New Years Resolution: Don’t Diet!

New Years Resolution: Don’t Diet!

It’s the New Year – and according to Time Magazine, 39.6% of people surveyed set a resolution to lose weight this year. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese (BMI ≥ 30). Some of the health risks commonly associated with obesity include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Many people who are overweight or obese want to lose weight as a means of reducing these risks. However – typical diets, exercise and weight loss programs address the symptom of excess weight through the control of caloric intake and expenditure. The Binge Eating Disorder Association reports that about one-third of people enrolled in commercial weight loss centers have Binge Eating Disorder (BED) – and dieting has been shown to cause binge eating, especially in people who already have BED. There is only so much “willpower” that can be used as a means of adhering to restrictive diets, and numerous studies have shown that 90-95% of dieters regain any weight they lose within 1-5 years. Diets don’t work – so what will work to lose weight (and keep it off)? Here is some “Don’t Diet” food for thought: Stop Trying to Lose Weight – instead, focus on health gains. According to Linda Bacon, the author of Health At Every Size and founder of the HAES™ community, overall health is more important than any number on a scale. In fact, many people who are a “normal weight” or “underweight” may not be healthy. Who is to say what BMI is truly healthy for each individual? With health as a goal, the achievement of a healthy weight...
Healthy Weight Loss Tips

Healthy Weight Loss Tips

It’s the New Year — are you like an estimated 100 million Americans who set a resolution to lose weight? And are you like an estimated 95% of dieters who will regain any weight they may lose? Most attempts to lose weight actually make weight problems worse — leading to obesity or triggering eating disorders. Is it possible to lose weight in a healthy way? Yes! My name is Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC — Owner and Clinical Director of Positive Pathways — and I’d like to share my Healthy Weight loss Tips with you. As an Eating Disorder and Obesity Treatment Expert with more than 20 years of clinical experience, I’d like to share some strategies which have helped my clients with healthy weight loss, while preventing eating disorder behaviors and rebound weight gain. I also know what it’s like to struggle with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Food Addiction and Obesity — and these are the tips which help me to live free of eating disorders and maintain a healthy weight. 1. Lose Your Weight Loss Goal. That’s right — to lose weight (and keep it off), you’ve got to stop trying to lose weight! Pause to reflect about how your previous attempts at weight loss have worked for you. Did you lose weight? How quickly, and how much? How did you feel? Did you regain the weight you lost? How quickly, and how much? How did you feel? Pause to notice how your mood changes when the number on the scale changes. Even if you achieve your “goal weight,” you probably don’t feel good, because then you worry about how you’ll keep the...
Don’t Diet – EDIT™!

Don’t Diet – EDIT™!

Learn about the five principles of EDIT™ and how these can guide the achievement of a healthy weight — without destructive diets. EDIT™ was developed by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, and she has been dubbed by her clients as the “Don’t Diet Doctor” because one of her clients stated, “You’re like a surgeon who removed the diet mentality from my mind.” By practicing the EDIT™ principles in your everyday life, it’s actually YOU who removes the diet mentality from your own mind! May the concepts below be “food for thought” to nourish your health! The Five Principles of Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ is the treatment approach developed by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC — Owner and Clinical Director of Positive Pathways — as a result of her own journey of recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Food Addiction and Obesity. This highly effective method for the treatment of eating disorders can also be used for the healthy treatment and prevention of obesity. The EDIT™ approach involves the practice of five principles: Love Your Self:  Discover how to develop ACCEPTANCE of your body exactly as it is right now — when you love your body, you will take better care of your body. Healthy weight loss can be a natural outcome from this starting point of Self-Love. Be True To Your Self:  Learn how to trust your INTUITION for the type and amount of food and fitness your body needs  — when you stop trying to control your eating and exercise, you will find your own healthy way. As an outcome, you can easily achieve and maintain a healthy weight.   Express Your Self:  Develop healthy COPING SKILLS to...