High blood pressure (hypertension) increases your risk for heart attacks and strokes. Being overweight or obese contributes to high blood pressure. If you take steps to lose weight you'll be able to lower your blood pressure. However, losing weight is not a simple task.
How many diets have you tried? How much weight have you lost . . . just to gain it back?
Over $40 Billion is spent on weight loss each year in the United States and still obesity rates continue to climb. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 67% of Americans are overweight and/or obese.
So, why is it your efforts to lose weight and reduce your blood pressure are not effective? One critical factor many people to do not address is the emotional side of the equation. This is why I contacted Dr. Melissa McCreery, psychologist and emotional eating expert, to share a few tips with you.
Dr. McCreery shows women how to get to the root cause of their overeating, stress, and overload so that they can create more effectiveness and joy in their health and their lives. Wouldn't you like to get off the diet rollercoaster and stop yoyo dieting?
Here are three tips Dr. McCreery shared to help take charge of your weight and create a life that is more rewarding and in balance:
1. Ditch the diet
Diets don't work. The research is clear. The truth is, diets fail to address a very critical issue. They don't help you get to the root cause of your overeating and your struggles with weight. Why are you overeating? Why have you gained weight? Why does food have the power that it does in your life? If you don't address the piece that is motivating the behavior-the root cause-the urge and the desire to overeat will come back 99.9% of the time and any weight lost through dieting is likely to return. Ditch the diet, get to the root of your overeating, and address this critical issue.
2. Identify what you really crave (and stop overeating!)
If you are overeating, you are taking in more fuel than your body needs. And if that is happening, than what you are craving when you reach for food isn't really the calories. One of the major causes of overeating and weight gain is emotional eating - using food as a way to cope with feelings or as a way of responding to needs or wants that aren't being met. Comfort eating, stress eating, eating to replace boredom, or using food as a reward are all examples of emotional eating. If you are an emotional eater, making the decision not to eat in these situations is not enough to create lasting change. Take the time to identify how you are using food to cope with your feelings and needs and develop strategies to feed these non-food cravings directly.
3. Create a blueprint to make peace with food
Your relationship with food and your choices about eating are as individual as you are and a successful approach for addressing overeating and emotional eating must be customized as well. Most women don't fail at weight loss because they don't know what they should be eating, they fail because they can't figure out how to implement these changes into their hectic lives. A food plan isn't enough, because it doesn't address the complexity of your relationship with eating. A diet or food plan may tell you what to eat, but neither addresses the reasons that food can be so tempting. And neither helps you identify what to do instead of turning to food. Diets also don't provide you with a plan for success when the going gets tough. A successful blueprint for making peace with food will include a plan for addressing the reasons that your attempts to change your eating and your weight may have failed in the past-your unique challenges and hurdles. Create a blueprint for change that incorporates your specific struggles and strengths and that is compatible with your tastes, your schedule, and the demands of your life. That's the recipe for lasting success.
Would you like to learn more directly from Dr. McCreery about how to take control of emotional eating before it sabotages your next weight loss plan? Dr. McCreery will be speaking at the Virtual Health Retreat later this month. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn more and get your questions answered - http://www.lisanelsonrd.com/vhr/retreat.html!
Published On: May 06, 2010