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How to Lose Weight Without Dieting or New Year's Resolutions

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Studies have shown that only about 12% of New Years Resolutions are actually achieved.
And since statistics show that most diets fail over time, what makes for a successful New Years Resolution? Instead of yet another diet or setting a goal of losing weight, why not focus on getting to know yourself better...

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How Catastrophic Thinking Can Keep You Fat

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Just the other day I heard a patient describe something about emotional eating that I had not noticed before. She said that she found herself "checking out" for the last several weeks, which meant she was binging in anticipation of a stressful event that was to take place soon.

Checking out meant to her that she was no longer pausing and thinking. She didn't want to even try to understand what her emotional hunger was all about. Usually she "checks in" with herself, is on top of what is going on, and quite able to limit and control her binge eating.

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How Self-Criticism Keeps You Fat

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

This is the story of a patient who has been struggling with weight issues since her early teens. One day she told me about how she had just completed a 100 mile bike ride for a charity organization. She was proud of her achievement because this ride was on a grueling course, up four hills, each of which had an 8 mile incline. The story itself made me exhausted. I marveled at her strength, endurance and ability to stick to it. She is a married woman in her mid-50s and had only taken up biking later in life as a way to get the exercise she needed to complement her chronic dieting efforts.

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The Number One Reason Diets Fail

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Did you know that diets fail over 95% of the time! Studies show that in fact, after a short term success, people regain all the weight lost plus an additional ten percent. Sounds like most diets are predictable formulas for gaining excess weight rather than losing it.

Some people think that diets fail because they just are not the right diet. Other people think that diets fail because they are just too hard to follow. While others think they fail because the initial motivation to diet wears thin very quickly. And still some others think that it has nothing to do with the dieter, but prefer to blame the social pressure to snack on unhealthy foods.

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