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Welcome, Joyce James, LCSW!

 

Our newest therapist certified to provide The Anderson Method is Joyce James, LCSW, of Southbury, Connecticut, near Danbury.

Ms. James obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University and has been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 30 years.

In her Psychology Today listing, Joyce states:

“Life can be hard. We all hit rough patches associated with relationships, health, stress, loss, grief, depression, divorce or change. When faced with such challenges, it helps to have a professional ally to help you focus, identify your options and move forward. My 30+ years of counseling experience become your asset. Together we will customize an approach for accessing your strengths and setting goals that will shape a brighter future. I want you to be happier, resolve your issues, make the right decisions for YOU and initiate a healthy plan. Our sessions will empower you to create the life that you desire.

I assist individuals and couples to recognize their strengths and to address their issues. My clients report that they experience a reduction in anxiety and an increase in feelings of well being as they accept their struggles and see positive outcomes for themselves and their significant others.

I offer afternoon, evening and Saturday hours to accommodate a variety of schedules. I serve clients through individual, couples, family and group interventions. We work together to find out what is the best approach to help you move forward.”

Joyce V. James, LCSW
1449 Old Waterbury Road, Suite 306-D
Southbury, CT 06488
(203) 586-6149  http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Joyce_V_James_LCSW_Southbury_Connecticut_121432

 Welcome to the Anderson Method Network, Joyce James, LCSW!

How Dieting Makes People Obese

 

From my latest article for The Huffington Post:

“I didn’t have a weight problem until after my first diet. Then, gradually, with each diet, my weight and overeating became a bigger and bigger problem. I hear the same thing from most of my clients, women telling me about dieting when they were young girls who thought they were fat but weren’t. As teens, they really weren’t very overweight, but the dieting turned them into compulsive overeaters and they became food addicts who then……….”

 

What is Qsymia, the new Weight-Loss Drug approved by the F.D.A.?

 

The big weight loss news this week, all over the press and Internet, is the new weight loss miracle drug Qsymia! “F.D.A  Approves Qsymia, A Weight Loss Drug”, says the New York Times.

However, it’s not a new drug at all! It’s just a new name for another weight loss pill that doesn’t really work, Qnexa. Qsymia/Qnexa is a combination of two existing drugs — the stimulant phentermine, which was the surviving part of the fen-phen combination, and the epilepsy and migraine drug topiramate, also known by the brand name Topamax. If you google around, you’ll get all sorts of details about the effectiveness in trials and the dangers. The results are not impressive, but the dangers are. Still, people hope for a miracle in these pills.

There is a huge marketing war evolving in the sales of weight loss gimmicks being conducted not by the usual charlatans, but by big drug companies, hospitals and doctors. Another drug, Belviq, is also coming out. When you read the reports of any of these drugs, they are not impressive, people losing only a few pounds for a while, a bit more than with the placebo. But they are getting the F.D.A. approval, they will be prescribed by doctors, and you’ll be seeing lots of advertising to get you to ask your doctor for prescriptions. Then you’ll have to pay for a visit to get it. Everybody wins, right? Except you. The drug companies, insurance companies and prescribing doctors win. You lose, but not weight.

If you are like I was, these articles about effortless weight loss gets your attention. They lead you to believe you can solve your weight problem without doing the work to change your habits and lifestyle. But the only way to solve your weight problem is through behavior change, the province of behavioral medicine.   But behavior change is not a matter of will power. There are techniques you can learn, or as some clients call them, “tricks”.

Believe me, you can solve your weight problem. Read about my method and read the testimonials from clients and readers by clicking on the menu bar above. Behavioral medicine, like I teach, has helped me and my patients to solve our weight problem permanently, losing huge amounts of weight, sometimes over 100 pounds and keeping it off. There is hope and promise for the solution to your weight problem. But it’s not in pills, it’s in methods I, my therapists and my book teaches.

 

 

Food, Sex, Obesity and Weight Loss: What Are the Connections?

Libido — That’s sex drive, right?

Actually, no. While most doctors today think that libido means sex drive (as in decreased or increased libido), libido actually describes eating drive as well.

Click here to read the whole article on The Huffington Post

What do You Think of Alli, the Weight Loss “Miracle” Pill?

Does Alli work? The answer is yes and no.

As the prescription medication Xenical, it was promoted as the only weight loss pill that really worked. Then it became an over-the-counter pill and has made millions for the company that makes it. But does it really work to solve your weight problem?

(The author is a psychotherapist who lost 140 lbs. when he discovered Therapeutic Psychogenics,  and he’s kept it off for over 25 years. He has helped thousands to lose weight permanently with this approach. More about it at the end of the article.)

Alli works by preventing your body from digesting and utilizing fat, so when you take a pill when you eat a fatty food, the fat passes through your digestive system undigested, and you don’t acquire or accumulate the calories from it. For most of us, 30% of the calories in our diet or more come from fat. So, if you were eating a 1000 calorie per day diet in three meals with a pill at each meal, you’d only be taking in 700 calories, and if it was a 1500 calorie per day diet, you’d only be taking in 1050. If you stuck to your plan of eating only that amount of calories at those meals, you’d probably do well losing weight.

For this to work in actually producing weight loss, you’d first need to maintain the kind of control of your eating that my clients achieve with The Anderson Method (www.TheAndersonMethod.com) described in my book of the same name. With it, you enjoy real weight loss with or without the pill. With the pill, the weight loss is faster. Sounds good, right?

However, there are some other results that you need to think about before you start eating Alli pills. The most attention-getting is what they describe as “anal leakage”.  Fats, like butter and the fat in meats, become liquidy at body temperature. Fats like the oil in salad dressing and cooking oil are already liquid. With Alli, this oily liquid passes through your system without being digested, and then ends up in your colon, where it does not form a solid stool like the rest of your feces. You have the equivalent of cooking oil seeping out on a regular basis, or worse, all the time. If you are not controlling your eating, you have a lot of oil running, so not only are you not losing weight, but you also have poopy pants with oily stuff that seeps through layers of clothes. Not a pretty picture. I’m always all ears when I hear about some way to make weight control easier, but “anal leakage” is all I need to hear about Alli. Like other drugs, they have a whole list of possible nasty side effects, but I don’t need to know any more than “anal Leakage”.

Here’s the facts: to solve your weight problem, you need to shape your habits so that you eat the right number of calories per day, and these habits become permanent so that the weight stays off.  There is a way to train yourself to do this so that it is not hideous and you don’t have to deny yourself good food or eat diet food. That’s what The Anderson Method teaches, a method of behavioral medicine that has helped me and thousands of my clients and readers to lose weight the right way, and keep it off.  More about it at www.TheAndersonMethod.com

As long as you are looking for pills or procedures to relieve you of the need to change your behavior and figure out how to live on less, you’ll be putting off what you need to do to solve your weight problem.  If you use Alli and continue to live and eat like most Americans, you’ll still have your weight problem, and you’ll have a new problem on your hands (and elsewhere too).