What’s your set point?

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?

Lifestyle Changes

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.

Set Point

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?

 

Top Five Reasons to Drink Herbal Teas

tea-1132529_640Herbal teas can be wonderful for improving your overall sense of wellness.  They can more accurately called herbal infusions, as they don’t contain any tea.  And of course you don’t necessarily need to use a teabag: you can create your own herbal infusions quite easily from many leaves and flowers you might find growing wild: nettle and dandelion, for instance.  Others are created from leaves or roots that you can buy from a local store or supermarket, such as root ginger or peppermint leaves.

Still, there’s also a delightful market of wonderful ready-made tea bags, many of them organic, to tempt your tastebuds.  And while many people reach for teas in cold weather, they are great all year round.

In particular, if you are trying to manage your weight, herbal teas may be a surprising source of help.

  1. Many herbal  infusions aid with digestion in one way or another: reducing heartburn; increasing blood flow to the digestive system; absorbing gas; providing a laxative effect; increasing digestive enzymes.  Check out such top picks as ginger, fennel, dandelion, peppermint, nettle, lemon verbena, lemon balm, chamomile and liquorice.

2. Just the fact of reducing your stress, which numerous herbal teas such as chamomile, peppermint, lavender and ginseng do, will also help keep you away from comfort eating.

3. It’s been shown that having something warm, rather than cold, be it food or drink, increases your sense of satiety.  So, a herbal tea will reduce your hunger pangs and cravings.  I especially love liquorice, or a liquorice and peppermint blend for this, as the sweetness of liquorice as an after dinner treat replaces my desire for dessert.

4. How many people have taken up smoking to stop them snacking?  It’s well known that it’s easier to replace one habit with another.  Far healthier, though, to sip a cup of tea, rather than mindlessly snacking.

5. Many people suffer unwittingly from dehydration and it’s common to reach for food when you feel that need.  However, you can satisfy the true desire with a herbal tea that has no calories, and plenty of vitamins and minerals.

So, why not try replacing a snack with a herbal infusion, or sipping a warm brew after a meal rather than reaching for dessert?