By: Aaron Perez, LCSW | Behavioral Health Specialist with NGPG and a member of NGMC’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center team
Weight-loss barriers are not solely a willpower problem. The modern approach to effective long-term weight-loss is multidimensional; many times, a variety of factors contribute to long-term weight loss success.
Components of a multidimensional approach include:
Often times, being overweight or obese also comes with mental health diseases such as depression and anxiety. It’s important to take a holistic approach to weight-loss that prioritizes mental health by seeing a professional mental health counselor. Conditioned behaviors are often a result of past experiences, traumas or self-shame and can be remarkably difficult to change. Knowing and understanding your historical patterns can help predict your future behaviors and likely outcomes.
Many times, those struggling with their weight experience social anxiety and poor self-esteem. These struggles can affect a person’s social life. Additionally, social pressures can contribute to habits and behaviors that are not conducive to weight loss.
Just as each person’s anatomy is unique, each person’s weight-loss journey looks different. Many times, people focus on physical appearance as a motivator for weight loss but neglect to consider long-term medical health and quality of life. Losing weight can improve or eliminate many pre-existing health conditions including hypertension, diabetes, joint pain, high blood pressure and more.
External factors and situations heavily influence our behaviors and choices. Often, patients must adjust some aspect of their environment to successfully change their habits and lose weight. Surrounding yourself with people who support your goals and hold you accountable is important during your weight-loss journey.
This is a very personal dimension and can include having a sense of purpose and value in the world, being a part of something that transcends consciousness or belief in a higher power and religious faiths.
At NGMC, we understand that learning the tools you need to lose weight can be overwhelming. That’s why we offer support services including nutritional counseling, behavioral health resources, yoga and weight-lifting classes, cooking classes, support groups and more. We are here to guide you every step of the way.