NYC Weight Loss
New York City does not make weight loss easy. Great food and restaurants everywhere makes gaining weight easy. Entertaining for work, alcohol, competitive work environments, and stress all compound to whittle away at your willpower—making dieting tough.
You have probably lost weight in the past. Losing weight, while challenging, isn’t the toughest part. The hardest part is keeping it off. Maintaining weight loss is the real goal for most people. There are plenty of strategies and maybe even some products that can get you rapid weight loss. But unless you just need weight loss for a photo shoot or a wedding, you will likely gain those pounds back or even more, and be left feeling worse than you did before.
You are not alone. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. There is no question that it is a common problem. What that tells us is that there are many factors working against us. We need to determine what factors can work for us. Most likely what has worked in the past to lose the weight isn’t right or isn’t enough if you have regained weight.
Weight Gain Causes
What causes us to gain weight? The simple answer is taking in more calories than we burn—that is obvious. But what factors put us at risk for that:
• Tempting foods we see and smell
• How we were raised around food
• Using food to medicate ourselves or manage stress or emotions
• Our genetics
• Underestimating calories in foods
• Overestimating calories burned by exercise
Weight Loss Treatment
Weight loss options in New York City are limitless. You can find everything from shakes delivered to your door to magnets put on your ears as weight loss treatments.
What you want to be sure to ask anyone who is offering the service is for the evidence that their weight loss treatment works. Because unfortunately, science tells us that maintaining weight loss is not very easy or common. You want to be sure whoever you are working with is someone you can trust and knows how to help you lose weight and keep it off.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Weight Loss
CBT can effectively help people lose and maintain that weight loss. To be clear, even CBT is no guarantee the weight will stay off. But there are important reasons to understand how CBT could help you if it is an option you want to consider.
Since there are many risks associated with excessive weight and there are even dangers associated with losing too much weight too fast, it is important to work closely with your physician, while working with a CBT therapist that you trust.
Before starting weight loss treatment, be sure to determine if this is the right time. Since 90% of people who lose weight regain it within one year, you want to be sure this is the right time. Unfortunately, if you lose 20 pounds and then regain 20 pounds, you don’t go back to the exact same body. Your weight will be the same, but your metabolism won’t.
When you lose weight and regain weight, you lose and regain percentages of muscle and fat. And these ratios are not typically the same when we lose and regain. So, you may return to the same weight, but you will now have more fat and less muscle on your body. And that means your metabolism is now lower than it was before your successful weight loss.
The impact—if you eat the same amount of food you did before, you will now gain weight instead of staying at the same weight. You would have been better off never having lost weight in the first place.
Weight Loss Therapy
Understanding what you can do to change the ratios of muscle loss when losing weight is just one factor you and a CBT therapist or other professional need to consider. Recognizing the role that habits, emotions, thinking, and other people play in triggering overeating or mindless eating is also critical.
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Weight loss is a common goal for all Americans. It is even something that many people have done successfully- for a time. But the data indicate that most people who lose weight regain it, and some times even additional weight.
Many people have an extensive knowledge of nutrition and are very experienced with physical exercise. While those two domains are critical to weight loss and maintenance, most of us have discovered that knowledge in these areas are not adequate to successfully maintain a significant weight loss. There are numerous reasons for this, depending on each individual’s unique circumstances.
It is unlikely that the primary cause is not knowing what wonder supplement or new exercise trend to embrace. Typically there are emotional and psychological mechanisms that prevent people from maintaining long-term motivation and compliance with their nutritional and physical activity targets. That is where an effective, experienced clinician may be able to help. Through careful analysis of the emotional, relationship, cognitive, and behavioral domains we identify the mechanisms responsible for the behaviors that lead to weight gain. We work to eliminate the suffering caused from self-blame and establish lifestyle changes that promote health and greater life satisfaction. Maintaining a significant weight loss is possible. Perhaps more important, many clients become more accepting and satisfied with themselves and their lives, not because of the weight loss, but through the therapy process.