Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Why do we struggle with staying on a healthy diet that works? It's complicated, because we are complicated. It is not just about calories in calories out, It is not just about the type of food you eat. It is not just about how much exercise that you do. These are all true, but there is another factor that is not addressed. It is the psychology of eating. Why do we eat? Why do we "want" top stay fat? How does it serves us? Doctors have prescribed diet pills, performed lap band surgeries, etc. These address some of the symptoms, but do not deal with the underlying causes. I am reading Broken Brains or Wounded Hearts by Ty C. Colbert, Ph.D. and his book suggest some answers. Like the smoker, the alcoholic or the drug user, we are self medicating to deal with the past pains that we have experienced to suppress the hurt feelings. Our self esteem has been destroyed and we don't feel worthy, so why should we care about being healthy and doing the right things. Perhaps this is why our New Year's Resolutions or the hot new diet only last a little while, perhaps long enough to lose all of the weight that we wished for, but we drift back into old habit patterns. What is the answer for this psychological component of health and weight loss? I don't have THE answer, I'm just working it our for myself. I think that we all have to find our unique solution to our particular reasons for not being as successful in this area as we think that we should. What do you think?