The Common Reason You’re Not Losing Weight

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Most people overlook the main
barrier to weight loss.
Ninety per cent of people do
not realise that emotional eating is a key barrier to weight loss, a survey
Most people think diet and
exercise are the biggest barriers to weight loss and reckon without the
influence of the mind.
Dr Diane Robinson, a
neuropsychologist at Orlando Health, said:
“Most people focus almost
entirely on the physical aspects of weight loss, like diet and exercise. But
there is an emotional component to food that the vast majority of people simply
overlook and it can quickly sabotage their efforts.”
The survey of over one
thousand people found that 31% said that lack of exercise was the biggest
barrier to weight loss, while 26% said it is what you eat.
Only 10% agreed that
psychological well-being was a key barrier to weight loss.
Robinson said:
“That may explain why so many
of us struggle.
In order to lose weight and
keep it off long term, we need to do more than just think about what we eat, we
also need to understand why we’re eating.
Most people have a very
emotional attachment to food.
Food is given to children to
make them feel better, it is the central component of celebrations and it
creates powerful emotional connections.
Robinson said:
“If we’re aware of it or not,
we are conditioned to use food not only for nourishment, but for comfort. That’s
not a bad thing, necessarily, as long as we acknowledge it and deal with it
a satisfying meal releases a ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitter called dopamine, said
Dr Robinson:
“We feel good whenever that
process is activated, but when we start to put food into that equation and it
becomes our reward, it can have negative consequences.”
Dr Robinson recommends keeping
a food diary to help look for unhealthy eating patterns.
Ensure that food is not being
used as a coping mechanism or a reward — but purely for nourishment.
The survey was commissioned by
Orlando Health.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.