Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Denial

Human nature often impact on long-term weight control. One of those human nature tendencies is the capacity for “denial”. Denial may appear in many forms. For example, in medical school we were taught to place a multiplier on the amount of alcohol a patient will admit to. If a daily alcohol user says “2 drinks a night”, place a bet that this is more likely to be 4-6. This does not mean that the person intentionally lies about his/her drinking. Rather, there is a psychological “denial” that takes place as the person is underestimating the alcohol ingestion perhaps for the fear that admitting to more would border on being flagged as an alcoholic.

I have seen many patients at the SP Program that did not see themselves in the mirror as being overweight/obese, but then they see a picture either taken at a family function or work gathering, and are shocked to see how overweight they appear in the picture. Denial is in place here as well, with some subconscious part of the brain “protecting” the affected people, i.e. not “allowing” them to see the truth.

Another example of denial impacting on weight control are portions of foods being consumed, more specifically snack foods and carbs. Often, an element of denial is in place as people tend to underestimate the actual intake of these derailing food sources.

During your long-term weight control efforts, try as best as possible to not allow “denial” to play a role in your journey. “Denial” will sabotage your potential for success.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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