Most people contact my weight loss practice due to health concerns. When you discover that you’re pre-diabetic, or realize that your blood pressure is threatening you with stroke or heart disease, or simply can’t keep up with your kids, you can be motivated to learn about whether medical weight loss will work for you.
However, once you actually make the decision to lose weight, the transformation in your outer body often triggers the start of an inner transformation. There are a couple of reasons for this.
One is that weight gain is often tied to emotional issues. Whether these involve self-esteem, body image, depression, stress, trauma or other emotional issues, the journey to weight loss may give you some coping strategies and a sense of control that helps more than your body heal. Also, as you see the tangible manifestation of your improving health in your healthier body, it can offer relief in other areas.
Successes Breed Success in Other Areas
“…you lose weight. You get healthier. And then physically, you know, you’re on a better place. I think emotionally, mentally, psychologically. It’s just – you feel better. I feel happy.”
– Diane M. lost over 46 pounds with dietMD Hawaii
If you’ve been self-medicating with food to try to achieve a sense of comfort, love, escape, or just an antidote to boredom, the daily actions you take to eat healthier to lose weight can reinforce self esteem and self-perception, as you see yourself performing positive self care.
New Healthy Habits Feel Good
Of course, there’s more to losing weight than dropping calories. As you discover the role of reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and perhaps add some light exercise or mindfulness meditation, many things change for the positive.
Just adding a ten minute walk daily can help you get back in touch with the beauty of the world around you. You may literally begin to “take time to smell the flowers”, and to listen to the birds in the trees as well.
Regular Support and Reinforcement Aid Achievement
The support you get in a professional weight loss program is important. Again and again, our clients tell myself and my staff that understanding and ongoing support really matter.
“…having a doctor by your side and guiding you through is very important. I think I couldn’t have lost this weight or gone through this without his help.”
– Mike M. lost 45 pounds with dietMD Hawaii
…there’s a good support staff that takes good care of you.”
– Jon M. lost 75 pounds with dietMD Hawaii
Discovering You Can Do It Spills Over
Losing weight is a confidence builder, because you discover that you really can do it, even if you’ve failed in the past. When time passes and you realize that you not only lost the weight but you’re keeping it off, and that you’ve made permanent lifestyle changes, it feels really good. When you see the results of medical tests coming back with tangibly improved numbers, you’ll feel both relief and justifiable pride.
And that spills over into other areas of your life. You’ve learned a process for making positive changes that can benefit relationships with your spouse, children, friends, or on the job. You’ve learned that you can set a goal and achieve it, and every time you look in the mirror you’re reminded of that.