How Can CBT Help You Lose Weight?
“Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel and act better even if the situation does not change.”*
CBT has been widely studied and proven effective in thousands of clinical trials and is used to promote behavioral changes in people with many types of issues: depression, ADHD, anxiety, anger, stress, weight loss, disordered eating, and more.
We apply this technique, or call it The Law of Attraction, in our curriculum to help you transform your ingrained Sabotaging Automatic Thoughts (or SATs), as we call them, into Positive Automatic Thoughts (or PATs). With The CogniDiet® Program you will learn to develop new PATs. You will write them, you will read them, you will visualize them every day. They will be tailored to your specific issues and will strengthen your power to say NO in even the most challenging situations
Stop thinking “I have always failed and women cannot lose weight after 50″ because these thoughts will block your success. Replace it with ” I can do it this time, it’s never too late to succeed”. Then practice, practice, practice… And with our help you will start to see changes in your behaviors. AND you will lose weight.
* Source: Website of NACBT (National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists ) NACBT.org May 2013
How Can Neuroplasticity Help You Lose Weight?
Neuroplasticity is the ability of your brain to change. And yes your brain can change even at 70 years old. The cells in your brain are mostly neurons. You must have almost 100 billion neurons in your brain. Every action that you perform in your daily life involves the activation of thousands, if not millions, of neurons.
As an example, think about getting down the stairs. Your brain is receiving and analyzing thousands of information at a time and then firing back commands. You can really do it automatically, right? This is the basis of neuroplasticity. Your neurons are firing, they have created a wiring. You go down the stairs automatically.
Any learning must always result in changes to the brain and for these changes to happen the brain must be plastic, which it is. The term that neuroscientists use for this malleable quality of the brain is called “plasticity”. The more often we do things in sequence or together the more the neurons responsible become accustomed to firing together. You create a pathway.
Whatever your behaviors are, they have been created and learnt by you. If you have chronic stress, a phobia, a food addiction, a weight issue, usually you created your own circuit. You wired your brain.
For instance, your brain has established your neuronal ‘stress’ circuit. To make things worse, if your mother gave you some sweets when you were stressed out or were sad as a kid (or to reward you for a good action), she created a circuit. So put the blame on her!
The good news, though, is that we will use the very thing that is causing the problem — neuroplasticity — to eradicate your old behaviors. Now, to be totally transparent, this will require practice. Same thing as if you wanted to learn to play chess or tennis.
The CogniDiet® Program created fun brain games and food & situations experiments that will help you rewire your brain and create new circuits. Alongside CBT, stress relief and nutritional education you can really rewire your brain and change old behaviors.
National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists
The Beck Institute and Aaron Beck MD and Judy Beck PhD’s books