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Lose Weight with Dr. Phil

Lose weight the realistic way

To lose weight with Dr. Phil, you must be ready to change your thinking and your life. There is truly only one way to lose weight and keep it off. The old-fashioned way. You must establish a totally comprehensive approach, including critiquing and being willing to change your lifestyle, nutritional habits, thinking processes and probably, yes, do the unimaginable, exercise. This is not meant to discourage anyone. There is probably nothing more important than health. And for many Americans, to attain optimum health would mean to lose weight, and to change the way that you may live. Currently in the U.S. 34% of adults are considered overweight, and an additional 31 % are obese. About 45 % of women and 25 % of men are trying to lose weight at any given time, but only one-fifth are using the recommended combination of fewer calories and increased exercise. (Sources: AHA, NIH, CDC, NHNES)


Lose weight the “Dr. Phil” way:

As a fellow psychologist, with a lifelong interest in health and fitness (Ph.D Candidate - Health Psychology), I was really quite pleased when reading the actual components of Dr. Phil’s plan to lose weight. I would genuinely recommend it to anyone. It is not easy. But, as with most things in life, some of the more difficult things are also the most worthwhile. His plan and my recommendation, is to take a comprehensive mind and body approach to optimum health and weight loss. He describes seven “keys” to effectively lose weight, which must be permanently incorporated into your lifestyle:

(1) Right Thinking: That you must consider what you are currently telling yourself in terms of self-image and ability to lose weight, and you may have to replace it with more positive, success- oriented thinking.

(2) Healing Feelings: You may have to pay attention to the emotionality behind eating, and consider feelings such as sadness, loneliness, anxiety and other unproductive emotions, which may underlie unhealthy eating habits.

(3) A No-Fail Environment: You can’t eat what isn’t there. You may need to establish an environment that reduces temptation and the opportunity for failure.

(4) Mastery Over Food and Impulse Eating: You must find ways to reduce impulse eating. This is all about habits and behaviors, not “eating to survive“.

(5) High-Response Cost, High-Yield Nutrition: Foods that take more time to prepare are generally healthier for you. Raw vegetables and meats which need to be cooked, are much healthier than prepared foods and those with large dosages of salt and sugar. Intentional Exercise: Obviously, you need to intentionally increase your activity level through regular exercise.

(7) Your Circle of Support: You may need to develop a supportive circle of friends who are not undermining you or directing you away from your goals.

Overall, his recommendations are just “good common sense.” “Easy solutions” are never the “best solutions” when it comes to weight loss. - Just the perspective of another psychologist……

By Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist  

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