Psychologists Help You Control Weight

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Many health conditions are linked to excess weight. Having a healthy weight can reduce heart disease risk and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also lowers the risk of certain cancers.

Limit fatty foods, sugary drinks and processed foods. Choose complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, oats and quinoa. Eat lots of vegetables and fruit. Include some good fats, such as avocados and nut butters.


Obesity occurs when you consume more energy from food and drinks than your body burns through normal daily activity and exercise. The extra calories are stored as fat. Obesity can be caused by many factors, including genetic, behavioral and metabolic influences.

Lack of physical activity is also a contributing factor. In addition, a diet that is high in calories from fast food and high-calorie beverages contributes to weight gain.

Other causes of obesity include a lack of sleep, some health conditions and certain medications, such as antidepressants, sedatives, beta-blockers used for high blood pressure, birth control and glucocorticoids (used for autoimmune diseases). Some medications increase your risk for obesity because they trigger hunger or cause you to eat more. Obesity can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.


Psychologists study human behavior to help people cope with mental health problems and improve their life quality. They typically conduct laboratory experiments and record case histories in their research work. They also develop theories and teach others about their findings. In the United States, psychologists are licensed by state and provincial boards.

Some psychologists specialize in helping people change unhealthy behaviors and beliefs. They help clients with weight management by teaching them healthy coping mechanisms and how to overcome barriers that prevent healthy lifestyle changes.

They can identify emotional triggers that cause erratic eating. They can also help patients understand their own motivations and how to make healthy habits more sustainable. They may also address other health concerns, such as depression and anxiety, which can contribute to obesity.

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