We've all heard it a million times: In order to lose weight, just burn more calories than you consume. Only one in five dieters are successful at losing—and keeping off—10 percent of their body weight, according to the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR).
You're battling your biology—your body reacts to dieting by burning fewer calories—as well as your emotions and your environment, where there are way too many temptations.
A cognitive-behavioral therapist can help you identify your triggers for overeating, teach you strategies for managing stress and give you insight into how psychological issues, like depression, anxiety or low self-esteem, might be affecting your diet.
Studies that have looked at using CBT in people with binge-eating disorder have found that about 50 percent are able to get it under control.
If you struggle with emotional eating or have other issues, like depression, anxiety or a history of disordered eating, a mental health professional is a good choice.
Good spa programs have a daily exercise component, healthy food and lots of education about diet and exercise, so you learn strategies to use once you leave.
We see average weight loss of more than 10 percent in those who do our six-month programs.
Each approach has its benefits and drawbacks.
We tend to see people who are at their wit's end—they've tried a number of diets and are severely overweight.
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