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Increasingly, researchers and practitioners alike are reaching the same conclusion I did: Addressing the mind is the first crucial step toward weight control. In fact, some researchers now believe you can't really lose weight until you learn to love your body as it is.

Jenny Craig
(605) 339-0656
3109 W 41st St # 200
Sioux Falls, SD
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(605) 328-9700
5019 S. Western Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD
Sioux Falls, SD
 
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(605) 361-3442
1900 S Marion Rd
Sioux Falls, SD
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(605) 332-5445
322 E 14th St
Sioux Falls, SD
 
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(605) 331-4343
2020 S Sherman Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
 
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(605) 322-2784
800 E 21st St
Sioux Falls, SD
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(605) 334-7231
3000 S Minnesota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
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Sioux Falls, SD
 
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(605) 339-0656
3109 W 41st St
Sioux Falls, SD
 
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Befriend Your Body

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By Dorothy Foltz-Gray

I was a fat kid who grew into a tall, thin adolescent. But for years afterward, I punished my body for what it had been, starving it into submission. At 5 foot 9 and 120 pounds, I was what one friend called “a stick of gum.” Yet when I looked in the mirror all I saw was imperfection. My thighs were too big, my stomach too round, my hips too broad. So every Sunday night I ritualistically prepared to diet, gorging myself on cookies and vowing to starve myself the next day. I went on calorie-counting diets in which I weighed every morsel I ate. I walked around hungry all the time, and then I would binge.

In my mid-20s, I finally began to change. For one thing, I started exercising, a step that helped me respect my body and made my weight easier to control. I also met my husband, a man who ate when he was hungry and didn’t eat when he wasn’t. I was astounded by his freedom. Unbelievably, he also liked my body as it was. He sang to me his bluesy favorite, “Big leg, tight skirt, ’bout to drive me outta my mind.”

All those things began to alter the well-worn self-hating track in my head. Slowly I realized I didn’t want to be a little old lady weighing bits of cheese on a scale. I also began to accept the fact that my body had an ancestry—the zaftig curves of my grandmother and mother were mine, and no matter what I weighed I would always have these generous proportions. Yearning to be a greyhound when I was a Labrador was an absurd waste of emotional energy. It was my psyche that needed changing, not my body.

Increasingly, researchers and practitioners alike are reaching the same conclusion I did: Addressing the mind is the first crucial step toward weight control. In fact, some researchers now believe you can’t really lose weight until you learn to love your body as it is.

This idea got a serious boost in the 1990s when dietitian Laurel Mellin of the University of California, San Francisco, introduced a weight loss program called the Solution, which teaches people to nurture themselves. Studies show that people in her program lose an average of 14 pounds—and keep it off during several years of follow-up.

And there’s something newer on the scene. Some programs now offer a range of mind-body techniques to help you negotiate this difficult mental terrain. The weight loss program at Green Mountain at Fox Run in Ludlow, Vermont, for instance, is quite different from traditional weight loss regimens. The program includes exercise and nutrition components, but from day one of a week-long stay, behavioral therapist Mimi Francis addresses the destructive thoughts in her clients’ heads. The goal, which she calls mindfulness, is to get clients to stop dieting and pay attention to their inner needs.

Francis begins by asking clients to think about the connection between how we eat and how we live. Maybe it’s no coincidence, for example, that many of us go home and binge after a stressful day at work. Or that macaroni and chees...

Author: Dorothy Foltz-Gray

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