Psychological Factors in Uncontrolled Weight Gain
By the time clients consider working with a psychologist on ongoing weight management difficulties, they've usually tried numerous unsuccessful restrictive diets and exercise regimes. They've developed a good knowledge of foods to and not to eat, metabolising factors and exercise tips. For most people, the reason these attempts are unsuccessful in the long term is that food is often used to attempt to manage factors other than hunger. As such, uncontrolled weight gain becomes a symptom of other difficulties.
Sage Consulting psychologists work with people to manage uncontrolled weight gain by examining the psychological and other factors underlying the patterns of behaviour that lead to weight gain. These factors differ for each person. For some, it's an unsuccessful attempt to manage tiredness or surpress painful feelings such as loneliness, anger, grief or disappointment. For others, persistent weight problems stem from poor body image, unhelpful family patterned relationships to food, marital or relationship difficulties or low self-esteem. If any of these or other psychological or relational factors are underlying weight gain, dieting is unlikely to be successful in the long term.
Our approach is to actively address weight management taking into consideration your health, knowledge of healthy eating and exercise capacity. We will not put you on any particular diet or exercise regime. We will work with you around your weight management goals in the context of your life.