Why Can't I Stick to a Diet?

As a therapist specializing in food-addiction treatment, I have heard the stories. She stayed home from her high school reunion too embarrassed to attend having gained weight after having a couple of kids. He feels mortified on a plane when he realizes his overweight frame takes up part of the seat next to him. She longs to play with her grandchildren but finds it too difficult to get up from the floor. He hates using a C-pap machine but he has sleep apnea and snores so loudly he keeps his wife awake at night. She has Type-2 diabetes and pushes out the images of people with missing limbs, blindness and fear of stroke from her mind. At 23 she sits at home on a Friday night believing that if she could lose weight someone might ask her out on date, might even love her.

Steps to Overcoming Food Addiction: Setting Your Bottom Lines

An important aspect in the recovery process for any individual is in establishing a bottom line; identifying the behaviors which you will no longer take part in. It’s a limit that you set for yourself for the best chance of maintaining your sobriety.

Is My Struggle with Food an Addiction?

Many of us have tried losing weight, repeatedly. Some have had weight-loss surgery, lost a significant amount of weight, and found it creeping on again. We may succeed in losing weight and even keeping it off for a time, but often, the weight returns, plus more. When we gain weight again, we beat ourselves up with critical self-talk like “If only I had more will power.”, “I just need to be self-disciplined”, “If I wasn’t so lazy.” or “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I do this?”

Why Can't I Keep the Weight Off?

The U.S. National Weight Control Registry, which tracks the habits of some 5,000 successful maintainers, cites a study showing only a fifth of dieters with a history of obesity sustain a loss of 10% of their body weight for a year or more.” (Time, 2007). Why is that? Why do some of the winners from The Biggest Loser regain their weight?

Affiliate Spotlight: Cynthia F. Smith-Dick, MS

Our Affiliate Spotlight series highlights the Lifestyle Transformation providers across the country.  Read on to learn more about Cynthia in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Hi my name is Cynthia. I received my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University.  As a therapist, I specialize in treating individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, low self-esteem, emotional distress and life stressors for teenagers. The therapy techniques that I have found to be most effective include mindfulness, solution-focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy focusing on restructuring thoughts.  In our therapy sessions, we promote behavioral transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and feelings.  Our therapy sessions are safe, nonjudgmental environment to help you heal from past pains, get out of unhelpful coping patterns, and increase mental and emotional wellbeing.

Whether you’re going through anxiety and depression, a hard relationship, or trying to overcome an addiction - I have the tools and professional experience to help you get ahead.

My vision/my hope is to help you overcome the daily obstacles and challenges you are facing. We all go through storms in life and sometimes we need someone to help us get beyond those storms. The first step can be the most difficult, allow me to help you. I would like to empower you to reach your personal goals. My goal in treatment is to help you tap into your own strengths to reach those goals! My hope is to help people work through these trials so that they may thrive, not just survive.

I am excited to be a part of LifeStyle Transformation.  LifeStyle Transformation is a food addiction treatment program that offers life-changing transformation that meets your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.  It will be an honor helping you with your journey to healing and wellness! With the challenges that we may encounter, life can seem overwhelming to manage effectively. There is hope for you and I can help you navigate your way through. My passion for providing a meaningful experience that will start with me listening to you, empathizing with your feelings and empowering you with effective tools to help you move forward.

Contact Cynthia to join the Las Vegas Lifestyle Transformation program.

 

What is Food Addiction?

Food addiction, a term often used synonymously with eating addiction, is an addiction to the process of eating. Food addicts become addicted to the process of overeating. Unplanned and mindless eating behaviors can also be a sign of food addiction. Treatment for food addiction is available.

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