The UK is getting bigger and bigger. Obesity rates in the UK are the highest in Europe and costs the UK economy ore than £3 billion every year. The diet industry in the UK alone is worth £2 billion and yet research suggests that a significant proportion of people who start a new diet with the intention of reaching their goal weight give up on it within the first 7 days. Less than 8% of people stick with their latest diet longer than 8 weeks.
Remember: Diets only deal with what’s on the outside (what can be seen) – the excess weight, and yet the reasons for eating more than is needed and/or eating at times the person isn’t hungry are all on the inside. This is the main reason that any results from dieting are usually short-term.
Today, food has become something it was never meant to be. Food simply provides the fuel our bodies need to get us through the day and yet for many it’s become mood management. For instance: a person has had a bad day (or a good day) and they decide that they deserve a reward. Doing this once or twice is unlikely to lead to much weight gain, however, when it becomes a habit, they weight the person worked so hard to shed goes back on (usually with a bit more on top). Then there’s a chance that the person will convince themselves that the diet didn’t work, it was the wrong type of diet, etc., and they continue to use chocolate, food, alcohol, etc., to management their mood and then at some point they start again…and again…and again…and so the yo-yo dieting cycle continues.
Leave everything the same and at the same time, hope things will change.
When a person isn’t dealing with the internal triggers that have led them to eat more than they need and to eat at times they aren’t actually hungry, many people can buy into a whole bunch of stories (also known as excuses!) that they’ve probably told themselves so often that they now believe them.
Just because a person believes them, doesn’t make them true. All it means is that they’ve turned them into their truth, their reality. Unless these are turned back into the excuses they really are, little is going to change. So, I wonder what stories you have bought into? Below are some of the stories my clients have bought into before deciding to turn them back into excuses and deal with them:
Many clients have described the lead up to the ‘start (again) date’ as something like, ‘I’d better eat as much as I can today because tomorrow I need to be good’.
The lead up to changing your life is not your last meal and so there’s absolutely no need to binge. All this does is add to the amount of weight they need to release. Food is not scarce and so there’s no reason to store it on their bodies for later.
Eating quickly doesn’t count
Yes it does! Eating quickly is probably one of the worst things you can do because it means you go from starving to stuffed without realising how you got there, so you end up eating much more than you need, you probably feel nauseous and there’s a really good chance you’ve added a bit more excess weight.
Leaving food is a waste
And if you eat it, it will still end up as waste. If there is still food on your plate even though you’ve had enough, you’re putting too much on your plate.
Food is the one thing I can control
Eating more than your body needs, eating for the sake of it or because you are tired, fed up, angry, etc. is NOT being in control.
The cake was calling to me
It wasn’t! And if it was, there’s probably more going on for you than your weight…just saying!
Does continuing to eat after you’ve already had enough, or at times you aren’t actually hungry really make you feel better?
Maybe – while you are actually eating, and when you’ve finished I’m guessing there’s a whole bunch of other things you’re feeling, such as guilt, disappointment and failure.
There is a well know saying that practice makes perfect – practice also makes permanent and using food as mood management on a regular basis will result in your clothes getting tighter and the number on the scales going up and up and up.
If you are in a habit of using food as mood management, as soon as you are feeling tired, bored, stressed, fed up, etc., you’ll always go back to what you know and use food to change how you feel. But…
If food really had the power to change the way you feel long-term, you’d feel on top of the world and that feeling would last for a very long time – not just while you’re eating.
Get Real! and Get Slim for Life is a two part process. One part is all about the tips, tools and conscious behaviours you need so you can release the excess weight. The second part is therapy based and during this part of the process I will help you to identify the real reasons behind your weight gain and the reason you have struggled to achieve the results you have been looking for. This part of the process is tailored specifically for you and using a number of techniques and therapies, including hypnotherapy, we (that’s you and me together) work to get you fully back in control of what you eat, when you eat it and how much of it you eat.
My experience of working with clients has shown that people generally fall into two categories:
- Those who are interested in achieving their goal.
- Those who are committed to achieving their goal.
Those who are interested will do what is convenient, when it’s convenient. They just aren’t uncomfortable enough to do what it takes to reach their goal.
Those who are committed will do whatever i takes to get to their goal, consistently and persistently and without excuses. They are at the point they are uncomfortable enough and ready to do what it takes to reach their goal.
So which are you? Are you interested or are you committed?
If you are committed to releasing your excess weight once and for all, then contact me and we can then discuss how you can enter a fabulous world of clever diet escapes. A world where you can expect real and lasting results.
- What is your excess weight stopping you from doing?
- How is carrying the excess weight around affecting your health?
- How is carrying the excess weight around affecting your relationships (with yourself and with others)?
- How is carrying the excess weight around with you affecting your self-esteem?
- How is carrying the excess weight around affecting your confidence?