The spring is here, the sun is out, and that extra warmth and light is a wonderful, positive thing. However, for quite a few of us, the coming of summer also heralds that time when we have to fit into last year’s holiday wardrobe … If you’re not happy with your weight, this can be a daunting thought.
As a result, those of us who lack confidence in our appearance turn to dieting in an attempt to feel better on the beach. However, when it comes to successful weight loss – and by successful, I mean sustained – you need to literally change your mind about food.
What’s going on in your head is as important as what’s going onto your plate.
Losing weight is about gaining confidence
What I work towards with my weight loss clients is confidence in body and mind, empowering you to make the changes you want to make, helping you maintain motivation, and a strong positive attitude.
It’s about being healthy and feeling happy with yourself in all areas of your life.
Successful weight loss needs more than a diet
Most of us have tried a diet at some point; and many of us have had a go at several. Usually, we’ll find one that works for us, start to lose some weight, and be really pleased with how well it’s going. You may also be combining your new diet with exercise, and feeling much better. Then – those lost pounds start to sneak back on again…
Why does this happen? After all, we have a straightforward goal and a clear-cut way of reaching it with diet and exercise. The problem that most of us encounter is that we’re tackling the physical aspect of weight loss – but not looking at the psychological side as well.
Any diet is going to be of temporary benefit if you don’t readjust your relationship with food. Weight-gaining eating patterns could be a symptom of another issue: this is often the case with comfort eating. Changing unhealthy eating habits once and for all, can have a lasting effect on your weight, and prevents a lifetime spent “yo-yo dieting”.
Why do people comfort eat?
Comfort eating is extremely common. The association between food and comfort starts in babyhood, and at times of stress or anxiety, we can find ourselves reaching out for a reassuring biscuit, or the whole packet of course! Eating becomes a coping strategy for times when we’re feeling low: we attempt to boost serotonin to make us feel happier with food, which can make it a hard habit to break unless you also address the trigger.
There can be other factors: boredom leading to mindless picking at food, and issues with self-control. To tackle any of these unhelpful eating habits, we first need to understand what role the food is playing in your life, and how we can replace this need with healthier thoughts and habits. This is where solution focused hypnotherapy comes in.
How solution focused hypnotherapy can help with weight loss
Hypnotherapy combined with psychotherapy helps you reframe your relationship with food. . Having clear goals to envision your ideal outcome is an essential part of successful weight loss; and solution focused hypnotherapy can help you to achieve those wonderful goals.
Of course, reprogramming your relationship with food can’t completely replace a sensible diet! We combine the hypnotherapy aspect with a suggested healthy eating programme, and seven tailored one-to-one sessions.
Have a look at Great Minds’ weight loss programme and I’d also recommend you read the fantastic blog post about Wispa Gold cravings that a client wrote for me!
If you feel this could help you too, please contact me to book your free initial consultation. Together, we can get you started toward a better way of living – giving you plenty of time before summer, to get back in control, and on your way toward achieving those fabulous goals of a happier, healthier you.
I’m Debbie Daltrey, the founder of Great Minds Clinic. My clinics are in Timperley, Altrincham, and Manchester City Centre. If you’re feeling concerned about weight loss, or simply want to find a healthy and positive way of life, please call me for a confidential chat.