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Once aGAIN, Weight Loss Psychology: Use It to Lose It

Posted Feb 20 2011 5:00am

When the demands are high on you, are you able to kick back and unwind? What’s this have to do with losing excess weight? Everything.

According to psychological research, a particular recuperative process that reduces the strain on you is psychological detachment . For our purposes, you can put psychological detachment under the heading of an effective weight-loss strategy.

Detachment from life’s demands occurs when people step away somehow from these demands. A common recommendation along these lines is to switch off work when you get home. Your sense of well-being can be compromised if you don’t. Feeling under daily pressure, if you’re a woman with weight issues, is likely to turn you to food for relief. When you are dead set on losing unwanted weight, this pattern of turning to excess food is what you definitely want to break. So detaching psychologically from the daily stress would certainly be the better choice.

Detaching occurs when you stop thinking about the high demands of the day or yesterday or last night. If you can’t stop thinking about what happened or what didn’t happen that should have happened, then you can’t detach. Excessive worry, poor self-regard, having a perfectionist personality, chronic self-criticism, these are the kinds of mindsets that make it difficult to turn off your thinking, and detach.

Recovery from the high demands you’ve faced, whether it’s the kids, your marriage, work, caring for others, not enough money, a time crunch—whatever—is a must. If you want to stay on a diet, try to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll have to learn to detach and shut off your thinking rather than reaching for a food treat.


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