• How do you feel about food?

  • How do you feel about yourself?

  • Why did you become overweight?

Answering these questions is not easy, especially for people who have struggled with their weight for many years.

At St. Joseph Health Medical Group we understand that losing weight is not just a matter of eating less and moving more. It is about how you think, feel, and act when dealing with food. Unless you can gain control of your food-related behaviors, you will find it almost impossible to gain control of your weight.

What is Behavior Modification?

Behavior modification is sometimes also called behavior therapy or lifestyle education. It is simply learning and practicing techniques to help you understand and gain control of problem areas in your life that affect your weight. Our behaviorists are experts in guiding you to develop strategies and habits that will result in a lifetime of health.

What is Involved in Behavior Modification?

Behavioral therapy at St. Joseph Health Medical Group includes:

  1. Self Monitoring:

    Keeping daily records of food intake and exercise is the first step toward understanding the issues you are facing with weight control.

  2. Problem Solving:

    Identifying, understanding and creating strategies for solving food and activity issues.

  3. Contingency Planning:

    Developing methods for dealing with common setbacks so that you can recover quickly.

  4. Stimulus Control: Identifying and avoiding the events or situations that trigger overeating.

  5. Stress Management:

    Controlling your response to external situations that interfere with your ability to maintain positive behaviors.

  6. Support:

    Identifying and developing supportive environments and people that assist you in your weight loss goals.

  7. Cognitive Restructuring:

    Thinking in a way that will help you reach your weight loss and health goals.

*Individual results may vary