You have tried the Mediterranean Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Grapefruit Diet, Slim Fast, Medifast, running fast, and fasting. You have lost at least a hundred pounds altogether and gained even more back. That pint of Ben and Jerry's is your best friend and your worst enemy. You craved that chocolate cake all day and when you finally ate it you felt guilty and unsatisfied. You can't or don't want to do things you used to do because your weight makes it difficult or uncomfortable. You aren't living your life anymore because you are spending all of your time dreaming about food, worrying about your weight and your health, counting calories, wishing things were different, feeling unhappy with the way you look, and on and on.
Like millions of people, you are addicted to food. The problem isn't that you lack willpower, that you are lazy or weak, or that you need to try a different diet once and for all. Dieting is part of the problem, not part of the solution. The problem is your relationship with food. It is a dysfunctional relationship that has become too important. Food is no longer there to nourish and support your health and well-being, it has become a complex way of coping with stress and emotions.
Group psychotherapy at Cornerstone is unique because it focuses on ALL THREE aspects of food addiction; the physical addiction to food (what is vanishing caloric density, anyway?), the lifestyle or habit-forming aspects of addiction (did you know lack of sleep can make you gain weight?), and the emotional addiction (over-eaters are often perfectionists, people pleasers, or conflict-avoidant). In other words, when you learn how to eat delicious, real food that nourishes your body and leaves you satisfied, when you have a lifestyle that makes caring for your whole self a top priority, and when you address the ways you use food to cope with your emotions, the weight will take care of itself. This does not necessarily mean you will look like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt. And why would you want to? Being skinny is not the key to happiness, that is a myth. It means your weight will gradually stabilize, you will be much healthier in so many ways, and you will feel free, like you are living again.
Compulsive overeating is often a private, sometimes secretive behavior, and often being overweight makes us invisible in a way. The power of the group is in knowing that you are not alone, that you are worthy and deserving, and that you have the support and encouragement you need to meet your goals.
Contact Dr. Neel to reserve a place in our next group and take a positive step to freedom.