As The Weight Loss Queen, many people assume I live off the odd lettuce leaf alone. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
I am very much ‘anti-diet’. In fact, I’ve never been on a diet in my life. Why? It’s simple: they don’t work. Statistics show us that 95% of diets fail. This failure may be after one hour, one week or, if you’re lucky – and you have enough willpower – you might be able to stick to a diet regime for one year. But that’s not a great lifetime goal, is it?
Using weight loss hypnotherapy, creative tools and some kick-ass coaching, I move people away from the diet mentality towards something that actually works.
So, why can’t you stick to a diet?
People often go on diets, or – even worse – crash diets, looking for a quick fix. But they have no end plan. When you start a new regime, you need to continually ask yourself ‘Can I see myself doing this in five years’ time?’. If the answer is ‘No’: STOP! You’re wasting time, and energy, and giving your metabolism a kicking in process. This simply makes it more challenging to lose weight in the future.
Instead, think about healthy habits. What strategy can you use long-term? This needs to be something you can sustain, making sure you have a social life and the odd glass of vino! As The Weight Loss Queen. I coach my clients to eat 80/20. This means that 80% of the time you’re eating healthily, and 20% of the time you’re choosing whatever you please. Bring on pizza, chocolate, and wine!
They’re Too Restrictive
We’re natural rebels. So if we’re told we can’t eat something, it’s likely that we’ll then focus on it too much and want to eat it even more. That’s not a healthy, or enjoyable, way to live and lose weight.
Using weight loss hypnotherapy, coaching and creative tools, I help brain-train my clients to want to eat salads, vegetables, healthy protein, and fruit. But I also strongly encourage them to identify some of the not-so-stellar foods they enjoy, and to eat them: in moderation, and without guilt.
They’re Too Prescriptive
Who wants to be told what to eat, and when? You’re a grown-ass adult! You need to own your diet and decide what goes into your mouth. All too often, diets take the choice away from you.
Find a strategy, like the 80/20 approach. Then, going into a restaurant, and knowing there’s something you can eat, and enjoy, is really liberating. You’re not a robot: you don’t need a food plan. You just need a food strategy that relies on common sense.
Chances are, food obsessions are why you have a problem with your weight to start with. Most people know what they need to eat to be healthy. However, their problem lies in their struggle with control around unhealthy food. When you’re preoccupied by calories, points, macros, ‘good’/’bad’ food, and so on, you have food permanently on your mind. That’s not a great thing when weight loss is your goal.
My weight loss hypnotherapy and coaching programmes move away from food obsession. I coach my clients to stop fixating on food. Instead, we focus on what really matters: willpower, motivation, consistency, stamina, control and resilience. These are the things that make the difference to weight loss.
They’re Unhealthy Relationships
There’s another huge reason diets fail: you haven’t changed your relationship with food. If you’re going on a temporary diet – a bad idea in itself – you’re after a ‘quick fix’. When you’re looking for long-term slim, but your relationship with food hasn’t changed on a deeper level, you’re pretty screwed.
You need to look at why you’re using food the way you are, and deal with it. Face facts about what you’re eating, and why: using food to deal with your emotions, mindless snacking, greed, or ‘all or nothing’ approach diets. Slow down: appreciate what you’re eating. Stop when satisfied, not stuffed. See food just as it is: food, not the ‘be all and end all’ in life. Changing your outdated, unhealthy attitude to food is essential if you’re going to get to – and stay at – your end weight goal.
Don’t beat yourself up that you’ve never succeeded at a diet. Let’s face it: diets don’t work, so you were pretty doomed to fail from the start. Instead, copy the habits of slim people. Eat sensible portions, and eat well (have the junk food in moderation), and get moving. Don’t overcomplicate weight loss: use common sense, and keep it simple.
My weight loss hypnotherapy and coaching solutions can help you gain back control over food, and get the body that you really want. Get in touch for a confidential chat at firstname.lastname@example.org