The Full Mind Weigh™ to Lifelong Weight Management, a program of the Institute for Lifelong Weight Management – teaching you the psychological and emotional skills you need to keep the weight off forever!
Happiness and Numbers – Is there a Connection?
Often, people assume that simply reaching or maintaining their goal weight or clothing size will make them happy. Can this be true?
In my experience, things are rarely this clear-cut.
Morgan was having a struggle maintaining her weight loss. We spent a lot of time exploring issues that might be contributing to her difficulty. More than once Morgan said, “I thought that losing weight would make me happy, but I still have some of the same problems as before”. Morgan was in danger of returning to “comfort eating”. She needed to improve her coping, problem solving, and stress management skills.
Losing weight will not solve your general life problems. It’s not a panacea. However, doing the work (and it’s work!) required to maintain your healthy goal weight can certainly result in a variety of outcomes that will contribute to your overall level of life satisfaction. These are likely to include:
– Improved self-esteem
– Improved body image
– Increased confidence
– A sense of empowerment
– Improved health
– Increased energy
– Being able to wear the clothes you want to wear
– A sense of accomplishment
– Finding healthier ways of resolving your underlying issues (as opposed to emotional eating or stress eating)
In turn, these outcomes can lead to additional positive outcomes. For example, having increased confidence and a sense of empowerment can motivate you to take on other meaningful life challenges that you may not have otherwise been willing to engage in.
Likewise, doing the work required to maintain your healthy weight will likely result in you being able to avoid a variety of outcomes that could certainly reduce your overall level of life satisfaction. These may include:
– Developing lifestyle-related chronic health conditions
– Feelings of shame
– Having to replace your wardrobe every time you go up another clothing size
– Lack of confidence
– Poorer self-esteem
– Poor body image
– Lowered energy level due to increased weight, poor nutrition, and/or lack of exercise
– Missing out on activities that you avoid due to your weight and/or poor body image
– Avoiding interpersonal relationships due to your weight and/or poor body image
– Not working on resolving your underlying issues – you continue to self-medicate with food instead
Maintaining your weight loss takes work, it takes a commitment of time, energy, and other resources – but when you look at the choices you have, are they worth the work? You bet!!
With your continued health in mind,
Doreen Lerner, Ph.D.
Director, The Institute for Lifelong Weight Management
Creator, The Full Mind Weigh™ to Lifelong Weight Management
The Institute for Lifelong Weight Management provides education and training. The Full Mind Weigh™ is strictly an educational program and is not a substitute for medical or psychological evaluation or treatment. If you think you may be suffering from an eating disorder, please consult with a qualified mental health professional who is trained to evaluate and treat eating disorders.