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Weight Management Programs

Weight Management Programs

If you struggle with your weight and body image, you are not alone. Most people have complicated relationships with food, eating, and their bodies. In Western Europe and North America especially, the media and marketing have aggressively promoted an unhealthy ideal of weight and body image. At the same time we have become a very sedentary culture that eats a lot of high calorie food. The result is an epidemic of obesity.

Losing weight is often the easy part; maintaining weight loss almost never is. Sustained healthy weight control is a “head game” that requires a lot of courage, knowledge, insight, tools and effort. Certainly diet and nutrition, as well as exercise and fitness, are important. As for other weight management programs, CBT for weight management includes personalized plans for eating and exercise. However, CBT for weight management also helps people to acquire the thinking (cognitive) and behavioural skills that are essential for success including how to:

  • Use CBT techniques to prepare for successful behaviour change;
  • Use CBT techniques to recognize and challenge unhelpful thinking;
  • Design and select a personalized healthy eating and exercise plan;
  • Set realistic goals;
  • Motivate themselves to stick to their plan and eat well even when they don’t feel like it;
  • Resist urges;
  • Deal with setbacks and relapse and get back on track;
  • Manage craving, desire, hunger, and emotional eating;
  • Predict and plan for setbacks due to common triggers such as stress, special occasions, vacations, travel, and unsupportive people;
  • Understand and manage alcohol consumption; and
  • Develop healthy relationships with their bodies.

Sustained healthy weight management is a challenge and CBT techniques can be an important part of the solution. However, because obesity often occurs with other common problems such as mood, anxiety and substance use disorders and often results in a number of serious medical conditions, the first step towards effective weight loss and management is thorough and proper assessment from a physician or psychologist.

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Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

What is the policy for cancelled or missed appointments?

To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?

Psychologists:

  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

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What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete an undergraduate degree that includes 360 hours (total) of training and education. In contrast, to become a psychologist in Ontario the... Read More

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