For the past few months, I have been looking at weight loss programs. I have been researching weight loss programs because many of my patients come in and ask me about what would be the best one for them. Some diets suggest that you should not eat carbohydrates. Others say you can eat them. Some diets tell us to go on a liquid diet. There are also other diets that tell us to fast. The list of diets are endless, and I believe that they all miss the point. Yes, losing weight is a priority but the issue that I deal with is how do I keep the weight off after I lose it? I have been on several diets in my lifetime, and I have lost weight successfully but have failed to keep it off.
When I look back at my patterns, I begin to acknowledge my feelings about food. I have this need to use food as comfort and a stress reliever. I look at food as a way to checkout of my life and divert my attention from the things I should be doing. A long day at work? Why not have a glorious dinner and celebrate the end of the day with an overflowing plate of food? Since today was an extra stressful day, I think I deserve that extra scoop of ice cream.
I find that diets never really address how to handle that need for something more. I know I am attempting to have food replace something in my life. It would be easy for me to forget about the things that I have said in this article, but that would be missing the point. I don’t know what your emotional attachments to food are, but if you are like me, then you have a very strong emotional attachment with food. The question becomes how do we overcome that emotional attachment with food and reprogram our minds to view it as something that is nourishment?
If any of this rings a bell, and you are interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to contact my office to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Shah, MD