Everyone has heard how often people lose weight only to put it straight back on. This can lead to the bane of yo-yo dieting, which is proven to be worse for your health than just maintaining a degree of overweight! It’s also immensely frustrating and depressing. So, what can you do about it?
One reason for you putting weight straight back on may be that you’ve been following a “strict diet” and then go back to “business as usual”. A far better option is to make lifestyle changes that you can maintain long term.
A big part of that can be about changing your mindset and your habits. Life coaching can be really helpful in this regard. In life coaching, you explore what your current patterns are and what small changes you can make that feel manageable, that you can commit to over time. Life coaching is also excellent at helping establish new, healthier habits.
For example, you might substitute herbal teas for soft drinks, or for snacks. Or you might take up some kind of craft to keep your hands occupied at times when you’d be most likely to overeat – mid-afternoon, maybe, or after dinner.
In terms of mindset, it’s also improtant to improve your overall sense of well-being, for instance through a gratitude practice. That way, you will be less inclined to comfort eat.
Another reason for you to put weight back on is what science terms your body’s “set point”. When you lose weight, your body sees it as a potential threat to your survival. After all, throughout history there has been a much greater chance of you starving to death than of you exploding like Mr. Creosote!
Nevertheless, science shows that the body’s set point can be changed. One way is to maintain a new, lower weight for about a year. This is not the greatest of news, as you’ll be fighting your appetite hormones the whole time.
Another way is through hypnosis. As hypnosis connects with your subconscious mind, you can reprogramme yourself to have a different set point weight. While it might take a couple of sessions, this is far faster than having to wait a year.
However, you do also have to follow this up with making lifestyle changes – your subconscious won’t be convinced, nor able to do all the work by itself, if you take this as licence to carry on with the lifestyle that got you into your current situation.
This is why combining hypnotherapy and life coaching is such an effective system – you reprogramme your brain at a deep level, and reinforce those changes with practical, everyday actions. And all with the support of someone who can help you deal with any obstacles that come up along the way.
So, why not give me a call on 07561 231 281, and talk over your options for achieving your ideal, healthy weight?