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Feel Good – Lose Weight

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As summer comes in and we start to shed our winter wear, looking forward to summer holidays and the beach-body, is it any surprise that you start to think again about losing those extra pounds.

Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result and yet how many times do you go on another diet and expect to lose weight once and for all. Most of my clients, when they finally come to seek help, will be able to rattle off a long list of diets they have tried in the past, how many pounds they lost on it, and how much heavier they were a year later. Over the years their weight creeps up and up, but they are still sold on the idea that the next diet will work.

Perhaps this is our modern obsession for the instant result? I want it and I want it now? With fast food, 24hr shopping and the credit card we have become used to getting what we want immediately. Or perhaps that instant gratification is concealing a bigger problem, ‘in the moment’ it makes you feel good (never mind that you might regret it later).

With weightloss you need to be looking at the longer term, after all the weight didn’t go on overnight, in fact it crept on so slowly that you probably didn’t notice until you found you had to buy clothes in the next size up, or you saw yourself in your holiday snaps and didn’t like what you saw!

Long term weightloss is about small changes that, over time, make big differences: making better food choices, moving a little more, reducing portion sizes a little at a time.

Ongoing motivation is the reason most people don’t approach weightloss in that way. It is so motivating to lose a few pounds in a week or to have people notice you have lost weight but in the long term these forms of motivation don’t keep the weight off. If you manage to lose all your excess weight, people will notice, they’ll say how amazing you look…but after a while they’ll get used to it and stop commenting – and they certainly won’t comment when you start to put it back on again!

Having a healthy, fit, body is a pleasure that has to come from within. It is the joy of self-esteem, loving yourself enough to feel you’re worth it, feeling that the world, and especially those you love, will benefit from you having a longer, healthy life and that you don’t need ‘stuff’ to give you value. These intrinsic goals are scientifically shown to improve outcomes, above the goals of looking better or dropping a couple of dress sizes. At the end of the day, you spend more time in your body looking out than you do looking at yourself (even when you really like what you are looking at in the mirror!).

When you find that true self-esteem within you losing weight won’t just be about how you look, it will be about expressing the wonderful, unique person that you are with energy, health and vitality!

Thinking Slim

Think Slim

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When you think about losing excess weight your mind can work against you. Whether it’s thoughts of all the times you’ve tried and failed, or perhaps you’ve succeeded and then put it all back on. You may think off all those delicious treats you’ll be missing – cakes, chocolate or pastries. Or you could imagine all the hard work it’s going to be to fit exercising into your busy life.

These thoughts, and many more, are obscuring the real challenge, your identity. Weight problems are compartmentalised so that you see the little details and hope to change those without changing how you think about yourself and the first step to doing this is to listen to the beliefs you have.

‘It runs in the family’

‘I just can’t resist chocolate’

‘It’s my age’

‘I have a slow metabolism’

‘I’m too busy to exercise’

These are just some of the reasons you may give for being overweight. If you stop to analyse them they are really only excuses you are using to allow you to continue to hold on to a particular identity you feel comfortable with. Change is seen as a stressful process. So how do we make change easier?

Instead of focusing on the result you want – that you look slimmer, or the actions you take – to eat less and exercise more, you must focus on becoming the sort of person who is slim.

Your identity is tied to the beliefs you have about yourself and those beliefs are built by experiences that confirm them. For instance, if you see yourself as intelligent it may be because you did well in school, found it easy to pass exams and were told by others that you were clever. So to see yourself as the sort of person who is slim you start by modelling a slim person and every small win begins to confirm that new identity.

Modelling entails taking on the beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours of the type of person you want to identify with. So if you want to become a slim person you need to model a slim person, rather than an overweight person who has lost weight – a subtle but important difference. The trick is not to spend the rest of your life trying to be an overweight person who has lost weight, and so continually struggling to fight cravings or overeating, worrying about calories or fat content. Some people who have lost weight do become ‘slim people’ but many will always have a mindset which will keep them in that struggle.