If you struggle with obesity, then you’ve likely experienced the frustration of trying to make one of the many “weight loss solutions” out there work for you. Depending on the program you followed, you may have been required to track your food intake, follow a restrictive meal plan, or take appetite-suppressant medications, but all of these techniques seem to forget this fundamental fact about obesity: it’s not just a control problem.
Many of the weight loss programs out there focus on changing the person’s habits in some way, but obesity is rarely caused exclusively by overeating and avoiding activity. Genetic factors, as well, play a partial role in causing obesity but may not play as significant a role as some might think. Rather than looking at the act of overeating and trying to relate that to the person’s history or family, weight loss solutions should dig deeper. They should look at the emotion and the motivation behind the act. Once the brain has become hardwired to behave in a particular way, it becomes much more difficult to act in opposition. In other words, your brain may be under the impression that eating is the ideal coping mechanism for dealing with feelings of anxiety or stress.
If you can’t seem to beat obesity, it could be that you’ve been exclusively treating the body with meal planning, medications, exercise regimens, etc. Instead, why not try treating the mind? What if you could learn how to self regulate your own brain? Through neurofeedback therapy, you can! Learn more about neurofeedback by browsing our site, and be sure to read part two on this topic to learn how neurofeedback can help you overcome obesity. Please contact our Denver brain center with any questions.