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Weight Loss & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Psychological approaches to weight loss mainly come under the heading "Cognitive-Behavior Therapy" (often abbreviated as CBT). CBT consists of a combination of techniques that seek to modify an overweight person's thoughts and behaviors as they relate to their weight problem - how to deal with weight management, eating and exercise.

Overweight & Negative Thoughts
Negative thoughts and behaviors that lead to over eating and weight gain do not just happen automatically but are the result of earlier learning and life experiences. Through CBT, new thoughts and behaviors can be learned so that over time, these healthier thoughts and behaviors become integrated into a person's life, in turn promoting weight loss and / or long-term maintenance of weight loss.

Overweight - Cognitive Therapy
The "cognitive" part refers to how people think about themselves, situations, their environment and their body weight. The idea here is to first become aware of these maladaptive thoughts and then learn to replace them with more encouraging statements. For instance, an overweight person may be saying to him or herself "It is no use. I am destined to be fat and overweight."

Overweight - Behavior Therapy
The "behavior" part refers to exactly that - those things that are related to behavior. For instance, it may be customary in some families to eat high calorie snacks for high fat fast food in front of the television - or for someone to reach for fatty foods when under stress.

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