Did you know that being healthy/losing weight consistently ranks as no 2 in importance of life goals that people set for themselves?
So why do people continually struggle to lose weight, and why don’t most diet programs work long term?
The word ‘diet’ usually sets us into an automatic ‘deprivation’ mindset, a sense of depriving ourselves of the foods/ drinks/ that we love and which are often an important part of our lives. We know that as long as we use our willpower, diets can work in the short term, however in the long term they are not sustainable. Eventually our minds try to regain a sense of equilibrium and move us back to what makes us feel good.
Diets also don’t factor in our emotional attachment to food. Emotional eating is one of the key issues that causes people to put on weight. So simply ignoring the emotional satisfaction we get from our food and drink, or the emotional reasons we overeat such as boredom, comfort from stress, work/ career challenges, or consoling ourselves with food after relationship breakdowns, will ensure the diet will fail.
Diets are usually regarded as a temporary, short term process to achieve a particular measurable outcome, whether it’s losing a certain number of kilos, or fitting back into our favourite outfit, or looking good at an important event. This creates a sense of having achieved a goal, without much thought around how to sustain it long term, which is why the majority of people soon regain all the weight they have lost. It figures that in order for the weight loss to be permanent, whatever changes you have made to achieve this also need to become permanent. Therefore finding an appropriate eating plan/diet which is enjoyable and sustainable makes more sense than a short term radical diet which will be impossible to stick to long term.
Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘Most people also don’t understand the impact that their mindset, thought patterns and beliefs have on their efforts to lose weight, and which can sabotage any achievements they may have made.’
Black and white, and all or nothing thinking can easily stop us from appreciating any small shifts or achievements we may have made, while underlying beliefs such as ‘my family are all big, so I’ll always be big’, or “I’ve never been able to stick to anything’ will also prevent us from creating positive long term changes for ourselves.
We tend to spend most of our energy trying to eliminate negative habits, without recognizing that introducing new positive habits will gradually override the negative ones, without us even realizing it. Positive habits, such as listening to our bodies, when they signal fullness, eating more mindfully and identifying our stress triggers and automatic patterns are simple strategies with potential huge positive impact.
Our new program, the Body/Mind Health Connection is an exciting and unique program which combines the two key elements to successful long term weight loss, an eating approach which is enjoyable and easy to implement, and a process of reframing your mind to create new positive habits and patterns. The eating program helps your body to burn fat more efficiently as well as providing you with information on a wide range of nutritious and filling foods to enjoy. The mind connection process involves strategies such as Mindfulness and Tapping to change patterns and behaviors, and hypnosis to eliminate limiting beliefs and thoughts as well as increasing your motivation and commitment.
For more information on the program check out our website here or contact us on 0438 539581.
About the Author and presenter:
Ulli is a registered Clinical Hypnotherapist at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, who is passionate about helping people achieve their full potential by developing their mental and emotional health and wellbeing. She has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals, teams, and organizations as an educator, facilitator, coach and mentor, to develop the capabilities, mindset and behaviors to achieve effective change.
‘Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways to help people make positive personal changes in their lives as it works on unearthing and eliminating deep-seated limiting patterns and behaviors.’
Hypnotherapy is useful for treating stress, anxiety and depression, addictions, pain management and phobias. Ulli also offers two specialized programs for weight loss.
Some additional techniques she uses to assist her clients to make positive changes include:
- Creative visualization and imagery
- Resource therapy
- Virtual Gastric Banding
- Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
- Gestalt and Cutting the Ties
Ulli’s qualifications include a BA, Dip Ed, Master of Business (Org. Behaviour) Certificate of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Advanced Counselling Course (Cairnmillar Institute) and is a member of the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association.