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Category: Weight Loss and Maintenance

Intrinsic Motivation

In our work with dieters, we have found that many (if not most) rely very heavily on the scale going down as an external reward for their hard work. They believe that if they were perfect, or close to perfect, on their diets, the scale should go down, if not every day, then certainly every week. This is problematic because the scale simply doesn’t work that way.

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Conflicting Research on Dieting

Conflicting Research on Dieting By Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW Director, Beck Diet Programs A recent article published in the New York Times, “After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight,” details how most of the contestants on the television show, “The Biggest Loser,” regained much, if not all of the weight they had lost while on the show. The article also describes how the contestants’ metabolisms slowed down as…
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Grant Porteous, LMSW and Kevin DeBruyn, LMSW – Workshop Participant Spotlights

Traveling from Traverse City, Michigan, Kevin and Grant attended the 2-day CBT for Weight Loss and Maintenance workshop taught by Deborah Beck Busis, LMSW. Kevin DeBruyn, LMSW, is the founder and owner of Adaptive Counseling and Case Management, which helps chronically ill patients manage their health care and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Grant works as a clinician at Adaptive Counseling and Case Management. Many chronically ill patients have issues with weight…
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Focusing on Long-Term Weight Loss: The Art of the Possible

Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW Diet Program Coordinator Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy A recent article in the American Journal of Public Health (Fildes et al., 2015) reiterates the disheartening statistics on weight loss. This study and many others have shown that most obese people who lose weight gain it back.  In our experience, a major reason for this outcome is that dieters make changes that they are unable to…
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