The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Blog: Reality Check
Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 09:58am - 1 Comment »
The human brain is interesting in so many ways, and one of these is the capacity for having a person not really see themselves realistically from a physical standpoint. I have had numerous patients come into our program and the major reason was that they saw themselves in a group picture and thought to themselves: “oh, no..that cannot possibly be me.” Up until that point, the affected person never really saw themselves as obese. They most certainly looked into the mirror daily but yet the brain would not let them see reality. Conversely, the bulimic person looks into the mirror and sees and overweight person, which of course, is not reality. Getting on that scale and obligating yourself to write that number down weekly provides a great reality check. We all know by how our clothes are fitting as to whether we are gaining weight but a part of the brain may not allow you to process this much. The number on a scale does not deceive (unless you have a bad scale), distort or otherwise provide a false sense of ‘I am really doing well”. Get out that clipboard and paper and write that weight down once a week. And if that number pops up more than 5-10 pounds from your nadir, come visit us for a “tune up” visit.