Weight Loss – 5 Psychological Factors That Contribute to Weight Gain

Trying to lose weight is of paramount importance for many people and yet there are underlining emotional factors that cause weight gain. These less recognized issues must be addressed and overcome before beginning a weight loss program.

Dr. Matthew Anderson, an organizational consultant, counselor, author of The Prayer Diet, stated that spiritually based diet and weight loss programs end up to be unsuccessful in general because people tend to put so much attention on the external factors of losing weight rather than on the emotional factors and issues behind the unhealthy eating habits.

Dr. Anderson had identified the 5 internal issues that can inhibit the success of your quest for weight loss and health improvement. These are as follows:

1. Inadequate Mothering
A great many overweight individuals use food in order to satisfify their need for motherly love and attention. One reason for this is that they did not receive adequate love and nurturing when they were still young. This is the reason why they resort to comfort eating. They find satisfaction in comfort food and they find the sweetness, love, acceptance and validation which their own mothers failed to give to them.

2. Avoiding Strong Emotions
Food becomes a way to suppress emotions such as anger, guilt, hurt and fear. Emotions are sometimes hard to deal with and food serves as a means of distraction from these emotions. Many overweight individuals resort to eating until their emotions begin to subside.

3. Deprivation of Spiritual Needs
Spirituality is one of the basic needs of humans and not merely a choice. Deprivation occurs when one gets overwhelmed by external factors and environment such as obligations, family and career. A certain part of life is neglected and tossed aside. The harder this soul necessity is pushed aside, the harder it is to ignore. Again, this drives people to eat and find comfort in food.

4. Inadequate Stress Management Skills
Individuals who do not have enough skills to cope up with life's hectic days, constant stress and challenges will often find comfort in food. They see food as a way to get out of the complications that affect their lives. A bag of chips to dig in or a donut provides a sweet escape from stress and other problems.

5. Childhood Traumas
People who are overly overweight can have unresolved childhood pains and issues according to Dr. Anderson. They realize that food offers them comfort and somehow eases their pain. Later on, it becomes a behavioral pattern and this belief is carried on through the years.

Dr. Anderson stated that in order to become successful in trying to lose weight; your emotional issues should be settled first. This is not an easy task as it requires deep contemplation about your self, your life and your past and even the present issues that you are facing. You have to identify what is the root cause of your behavior and you can work from there.

Dr. Anderson himself had experienced a weight problem. He faced the emotional reasons and issues behind his unhealthy eating habits and as a result was successful in his weight loss efforts. So when you feel that there are certain issues in your life that drive you to find comfort in eating, deal with them prior to starting a diet program. This can help you focus more on your goal and can win you a ticket towards good health and wellness.