Fighting Anxiety to Lose Weight*

When you live with obesity, it seems like just about anything can become an obstacle to helping you lose weight and keep it off. While two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, the number of Americans who struggle with anxiety or depression is actually even higher. One-fifth of all American adults have diagnosed anxiety issues, and there are countless more who are trying to cope with issues of anxiety on their own.

Anxiety makes just about everything more complicated, and losing weight is no exception. While it is hard enough to lose weight without dealing with anxious feelings, anxiety complicates the entire process, bringing into question just about every one of the healthy choices that you make, and making it even more difficult to avoid falling into old behaviors that provide you with comfort in that moment.

Anxiety can impact your ability to lose weight by:

  • Interfering with your ability to sleep at night, causing you to be fatigued throughout the day
  • Causing you to eat comfort foods more often due to stress
  • Making you feel uncomfortable at the gym, causing you to work out less often

What’s worse, there is evidence that anxiety can actually make it more difficult to lose weight on a biological level, which means that even if you go about doing everything right, it still may be more challenging to lose weight due to your mental health.

This is why when you start out on a new medical weight loss program, focusing on whole-body wellness is highly encouraged.

Here are some healthy ways that you can help manage your anxiety as you lose weight:

  • Focus on healthy breathing when you are feeling anxious. Taking deep breaths can help to calm your heart beat, helping you to physically reduce the experience of anxiety.
  • Force yourself to exercise every single day, as exercise is actually proven to help naturally reduce anxiety levels.
  • Try to engage in mindfulness meditation techniques, like yoga. These are also proven to help reduce anxiety.
  • Develop a support network from friends and family members. Having someone to talk to about your anxiety can help reduce the burden it places on you.
  • Try keeping a journal to help log your thoughts. Identifying and facing your anxiety is helpful in reducing the experience and severity of that anxiety.

Anxiety is frustrating, and there is no need to cope with it on your own. If you are dealing with anxiety regularly, then it may be time to speak with a professional about ways to manage your anxiety, especially as you are trying to lose weight.

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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.