Another Day, Another Diet.
Are you fed up of dieting? Of your weight going up and down like a yoyo? Perhaps it’s time to try a new approach. Something that will work long-term.
Sticking to a diet will result in weight loss but it can be hard to do and often, dieters regain the weight when they return to their usual diet. Some people end up heavier than they were before they started! It seems like a simple equation: do more, eat less but it isn’t always quite so straightforward.
Let’s think about what happens when you tell yourself NOT to eat something or when you tell yourself that you CAN’T have something. As soon as we think about what we can’t have, we have focused our brain on it. I am now going to ask you NOT to think about a blue elephant. No, really, don’t think about it! You see what I mean? It’s automatic and that is why when we restrict the foods we eat, we tend to crave all the things we aren’t allowed to have. We end up thinking about food all the time which makes it much harder.
A change in your mindset, your relationship with food, is what works longterm. Thinking about why your appetite may be difficult to control and understanding why can make all the difference. Perhaps you are a comfort eater and, when things get stressful, you turn to food. But does it really comfort you, make you feel better? It may do in the short-term but the chances are you will then beat yourself up for doing it and increase those stress levels even more!
We all know what we should and shouldn’t eat. We all know that we should eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg every day. We know that too much sugar and fat is not good for our health. We all know roughly how much we should eat every day too. And yet………..
So many other things affect our weight too: stress causes us to lay down fat; lack of sleep increases our desire for food and also encourages our body to store fat. We have the ability to feast, to override that signal that tells us we’re full and when we are overweight, we need to eat more in order to trigger that signal. We also have the ability to fast when we want to, so there is some good news!
We all have the ability to change our habits. The brain is an amazing thing and it’s changing all the time. Did you know that you can change a habit in as little as 21 days? Did you know that habits or patterns of behaviour are a little bit like chains and that if you break one link in that chain it makes it weaker and easier to break? Knowing how it all works makes it so much easier to control.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
Solution focused hypnotherapy can really help you to understand what’s going on and what you can do to change that mindset. We work together to help you achieve for goals. It is not a diet and it is not a quick fix. This is about making changes to your relationship with food for ever, putting you firmly in control.
If you would like to know more or book an appointment, please contact Karen on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07850 732761. Appointments are available in person in Skipton and online. If you have a friend or 2 who are also interested, please get in touch about group sessions.