It all started with My Own Yo-Yo Dieting Experiences
For as long as I can remember I have struggled to manage my weight. When I thought I didn’t have enough discipline, I would train for marathons. When I felt incapable of eating healthy foods or healthy portions, I’d replace real food with meal replacements.
All of these strategies had generally positive effects on my health, but never seemed to stop weight gain from being a nagging issue for me. I would lose 50 pounds but gain back 60, lose 30 but gain 35.
I worked had to manage my weight, but never seemed to get ahead.
I’ve always been interested in what influences human behavior
So after college I decided to study psychology, getting my masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. For several years I worked with individuals, couples and families, helping them uncover what influences motivated their behavior. And I found this work very rewarding.
From Families to Weight-Loss
In the Spring of 2010 I was the heaviest I’d ever been. I was in a pretty tough work environment and wasn’t managing my health very well. I had gained 20 pound in my first 5 months on the job and was feeling frustrated with myself.
It was out of this frustration I decided to honestly assess why weight was such a problem for me. So I applied my training in what influences human behavior with families and applied it to myself.
Within 8 months I had lost 46 pounds
This was not a big deal. Many dieters have lost more weight in less time. What has been significant to me is how long the weight has stayed off. Two years later and I still haven’t yo-yoed.
I don’t take this success for granted. Anyone including myself can gain back weight pretty quickly when we don’t take care of ourselves. But I attribute my weight management success to
- Understanding what’s really influencing my weight, and
- Committing to make lots of mistakes as I work to form healthier replacement habits.
Are you a Nutritionist?
No. While a nutritionist can provide valuable insight into what to eat, my passion has become understanding how weight is gained, lost and managed. In other words, why we eat more than we need. Understanding why weight has become such a prevalent issue is what fascinates me.
How is my Skinny Brain program different than all the rest?
Skinny Brain differs from most weight loss programs in 3 ways . . .
- We will work together to fundamentally change how you think about and interact with food. We don’t simply outsource responsibility for our food choice onto a point system or prepackaged meals. This way, you can go anywhere, be anywhere and still be healthy.
- Skinny Brain is not based solely upon anatomical, nutritional or physiological research. It’s based, in part, on relationship therapy. Because, ultimately, that’s what we’re changing, your relationship with food.
- It does not depend on large amounts of sustained willpower.
Stephan Gombis, Head of Skinny Brain Development
MSMFT, LCPC, BCN, NCC
P.S. Some of my other driving forces in life are the outdoors, travel, and Chicago (Where I live most of the time).