old habits, feeling dejected….like a failure. Now you are “thinking why can’t I do it?….It’s easy for other people” and “I really WANT to be fit and healthy! I know what to do!….why can’t I make healthy choices?”
Have you tried many times to lose weight and keep it off? Are you sick of fad diets? Are you overwhelmed by the copious amounts of weight loss information? You are not alone. Most dieters have tried over and over again to reach their weight loss goals with poor and disappointing results. Why? Because they have never learned how to “think” about food in an appropriate and healthy way. This workshop, based on the “Beck Diet Solution”, is a cognitive-behavioral approach to dieting. This is different because it focuses on the psychological factors that cause weight gain and obesity.
Recently, I went to a brunch where the guest speaker was Dr. Therese Mulvey: A medical oncologist and director of the Breast Center at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center. She was a lively and entertaining speaker, and it was an extremely informative talk. There were many charts and graphs illustrating the risk factors and the benefits of early detection and mammograms. One statistic, however, stood out from all the others.
THE FACT THAT BEING OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE WAS THE GREATEST RISK FACTOR FOR GETTING BREAST CANCER.
If I were to ask you “Why do you want to lose weight and get healthy?” You could probably rattle off a few reasons: “I want to live longer”, “I want to have more energy”, “I want to look better”, etc., etc. But, how many of those reasons come to mind when you’re staring down a piece of birthday cake or a plate of your favorite pasta dish? I’m going to guess 0!! Wouldn’t it be easier to make healthy choices if those reasons popped into your head when unhealthy options were right in front of you?