Psychiatrist Suggests Key to Weight Loss May be a Group Effort

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Psychiatrist, Dr. Anthony J. Burlay, says one of the easiest ways to help ensure a successful diet attempt is to enlist the help of a group. Depending upon the relationship to the group, dieters may be more likely to make a lifestyle change which helps them keep off their unwanted pounds.

Psychiatrist, Dr. Anthony J. Burlay, says one of the easiest ways to help ensure a successful diet attempt is to enlist the help of a group. Dr. Burlay’s observations show those attempting weight loss in a group setting are significantly more likely to attain their weight loss goals and, depending upon the relationship to the group, may be more likely to make a lifestyle change which helps them keep off their unwanted pounds.

Those dieters that enlist the assistance of family and close friends have the best chance of success. “Interestingly, even if family and friends are not dieting, if they are fully informed of the dieter’s plans and well aware of their goals, they can still be a source of great support for the dieter and almost as effective as if they themselves are on the diet,” says Dr. Burlay.

“Many Americans spend more time with co-workers then with their family, sometimes eating two to three meals or snacks surrounded by co-workers,” Dr. Burlay says. The support of co-workers, especially in an environment of pot luck or company catered lunches, office celebrations, and meetings over meals can have a significant impact on daily food choices. “Surrounding yourself with co-workers who have similar goals with regard to weight loss is very helpful to those in social work environments,” he says.

Internet groups also make Dr. Burlay’s list of recommended support systems. “There are many dieters who use the interaction of like-minded dieting groups of internet blogs and message boards either as a supplement to the support of those physically around them, or as their sole source of assistance,” says Dr. Burlay. Those who use the internet as their main source of support may not fair quite as well as those with supportive family around them, but any help is better than none says Dr. Burlay. For some personalities and for those who do not wish to share their dieting experience with those around them, internet support may be more effective then any live human interaction. The difficulty, Dr. Burlay says, is that often with friends, family, and co-workers, someone is there when you have an urge to cheat. For many, Internet support is only available at home or work. In those instances, the messages boards often serve as encouragement to try again next time.

Interaction and support with those that will be around in the future also helps to ensure a dieter will continue their diet and make a permanent lifestyle change. “Peer pressure can encourage positive behavior. In this case, family encouraging a dieter to keep their pounds off can be all that is needed to help the dieter do just that,” says Dr. Burlay.

The bottom line– whichever mechanism of support you choose, you could be significantly increasing your chances of losing that extra weight.

About Anthony J. Burlay, M.D.

Anthony J. Burlay, M.D. is the author of “The Foundation Diet: Your Body Was Designed to Eat,” (Zen-Fusion Publishing, $22.95) available at Amazon.com and major booksellers. He attended medical school completed his Psychiatric Residency at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and is Board certified in General and Addictions Psychiatry. He lost, and kept off over 50 pounds following “The Foundation Diet.” More information is available at http://www.FoundationDiet.com.

Media: Press Kit, EPK, photos, and review copy information can be found at http://www.foundationdiet.com/media.htm. Dr. Burlay is available for interviews.

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