If you’ve seen any obesity statistics lately, you’re almost certain to be alarmed. Over one-third of all American adults are obese, and the epidemic shows no signs of improving, despite so many dieters trying to lose weight. Weight loss seems like it should be a pretty easy thing to accomplish: you eat a little less and you move a little more. So why can’t so many of us shed the pounds for good? If you’re struggling to lose weight, seeing a psychologist may prove as beneficial or even more so as seeing a nutritionist or dietitian. Psychologist Paul Rozin of the University of Pennsylvania has been studying the issue for years, and he’s shared his research at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.
Prof. Paul Rozin has pointed out that willpower remains a dominant trend amongst weight loss diets in America, even though unfortunately, dieters who rely on willpower to lose weight are likely to fail to achieve their goals. Instead, Rozin suggests, it’s also important to look at other psychological and environmental factors. Studies have shown that people can actually become addicted to food, and underlying emotional issues need to be addressed first for successful weight loss. Environmental factors are also key. As Dr. Gullo has pointed out in his work, many people will polish off their plates, even if they are full long before the meal is completely eaten. For successful weight loss, I recommend taking small steps—they really do add up over time! Trick your brain by eating low-calorie, high-volume foods instead of calorie-dense junk food.