Losing weight and having the ideal body shape is something that a lot of my clients desire.
Unfortunately weight loss and management of that loss is too often tied up with our emotions for haven't we all turned to chocolate when stressed or stated that we MUST go for a meal to celebrate a success or even stopped eating when worried. It seems that whichever way we turn, society and our culture have inextricably linked food with emotion.
It is my belief that if losing weight were easy then there would be no need for the myriad of slimming clubs and diets currently available.
Often the best approach is not a sticking plaster approach of a new diet but rather identifying and resolving the underlying issues why you lose weight and put it back on. Looking at the underlying issues puts an end to the yo-yo diet mentality, the soul destroying feeling of giving up because "it just hasn't worked AGAIN", the self loathing of bodies and shapes and the false hope that this time, things will be different.
Of course, there are different types of dieters but most of the clients I see fall into the "seen it, done it and bought the t-shirt area".
Solutions differ depending on whether you are a short term sufferer in the lower half of the obese to morbidly obese index or a life long sufferer or morbidly obese. Therapy can help find out why you are maintaining a large size or feel a need to eat excessively.
I aim to treat the cause not the symptom of being overweight, I aim to look at the reasons clients need the excess food and what options are open for them to address these reasons, clients can then make an informed choice about weight loss which may include doing nothing or having a goal of getting fitter, once you feel you understand why you are behaving the way you do then you are often able to report that weight simply isn't the huge issue it was, it is simply something in your life that potentially needs addressing, it is no longer the be all and end all of your life and puts an end to the "I feel food controls my life or I am forever on a diet" comments.
Once clients are in a more enlightened and empowered state then I offer the Virtual Gastric Band programme for weight loss or you can simply join your own slimming group.
The Virtual Gastric Band programme is also available for clients who just want a pure and simple weight loss programme.