Mental Health and Weightloss
Our mind and body are very important in the weight loss process. The mind-body connection plays a pivotal role in our ability to accurately assess hunger and fullness. We eat meal after meal, snack after snack, barely aware of what we’re eating and how much we’re consuming. Mindfulness in eating is simply engaging your brain into the eating process to increase your overall awareness of eating. Mindful eating is powerful because it keeps you in the present and can help you facilitate change.
REX Bariatrics is such an amazing and life changing doctors office. When considering weight loss surgery, I searched every option in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area and found this office to provide the most in-depth support before and after surgery. After attending the information seminar, I knew I would be in good hands with any of the drs but chose Dr. Sharp, who was a great motivator. He was understanding of my struggles, easy to talk to, had a great bedside manner, and I had complete trust in. I am over 2 years out from surgery and still have the continued support of Drs, PAs, nutritionists, and staff who really care about continued weight loss and maintaining health. I love that I still have support groups, cooking classes, seminars, and classes I can attend on a weekly basis. I would absolutely recommend REX Bariatrics to anyone considering weight loss surgery.
Eating is a behavior but it is impacted by psychological correlates. It is important to be aware that eating is multi-faceted but is typically treated simply from the behavioral standpoint. This is why traditional dieting doesn’t work……Diets tend to focus on only the behavioral aspect of achieving weight loss. Healthy eating is more complex than just making healthy food choices. Three components must be successfully and simultaneously addressed to revert unhealthy and create healthy eating:
- Behavior (Traditional Dieting)
- Thoughts (Cognitions/Psychology)
- Emotions (Affects/Psychology)
Addressing your mental health is an essential part of your weight loss journey. Our care team recognizes that losing weight is more than just number on a scale but rather a connection between our physical body and our mental body.