Weight loss: the uncomplicated basics …
There are almost innumerate variables when it comes to weight loss and this is one of the main reasons why, I believe, it can be difficult to motivate oneself to begin the journey. The questions can quite quickly begin flying around our heads - is my weight to do with my diet, to do with my lack of exercise or to do with genetics? Within each of these questions can be a vortex of other questions - let us take ‘diet’ for example: is this to do with my meal content, meal size or to do with my snacking?
It is easy to see then how, getting lost within these maze of questions, we can become exhausted by the mere contemplation of why we are a different size than we might like to be. Having said this, however, I’d like to quote my boxing coach who yesterday said: ‘In life there are simple things, there are complicated things and there are simple things that we make complicated’. I believe that the basics of weight loss are simple - this is not to be confused with easy because the execution is more difficult than the theory but the theory IS simple.
Firstly, we must let go of the idea that our weight issues are genetic - yes, they may well be but this is outside of our sphere of influence and we must, therefore, not waste energy thinking about it as it will only serve to demotivate us. Instead, we must focus on what we can change - our diet and our exercise. On a basic level we should be doing the following as basic first steps as we strive towards our optimum weight:
Avoid processed foods. That’s it. Forget about fancy ‘diets’ which may be unhealthy and/or unsustainable and focus instead upon eating things which are as natural as possible. You’ll find also that it is generally harder to overeat when indulging in natural products.
Walk as much as possible - forsake short bus/train journeys and walk
If you are looking to lose weight and don’t know where to start then start with the above. Yes, you can adjust and fine-tune your eating habits and exercise over time but start with the basics. I believe that the diet and exercise market is filled with over-complications which cause an individual to feel as if they are about to attempt to ascend an impossibly steep mountain which dissuades us from taking the first step and makes us feel as if we are predetermined to fail. Take the first two steps as outlined above and see how you feel in a couple of months - in my experience, at that point, the mountain will already feel less steep.
Hypnosis can be a very useful tool which can help us to achieve the above and then, in time, to build upon that foundation. Keep weight loss simple: the body will react, in almost all cases, to cleaner eating and additional exercise - no need to reinvent the wheel!
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About Charlie Sunda
Hypnotherapist (qualifying with distinction) with an MA in psychology and a BA in philosophy. I use hypnotherapy every day to help people fulfil their goals and I hope very much that you will be the next person to experience the power of hypnotherapy and enjoy changes that it can facilitate. I also offer psychotherapy, life coaching and CBT.