NBC introduced “The Biggest Loser,” a television show featuring obese participants competing in a televised weight-loss competition in 2004. More than ten years later, the show continues to draw interest.
Rebecca Sauer, a licensed practical counselor at Catholic Charities, urges people to be kind to themselves. A little extra weight may not be a bad thing—but if it is impacting your health and you need to take action, consider the following questions.
1. Do you really want to lose weight?
Losing weight is hard work. You have to really want it and be committed to doing what is necessary to make it happen. “If someone else wants you to lose weight, you probably won’t be successful,” Sauer said. “You have to really want it and believe you can do it.”
2. Are you in the right frame of mind?
Don’t attempt to lose weight during times of extreme stress. “You have to be in the right frame of mind to be successful with weight loss, if you are depressed or if something else is going on it may not be the right time,” Sauer said. “You must be able to psychologically handle the changes and stress that come with trying to lose weight.”
3. What is behind the weight gain?
Before you endeavor to lose weight, you should carefully consider why you initially gained weight. A stress-eater may want to see a counselor to learn coping strategies for dealing with anxiety or stress. The contestants on “The Biggest Loser” are often encouraged to talk about what they are feeling and where their weight gain began.
4. Do you have a support system?
Losing a large amount of weight is a monumental task, and seemingly impossible to do without support from others in your life. “It’s really important to have someone on your side,” said Sauer. “A spouse, a friend or a coach.”
If you aren’t seeing the same results you see on “The Biggest Loser,” don’t get discouraged. The truth is that most of the contestants cannot maintain the weight loss in the real world. If you diligently make healthy choices and seek out help when appropriate, you’ll have a much better change for success.
If you would like to talk to a Catholic Charities counselor to help you with your weight loss or know of someone who is interested, please call 602-749-4405 to make an appointment.