People say they don’t exercise because they have no time, but in the same breath talk about how much they want to get healthy and how much they believe exercise is the path to health. It is a puzzling contradiction. Or is it?
The pressure on moms to be everything to everyone creates a vicious cycle of overworking, guilt, resentment, and self-neglect. Not surprisingly, this makes our lives unsatisfying and instead of looking inward, we turn on each other.
We lose five pounds and then gain three back. Lose another two, gain one more back. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing progress erased, but is this pattern a sign of failure? Or is it a sign that you are right where you need to be?
We have a love/hate relationship with the weight loss app. You feed it information and it reflects back an image of YOU, just like a mirror. What you ate. How much you ate. How much you moved. How much you didn’t move. That late night Dunkin Donuts stop? Check. You skipped your workouts 5 days in a row? Check. It’s all in there. Or is it?
The American Medical Association labeled obesity a "disease" in a move to facilitate greater preventive care. Psychologists should figure prominently in the delivery of preventive care given that behavioral counseling programs have strong evidence for disease prevention yet are not widely available as a reimbursable service.
The "fatkini" bathing suit trend is good news for women and body image, but the negative reactions are bad news for obesity stigma. If some women are finally accepting their bodies, why can't we accept them too?
Everyday a new diet pops up on the market that promises to be the solution to our weight loss problems. How can they all be? Check out my easy 4 question BS test to find out if any diet out there is right for YOU.
Social influence is powerful. Online social networking has introduced an entirely new medium for social influence. How can we harness the power of social media to facilitate behavior change in ways that we never before imagined?
Why do we put off important decisions and actions? Avoidance is one of the most powerful motivators of our behavior. The danger of avoidance is that the gravity of the avoided task becomes heavier over time and your anxiety intensifies, which in a vicious cycle, further reinforces more avoidance. Most problems get worse when unattended. Here's how to dig in.
"People pleasers" are the nicest and most helpful people you know. They never say “no.” Unfortunately, people pleasing can be an extremely unhealthy pattern of behavior. Here are a few strategies for finding a healthy balance between caring for others while taking care of yourself.
Your social life is one of the most important factors affecting your weight. Do you have enough social support to reach your weight loss goals? A little more couldn't hurt. I will show you how to leverage social media to get all the weight loss support you need.
Recent research has shown that prolonged sitting time is associated with increased risk for all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, regardless of how active you are in your non-sitting time.
Whenever I read on the topic of personality and weight loss, the message is that our personality traits make us fat. This inherently suggests that people who are overweight have some sort of personality deficiency, which is in error because personality is multidimensional, not driven by a single trait.