Nutrition Coaching, psychology and weight loss

How the three interact to produce remarkable results.

A healthier mind can lead to a healthier body and a better relationship with food.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33 percent of adults living in the United States are overweight, and an additional 36 percent are obese. Meaning that almost 70% of Americans weigh more than what is considered healthy. In addition, approximately one in six children in the U.S. are obese. Whether the weight gain is from poor diet, age, healing from surgery or a lack of exercise, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed both on a personal and global level. Being overweight can result in high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even premature death. When it comes to losing weight, many people know that the primary key is to focus on eating less and exercising more; essentially taking in fewer calories than you burn on any given day. If you’re having trouble accomplishing this on your own, you can use a nutrition coach to help you understand nutrition, keep you accountable and advise you on eating healthfully. Like many difficult tasks, doing one thing, like hiring a nutrition coach to help with your weight loss won’t be enough for a lot of people. There is another significant aspect of weight control. This aspect involves understanding and managing thoughts and behaviors that can interfere with weight loss. Perhaps you eat well and exercise but eat too much sugar when you’re frustrated, use food as a coping mechanism for anger, or drink alcohol as a means to celebrate too often. If any of these examples sound familiar, a psychologist can help you make behavioral and lifestyle changes that will positively impact your weight management. Essentially, you need to work on both the physical and psychological reasons for weight gain to make a lasting difference for yourself.

Need some more inspiration? Here are a few ways that a nutrition coach and a psychologist can work in harmony to help you meet your goals:

Practice mindful eating: The ability to eat mindfully is incredibly vital to your overall well-being and ultimately, your weight loss. A nutrition coach can help teach you to prepare meals while a psychologist can show you how to be present while eating to help you eat more intentionally.

Working through emotions: While your psychologist can help you work through painful feelings, depression or anxiety, a nutrition coach can teach you how to choose foods that support your overall energy levels and emotional well-being. This combination can help you thrive physically if you’re exhausted emotionally.

Working with both a psychologist and a nutrition coach can be the incredible boost you need to take control of your health. Utilizing both professionals is like a silver bullet for weight loss. You learn how to eat well, exercise correctly, and deal with the self-limiting thoughts, preconceived notions or mental roadblocks that you may experience during the process. The physical and mental challenges of weight loss are intense and getting help to navigate them is the best way to ensure your success.

Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell is a Psychiatrist in New York City and offers nutrition coaching in the New York City area.