Why short term diets don't work
See how much of this resonates with you:
You often eat for satisfaction, rewarding yourself for both the good and bad with food or drinks, ‘oo I’ve had a good day I’ll eat cake’, or ‘oo I’ve had a bad day I need wine’ etc. Then you decide enough is enough and you’re going to be ‘good’. You cut out all treats and live on some restricted diet forcing yourself to make healthy decisions. Finally after some time you give in, say something like, ‘to hell with it’ and go back to eating the cake, wine etc.
Ever wondered why your head can only cope with this for a short amount of time?
Answer: You’re giving yourself no treats or rewards and expecting yourself to be happy with that in the long term. It’s not going to happen.
Ask yourself this, what treats or rewards to do you have which are not food or drink related? Go on…..really think about it.
Seeing other things as a treat and really taking time to enjoy them will relieve the cravings for that food and drink. Your head will give them up much easier and for a long time, so long as it knows you’re going to be kind to yourself.
Go on give it a go. Try being nice to yourself and see what happens. Let me know how you get on, I’m always interested to hear.
Until next time
This week: Thoughts and Language.
You’re never going to get away from what food you eat and the exercise you do results in what you weigh, but most people make their decisions harder by using ineffective language and self talk. Here’s some examples, have you ever caught yourself saying any of these?
1. I’m no good at losing weight.
2. I’m addicted to chocolate.
3. I always pile back on the pounds.
You may be asking what's ineffective about these? Well here’s the simple science to explain. Whatever you say to yourself your brain goes away to find evidence and proof. Your brain is ultimately a yes machine, when you say, ‘I’m no good’ your head can tell you a million reasons why that should be true and deliver them with emotions which drive either positive or negative actions. Ultimately the statement or question you ask drives the evidence which you receive.
Lets take statement 1. I'm no good at losing weight. When you say this your brain has to find evidence which matches e.g. how many times you've tried, how many times you've fallen off the wagon etc. All this 'evidence' then reinforces the view that you're no good but your brain only found that evidence because that's what you asked it for.
So what do you do?
Simple technique to losing weight 1:
Focus on what you do want, not what you don’t.
To give you an idea of what I mean I’ll change the points I mentioned above into powerful statements. This way your brain can find evidence which helps you rather than hinders, here’s my suggestions:
1. Each day I’m getting better at losing weight.
2. I choose what I eat and I choose to be healthy.
3. If each day I live a balanced diet I will always be in control of my weight.
Say these statements to yourself 3 times and see the difference it makes to how you feel. Do you feel better?
What you need to do: Make this part of your routine. Catch yourself saying those negative statements which focus on what you don’t want, listen and then change them. Ask yourself what is it that I do want and say that instead.
Have a go and if you’re struggling and would like help changing your negative statements into positive ones contact me, always here to help.
Until next time
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Weight Loss research Overview
This particular research investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% were overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis and individual sessions with therapeutic story telling for strengthening their ego, decision making and motivation, exploration of causes in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions for long term results.
Weight Loss with Hypnotherapy Results
The results were clear, an average of 17 lbs lost by the hypnosis group vs. an average of 0.5 lbs lost by the control group. I’m sure, like me, you think they’re great results!
(Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.)
Mind Solutions and Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss
Other solutions focusing on the mind certainly also work but as the research below shows adding hypnosis to these has been proved to increase the results.
Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not who did not and they maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended. Exciting results I’m sure you’ll agree.
(University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.)
This is clear evidence that hypnosis isn’t just mumbo jumbo but gets real scientific results.
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Until next time