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CBT for Weight Loss

If you struggle with weight, you’re not alone. More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. As the world’s most well-researched psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been successfully adapted and tested to help people lose weight and maintain that weight loss.

At the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of Orange County, we employ evidence-based counseling techniques and the latest advances in Behavioral Nutrition to help you achieve lasting results and maintain a healthy weight. Evidence shows that counseling can help you safely lose weight, and that even modest amounts of weight-loss can have significant benefits for your health and well-being.


How It Works

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for weight loss starts with finding the tempting, delicious trigger foods that can get someone off the path of weight loss, those foods have been designed to overcome our best efforts. Together with your therapist, you will develop a personalized approach that will recognize your eating habits and harness the power of behavioral psychology to change your habits and impose healthy routines around food. You will learn how to control such triggers without relying on willpower or feeling constantly deprived. Together with cognitive therapy and mindful eating strategies, you will learn to how to not only maintain your desired weight, but enjoy food in an entirely new way.

This is why an approach to weight-loss that focuses on your thoughts, behavior and habits around food can help you gain lasting control of your weight and your health.


Complicating Factors

Binge eating is a pattern where people feel a loss of control around food. A binge can result in someone eating massive amounts in a short period of time. Like other compulsive behaviors, binge eating can be a way to control stress, but the shame, guilt, and sadness that can follow binge eating can just make mood worse. Both bulimia and binge eating disorder (BED) are characterized by food binges, and in both cases, CBT is the gold standard psychotherapy treatment for food binging. This treatment has helped thousands of people overcome binge eating.

In addition, depression can cause weight gain. Since high calorie, starchy foods can provide comfort and distraction, some people with depression use food to cope. Meanwhile, depression itself can cause a person to experience a gain in appetite. Weight gain is a common symptom of various mood disorders, and, unfortunately, many medications that treat mood disorders also cause weight gain. For more than 40 years, CBT has been proven to successfully treat depression as well as the other underlying psychological causes of obesity and weight gain.


What to Do Now

Research shows that CBT is most effective for people who are most committed to improving their lives. You need to be willing to set aside the old ways of dealing with weight loss in favor of making a profound mental and behavioral change. A slow, steady health-based approach is ideal, and CBT helps you to look realistically at your goals to improve your health.

A free, 25-minute consultation with one of our weight-loss experts can help you see whether CBT is right for you. Call 714-494-9409 to schedule a consultation now.


The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of Orange County

135 S. State College Blvd., Ste. 200 Brea, CA 92821

Tel: 714-494-9409 Fax: 855-502-8887 Email: info {at}