Are you sick of hearing, "Eat less, exercise more?”
We hear this phrase almost daily, and it is a set-up for low self-esteem, shame and guilt. Everywhere we turn, we see ads and billboards of ultra-thin models next to signs for obesity treatment. And next to the "diet of the month" on the magazine rack is the recipe for triple chocolate cake. It's no wonder so many teens, women and men struggle with their body image, weight, and food. In fact, there are very few people who do not have some struggles with these issues. The first sign of a serious problem is when these thoughts and behaviors start interfering with your day-to-day activities.
Whether they consider themselves as having an eating disorder or not, most people recognize when they have an unhealthy relationship with food. Unfortunately, though, most people will not get help. If you’re struggling with these issues, perhaps after reading more here, you’ll realize that you really want and need help. You owe it to yourself to get it!
The Willpower Myth
Many people say to themselves, "I should be able to stick to a diet, exercise, and push myself away from the table.” If you have health problems, you may feel weak and that you lack willpower because you can't lose the weight that is causing these problems. At The Hull Institute, we don't believe that people are weak or lack willpower. Eating too much of the wrong foods and resulting weight problems are very complicated disorders, requiring a team of professionals to help you get better, both emotionally and physically.
“I know what to eat, I just don’t eat it.”
We’ve heard this throughout our years of treating people. However, our experience has shown that the guidance of a registered dietitian specializing in binge eating, overweight and obesity has a profound impact on people’s behavior. In fact, most people do not know how to eat healthy and they do benefit from a nutrition plan designed especially for their body and tastes. A diet high in fish won’t work if you hate fish! In addition, the benefits of regular meetings with a registered and licensed dietitian ensure a sound meal plan, accountability, support and feedback that works. And since we are not a weight loss center, you don’t need to worry about going on a “diet.”
Binge and/or Emotional Eating
Many of our clients struggle with binge eating and/or emotional eating. These are very real problems and cause a high degree of anxiety and depression. It is a vicious cycle. Sometimes people with disordered eating eat because they are hungry. Sometimes they eat to feel better. Sometimes they eat out of habit or boredom. Stopping these behaviors is difficult. People can do it for awhile, and when they stop paying attention, then fall back into old patterns, leading them to feel hopeless and powerless.
The binge cycle shows the progression of this disorder. Read more about the binge cycle
If you are interested in an individualized approach that is not a “diet,” we’ll help you develop and stick to a plan for daily living, one day at a time.
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