Behavioral therapy

Behavioural therapy in weight management

When an individual is trying to lose weight he encounters many a hurdles. One of these hurdles is the psychological aspect of eating .There are quite a few psychological problems or eating disorders as they are commonly known , like bulimia where an individual does not eat or compulsive eater when he over eats . We are more concerned about comfort eating.

To support an individual who is trying to lose weight is:

  1. Goal settings: It is very important to set realistic goals which can be achieved.
  2. Stimulus control: Promotion of situation which always promotes healthy eating and healthy activity.
  3. Self monitoring: The individual who wants to adopt a healthy life style has to adopt a healthy
  4. Cognitive thoughts: The person should be in a position to identify and modify self defeating ideas and thoughts.


The three main factors in reducing weight are healthy eating, activity and behavioural support throughout the programme. It is very important for the individual and also the clinician providing weight management service to understand this and discuss it with the patient before he or she embarks on a weight reducing programme. If all the three factors are put in place and is understood by the individual and support given as and when required during the programme then not only he loses the extra weight but is psychologically in a position to maintain the weight loss he has achieved.


It is always nice to advise the individual who is on a weight reducing programme not to buy or keep any starchy or sugary food or snacks, instead keep fruits or any other low calorie and low fat food, have increased activity like walking or going for a game of football or golf or indulge in some physical activity so that they donor resort to comfort eating.


Behavioural change is very important in following a healthy lifestyle and weight reduction.

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