Gained weight and need help
Q. I have two small children, 3 and 1 years. Since I have had my children I have gained a lot of weight. I have gained about 50 lbs. I want to lose weight. Everyone has recognized that I have gained weight but no one feels like I need help other than myself. In the past 2 years I have tried everything from changing my diet to trying different exercise programs but nothing works. I usually stay stressed out staying at home with the kids all day. Then when my husband gets home he normally doesn’t have time to pay any attention to me. I think my stress is somehow linked to my inability to lose weight. I would like to talk to someone but whenever I suggest it my family just tells me that I’m just looking for attention. Should I ignore what they say and see someone anyway or should I just do nothing?
A. The weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. I have discussed your situation with a behavioral weight loss specialist who doubts very sincerely that your inability to lose weight has anything to do with your stress. It is always a matter of caloric intake versus metabolic rate. Exercise will increase metabolic rate and eating less will reduce your caloric intake. Either or both will solve your weight gain problem. I would recommend that you see someone who specializes in behavior modification weight loss. Studies show that only behavior modification can produce permanent weight loss. Take care.
Randle, K. (2006). Gained weight and need help. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 17, 2017, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2006/12/24/gained-weight-and-need-help/