10 Tips to Stop the Diet-Binge Cycle and Reclaim Your Body!

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 2/18/2015, 12:41 p.m.
Despite what all those weight loss ads tell you, being able to fit into a size zero bikini should not ...
Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

Give yourself permission to enjoy what you eat! Take your time to taste and appreciate it. Your brain can only register fullness if it is “present” for the experience of eating.

Stop dieting! Focus instead on portion size and eating balanced meals and snacks.

Don't skip meals. They set you up for bingeing at the end of the day.

Think about food as a positive source of energy and sustenance, rather than a source of comfort, reward, or a weapon.

Stop labeling foods as “good” or “bad.” That adds an unnecessary emotional component to eating and sets you up to diet.

Decide how much power you’re going to give to the number on the scale, and the extent to which you will allow it to define your worth.

Cultivate a practice of gratitude for all of the amazing things your body does for you everyday!

Choose to spend less energy thinking and worrying about food, calories, and the shape of your stomach. Instead, re-channel that energy into hobbies, loving relationships, personal and professional growth, paying it forward, and making a meaningful difference in the world.

Lisa Ferentz is a nationally recognized Psychotherapist, Clinical Consultant, and Educator, specializing in the treatment of adolescent and adult trauma, abuse, and neglect. She is the founder and president of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc. She was given “The Social Worker of the Year Award” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work in 2009 and is the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide, now in its second edition, as well as Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing. For more information, visit www.lisaferentz.com.