Have you ever struggled with your body weight? Have you ever been on a diet and gave up in despair after a short period of time? Or, you might have been quite successful in bringing your weight to a desired level and after some months it piled up again? Well, you’re not alone. According to the recent NHS report 40% or adult men and 31% adult women are overweight, 27% adult men and 30% adult women are obese, including morbidly obese. Many of them would have tried different ‘diets’ at some point in their lives. The statistics on obesity and health related diseases are alarming, more so when one looks at reports concerning children and young people. If the common diet programmes, (those that you sign up to and meet other people and go through the process of ‘losing weight’ with them) are supposed to be so effective, why do we have such high numbers of overweight and obese people in the UK? The problem is multi-faceted and it’s not just a matter of focusing on one or two factors. However, it is impossible to discuss all of them here and it is not within the remit of this blog. As a therapist I focus on the mind, attitudes and beliefs. Managing weight is not just about counting calories (in fact, STOP counting them if you’ve been doing so). Common diet programmes focus on deprivation, counting calories, weighing yourself, guilt and they fail to address the subject from a holistic point of view.
Your mind is a complex organ. There are two parts of the mind, the conscious and the subconscious. Most commonly known diet programmes engage the conscious part of the mind, i.e. they rely on willpower. They emphasise the reduction of the amount of food consumed, weighing oneself regularly, counting calories (and failing to differentiate that some calories are nutritious and needed, and some are empty and not needed), making the diet programme a temporary project when in fact it needs to be a life-time change that brings healthy and positive new habits to many aspects of life. The subconscious part of the mind is completely ignored or not explored fully. The subconscious holds your beliefs, values, memories, involuntary bodily processes including your body set weight point and many more. When there is a conflict between the conscious and the subconscious, the subconscious ALWAYS wins. Therefore, willpower alone doesn’t work. There are certain things that need to be addressed if you want to improve your wellbeing – and looking at your weight can be one of them. There are also certain things you could stop doing in order to achieve your body-shape aims. My ‘Weight Management’ course is spread over a few weeks, we meet virtually once a week for an hour and a half and address many different points. Hypnotherapy, NLP and REBT are used to show you a different way of getting healthier and happier and managing your body weight for health and vitality. There will be NO need to count calories or weigh yourself so get rid of your bathroom scales! (or at least hide them and use them once a month if you really need to). If you would like to know more, please email me for more information. Further details of dates will be advertised shortly.