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Maintaining Weight Loss, Depression and Disinhibited Eating

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I have a lot of weight to lose, so its perhaps a bit premature to be thinking of maintenance, but I do think its important. I want to know what exactly works for people who are long-term successful at maintaining weight loss, because I think its part of the secret to losing it in a permanent way.
I reference the National Weight Loss Registry often but I found this blog today.

‘One of the more interesting behaviors listed was controlling depression. This means getting help in the form of therapy and/or antidepressants, if necessary. It is not a factor one usually hears about in terms of controlling weight, but it makes sense: how is a person going to make rational, healthy decisions while suffering from mental illness?’

Profound isn’t it?

Dis-inhibited Eating - I also found references to disinhibited eating. What the heck is Dis-inhibited eating? It is a term used by phsycologists for people who overeat or do emotional eating.

Some really interesting studies have been done on this topic:


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    Interesting reads. I've found keeping up on my tracking. Really KNOWING the amount of calories I put in my body. If I'm not doing physical activity that requires a 3000 cal day, I really need to be aware of the amount I am taking in.
    Depression/ Dissacoiated eating, keep close to others with the same issues. Support systems. OA is a good one. Using a twelve step program, God and support is helpful to address depression.
    Meds are tricky as many increase or decrease body weight.
    I'm not a doc so I don't know about meds.
    Working out helps with it.

    2066 days ago
    Completely agree about ow depression can create problems. Maintaining is just more of the same with a little more calories but not a lot more and keep up the exercise. You are doing a great job preparing yourself.
    2069 days ago
    The link between emotional health and physical health ( and Spiritual health for that matter) is truly compelling and makes perfect sense!

    It is all about habits and lifestyle....the weightloss is then just a symptom of what you are doing in actual fact.
    2070 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Well, I'm great at maintaining my current weight, LOL! Unfortunately, not so good at the losing part. But I hope that if I do finally find the trick that makes me lose, that will get me into habits that will help me maintain. Thanks for sharing the info though!
    2070 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Thanks for sharing, as for maintainence, as you move through your weight loss journey you will find many things that work and don't work. Keep track of those that do as they are a key to maintenance. I've maintained a 45-50lb lose for about 5 years now, and pretty much am still doing many of the things I did initally to lose the weight such as:

    emoticon eating off a smaller plate
    emoticon serving portions from the kitchen and then sitting at the table
    emoticon drinking 8 plus glasses of water
    emoticon moving/exercising
    emoticon emoticon eating more veggies/fruits

    Small steps lead to great rewards, plus we are creatures of habit so build healthy habits. Its easy and fun, or so I've found.

    Thanks for sharing the other blogs too.
    2070 days ago
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