Need some advice here. I have a friend who is very overweight (i.e., 6’0 325lbs). He knows a lot about nutrition and has, on a couple occaisions, dropped down to 235 with a solid diet and exercise regime. He trains intelligently and can squat 5 plates for five without much trouble.
However, after losing the weight his diet always goes to shit and he gains it all back. Ulitmately his personality is one of those that is either 100% on or 100% off. He realizes that he has a problem, but I don’t think the foods themselves are it. My take is that even though he can change his behaviour (i.e., get on a good diet and stick to it) the psychological processes that control his behaviours remain unchanged. Once he reaches his goal or falls off the diet he has no sense of moderation. He gains all the weight back and is in a lot of emotional pain/guilt over it.
Is there anything that he can do to change this thought process (are there psychologists for this)? I’m just hoping that someone who has had similar experiences will chime in.