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Rhonda Dorren on The Power of Group Meetings: How To Never Lose Control Of Your Weight Again

Rhonda Dorren on The Power of Group Meetings: How To Never Lose Control Of Your Weight Again

Varied-Group-of-Women-Community gettyI understand how hard it is to stop overeating. When you eat the foods you crave and when you overeat—sometimes stuffing and bingeing, it’s not really about the food. It’s about the feelings-- relieving the emotional pain, stressful feelings, depression and anxiety.

When you overeat, the pain goes away, at least for a while. And you feel better.

While diet plans can tell you to stop eating comfort foods, they don't tell you how to deal with the emotional distress. Then the emotional need to eat and the need to feel comforted trumps the need to follow a diet. The pain of restricting or eliminating comfort foods is far greater than the emotional pain of being overweight or obese. And of course, it follows you can't stay on a diet long enough to begin to lose weight or to lose any substantial weight.

Serotonin, a neurotransmitter found in our bodies, which functions to restore emotional well being, plays a big role in this vicious cycle. Serotonin is made when we eat non-fruit carbohydrates through a chemical pathway involving the brain, resulting in a sense of emotional well-being. As people gain more weight, it is harder for their brains to make serotonin than it is for a normal weight individual, more carbohydrates may have to be eaten and the process to the sense of well being may take longer.

Another culprit is the hormone cortisol. Ongoing, excessive stress can cause the body to produce too much cortisol and cortisol plays a role in craving “comfort” foods, overeating, feeling fatigued, and storing excess body fat.

At ChiQue’s Monday night Women’s Group Meetings (7PM to 8PM), we are offering an opportunity to learn healthier ways to relieve emotional pain and to deal with the many issues knit tightly with weight control. We offer Group Meetings to both members and non-members because our experience and the research has shown group support is a key factor in successful weight loss. Through ChiQue’s weight control programs and by sharing with others at our Group Meetings, you can achieve freedom from the weight battle, healthier ways to deal with the emotions, peace and self-love.

Women who regularly attend the Monday Night Women’s Group Meetings gain unshakeable confidence leading to freedom and liberation from the cycle of overeating and bingeing.

Why continue to suffer alone when you don’t have to be alone. Call the ChiQue Clinic and register to attend the Monday Night Women’s Group Meetings (Calgary 587-794-4553) or email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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