Psychology of Weight Loss
- Q Why do I gain weight when I'm stressed?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineWhen our ancestors faced periods of famine, they stored fat in their bellies with an organ called the omentum. We do the same thing: When we face chronic stress, we eat more food than we need, and we store it in our omentum for quick access to energy.... Full Answer
- Q How is impulse eating related to weight gain?
Jamie McGinn, Nutrition & DieteticsImpulses occur without the time to realize or care what you are eating and how it impacts the rest of your day, week, etc. Impulse eating makes it so you eat whatever you can, and a lot of it because you're so hungry! Planning ahead is the best way to... Full Answer
- Q What triggers hedonistic eating?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyEmotional eating isn't about reaching for celery. Rather, it's out-of-control, hedonistic eating (that often comes from your food memory), where we eat every cookie in the bag because they look good and taste even better. It's a craving—and usually... Full Answer
- Q What role does psychology play in weight management?
Dr. Ramani Durvasula, PsychologyEating is a behavior, thus psychology has everything to do with weight management - in fact probably more than any other discipline. Psychologists can work with clients to determine WHY they eat the way they do, and can work in conjunction with... Full Answer
- Q How is being overweight linked to feeling isolated?
Dr. Dean Ornish, Internal MedicinePerhaps one of the most painful aspects of being overweight is that it often creates more isolation, leading many people to overeat in a vicious cycle in a futile attempt to numb that pain or to fill the emptiness. The pain of that isolation is usually... Full Answer