Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) February 27, 2010
What do cocaine addicts and overeaters have in common? Recent medical studies have found that cocaine addicts and overeaters have something in common: unusual brain scans. Researchers discovered that the areas of the brain that “light up” (i.e. are activated) in cocaine addicts are the same as the ones in overeaters, which goes to show that being obese is more complicated than just having a few extra pounds. More importantly, this study shows that one of the key ingredients to a successful weight loss program is understanding the psychology behind overeating and including measures to ensure that overeaters and food addicts can retrain their brain to “think thin.”
“Feeling unable to lose unwanted weight is truly tragic,” says Gary Grossman, Ph.D., a personal development and wellness coach who has previously worked with addicts. He is founder of the weight loss and keep it off program, “You Didn’t Get Fat From Breathing!” “Every person who wants to have a healthy waistline in the United States should have one…but this won’t happen if they can’t get through the weight loss process. By knowing and implementing six tricks to losing weight, anyone can have a happier and healthier self image.”
Want to lose weight? Dr. Grossman, Ph.D, or commonly known as “Dr. IWannaWanna,” suggests following these six guidelines to choosing the right program and to finally making a weight loss program work.
Tip 1: Be an Informed Consumer
Be aware of the gimmicks and short term ploys sold by hucksters ready to fool the desperate. Many weight loss programs offer more than they can give, such as “Lose 50 pounds in just 10 days!” If the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater though; hiring a coach can be a very effective way to lose weight and become healthy.
Tip 2: Be Honest
There is a “truth.” According to Dr. Grossman, one of the key steps to weight loss is being responsible for “what you eat, how you exercise, and how you relieve stress.” Losing weight is a partnership, and paying attention to personal habits can really pay off. By honestly assessing one’s habits and tendencies, dieters will acquire the tools necessary to overcome poor eating patterns and to replace them with healthy ones.
Tip 3: Losing Weight Can Be “Fun”
It is possible to lose weight without depriving oneself. Many people falsely believe that losing weight is akin to eating rice cakes and water. However, losing weight can be enjoyable given the right approach.
Tip 4: Develop Personalized Weight Loss Goals
Personalized weight loss targets melt fat away. Having goals is good, but having the right goals is even better. Hitting personalized targets, and not someone else’s mandates, will make the pounds drop off.
Tip 5: Avoid “Crash (and Burn)” Diets
Many Americans are still unhappy with their weight loss diet months after they’ve begun it. While there are many “crash” diets out there and while many of these are successful initially, most are not successful in the long run. Crash diets, or more aptly, “crash and burn” diets in many ways ensure failure by basing themselves on unsustainable methods. When looking for a weight loss program, make sure the program is something that will work long term. After all, the goal of losing weight is not just losing it, but keeping it off.
Tip 6: Give Fast Food a Break
Many people have tried, often unsuccessfully, to sue fast food companies for their obesity. While fast food companies may contribute to the obesity epidemic, they cannot be held solely responsible for it. Part of losing weight is assessing personal responsibility, not assigning blame. Companies sell products that people want. If people don’t want those products, companies won’t sell them because they would lose money. As Dr. Grossman humorously notes, “I never met a supersized anything that ate me.” By evaluating why eating fast food is so appealing on a personal level, it will be possible to find ways to stop eating it and to discover equally pleasing and healthy alternatives.
By following these six guidelines, Dr. Grossman believes that anyone can find a weight loss program that works for them.
Gary S. Grossman, Ph.D., is a dedicated personal development and wellness coach. His passion for life and his desire to help others find happiness led him to be a founding partner of several clinics, including The Center for Psychological Services; Rediscovery, an outpatient cocaine treatment program; and the mind/body stress reduction clinic, Time for Me. Dr. Grossman coaches people from all walks of life on how to achieve their life and weight loss goals.