Doris Wild Helmering - Building a Better Marriage
Doris Wild Helmering is a nationally known marriage and relationship counselor, weight loss expert, television and radio personality, and business management coach. She is author of nine books, 1,200 newspaper columns, six e-booklets, and has written for Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Self, and Scripps Howard News Service. She has been a guest on OPRAH, Good Morning America, and CNN. She received the Alumni Merit Award from St. Louis University for advancing the field of psychotherapy and the Woman of Achievement Award from Soroptimist International. She was awarded clinical status in the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the International Transactional Analysis Association.

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Don't Make Excuses for Extra Weight

Doris Wild Helmering, LCSW., BCD By Friday, 21 October 2022 04:22 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

What excuses are you using for those extra pounds you carry?

“My whole family is overweight” says Maggie. “What can you expect.”

“My mother always rewarded me with food so now I reward myself with food” pipes up Pete.

“I just can’t stop eating, laments Delores, even though I feel like I’m going to pop.”

“My life is miserable,” says Joan. “Why should I deprive myself of food?

I need something to make me happy.”

And we can also blame the food industry for helping us pile it on.

The real problem with blaming others for your extra weight is that it actually sets in motion a belief that you can’t do anything about your weight.

If you take responsibility for your weight, however, and say, “I’m overweight because I eat too much,” you shift to an internal locus of control and the belief that at any minute you could take control of your eating and your weight.

Check out Doris’ latest books, “The Boy Whose Idea Could Feed the World” “The Parent Teacher Discussion Guide,“ and “Thin Becomes You” at

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When you take responsibility, you take control in the weight loss game.
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Friday, 21 October 2022 04:22 PM
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