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The Psychology of Weight Loss – How to Use The Mind to Fight Obesity


NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia March, 2012 – “It’s all in your mind” is a common Australian saying and usually used to dismiss what’s going on. While most nutrition experts say that obesity is determined by a simple equation – more calories ‘in’ than there are ‘out’ through exercise – others believe that additional factors – such as what goes on in the mind - have an impact on the ability to maintain a healthy weight. Kellee Waters, Managing Director of Fit Minds and Bodies, firmly believes that psychological factors come into play when people are battling the bulge.

Kellee Waters is a registered psychologist, personal trainer, and hypnotherapist with a unique emotional connection to weight issues.  Kellee has herself fought various forms of eating disorders and now understands that weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not just about telling patients what and how much to eat. Kellee explains, “I take a bio-psycho-social approach to all issues. I look at understanding the biochemistry and neurochemistry of the body and brain, and how this interacts with food and fat.  I also seek to understand what causes specific characteristics of how someone thinks, feels and behaves about diet and weight loss. I look at the present and past as well as conscious and unconscious patterns. Each of these factors impacts the person and their current situation. Your mind can be your best friend or worst enemy.”

Kellee established Fit Minds & Bodies in 2004 as a multi-focused lifestyle management company to help people manage weight, chronic illness and lifestyle issues from a different perspective – one that utilises psychology, nutrition, fitness and an alternative medical perspective. Fit Minds & Bodies’ approach to fighting obesity is to understand the importance of weight loss psychology and provide an alternative to sweating it out at the gym. Their secret is to work with patients to open their minds and be more receptive to the weight loss methods that work specifically for each individual patient.

Kellee’s personal experiences and understanding of the psychology behind eating disorders motivate her to support patients suffering from various weight and food issues including food addiction, emotional eating and other obesity-related problems. Fit Minds & Bodies guides patients towards harnessing the power of their mind to find health, balance, fulfilment and success. Anyone looking to understand the psychology behind obesity more can visit


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