Beach body or beach ball?

Summer has arrived. Half the year is gone already and all those promises you made to yourself and resolutions you made on New Year’s day are long forgotten. Disillusionment, guilt, disgust, disbelief are just a few of the emotions you are feeling right now. Whether your holiday is next week or next month it’s not too late to get back on track.

The choice is yours – do you want to go on holiday feeling all the above having given up hope of getting rid of any weight or toning up and just accepting your lot? With that feeling of failure which will hang over you like a big fat cloud spoiling your holiday? Or do you want to start today? Even if you only lose a few pounds between then and the day you depart, won’t you feel better? More motivated? Focused? In control? Happy with yourself that at least you are doing something to make the holiday more enjoyable?
There is a big difference between giving up on yourself and resigning yourself to always being overweight. You can give up trying to lose weight every day but go for it again the next day or you can resign yourself to accepting you can’t change. How many people do you know who start a diet on a Monday and by the Wednesday they have indulged and decide to start again – the following Monday – 5 days away! Why not accept you had a blip and start again immediately.

The diet industry is designed to make you fail again and again and again. If all these diet programmes truly worked they would soon be out of business as there would be no need for people to follow their process again. They are designed to work while you remain on them but they rely on repeat business so if you stop attending their classes or stop buying their diet products you soon pile back on the original weight – and more. Before you know it you become a ‘yoyo’ dieter losing weight whilst on the specific diet then piling it back on again when you stop and because your body is constantly adjusting to this feast or fast method, it automatically starts to store the fat. Your body learned to do this thousands of years ago as eating relied on hunting and foraging so the body learned to store fat for in times of fasting.

Today, food in developed countries is plentiful so we no longer experience true starvation but our bodies don’t know that and therefore is tricked into thinking it has to store during a feast. There are many, many diet programmes out there offering different methods to lose weight. Some count calories, others measure food groups, some allow ‘treats/sins’, some restrict intake on certain days, others dictate you can only eat 2 or 3 types of food for the duration of the diet. The problem with many of these diets is that they are not sustainable long term. Who wants to be restricted to eating the same food over and over again? Who wants to spend all day weighing and measuring every morsel?

Anyone can develop a diet eating practically anything and still help you to lose weight. If I suggested to you that you could go on the pizza diet and eat a slice for breakfast, lunch and dinner you would most likely lose weight as the actual calorie intake would be less than the recommended daily allowance to maintain a stable body weight. It sounds easy, eating your favourite junk food 3 times a day but you would tire of it very, very quickly.
All the diet programmes in the world cannot help you if you do not have the right mindset. For many people, the very thought of restricting their intake immediately leaves them feeling hungry. Monday morning they tell themselves they are starting a new diet. An hour later they are obsessing about all the food they are denying themselves. Food becomes the main topic of conversation. They announce to everyone that they are on a diet and either bore people with calorie counting or worse, commentate on their non-dieting friend's portion sizes.

Hypnotherapy is a very successful method to help you get rid of weight for good. The hypnotherapist addresses your unconscious mind, looking at the reasons and behaviours which cause you to overeat in the first place. For some people, this may be boredom or habit or low self-esteem. For others, it may have been instilled in them from a very young age to finish everything on their plate whether they were full up or not. Challenging these behaviours and exchanging them for more positive ones can help you get on the right track. A therapist will look at why you eat, not how much you eat as often it is the behaviours behind the eating that has to be addressed. The therapist may use a variety of techniques to help you reach your goal. As well as hypnosis he may use parts integration, compulsion/revulsion and thought field therapy (TFT). These are useful aids to ensure you keep on track and not obsess about food. The word ‘diet’ will be omitted from your vocabulary as it is a lifestyle change you want to achieve and not just to go on another faddy diet.

“You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be” – David Viscott

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Written by Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp

Biodun Ogunyemi is the founder of Optimind, one of the leading hypnotherapy practices within the UK. He has practised on Harley Street and is an experienced hypnotherapist, trained to the highest level in advanced hypnotherapy and NLP and is the author of over 180 hypnosis products.… Read more

Written by Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp

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