Weight-loss at Christmas is something of a nightmare. Someone told me the other day that in order to burn off the calories gained by eating just one mince pie you would have to complete about 25 minutes of Burpees.
Now, if you have ever tried to do a burpee you will know that this is not something you want to spend time on over Christmas.
The thing about a calorie control diet is that it focusses on just that one thing – calories. Our thinking around calories tends to be:

calories in = bad; calories burned = good

If you’re a fan, as I am – the fact that a mince pie is a gorgeous hit of spicy fruity sweetness and we are saying ‘hello’ to a potentially lovely time of year when we have our first one, doesn’t enter into the equation.
In our minds it probably looks more like this:Read more »

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There can be many ways in which we can be uncomfortable about our bodies. The most common, perhaps, is when we become aware that we are not that particular size, or weight that we ‘should’ be.

That ‘should be’ can come from lots of sources. It may be a standard we believe is set by our society, our friends, the media. It could be a measure our parents have handed down to us, unintentionally or intentionally, by trying to manage our food intake – ‘don’t eat too many cakes or you’ll get fat’.

You may be someone who has experienced those patterns of putting on the pounds and then intensively dieting and exercising to lose them again, only to find that a few months later you are back where you started or worse! Alternatively you may have just always been ‘big’ in comparison to others and feel that there is nothing you can do about it.

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One of the most common reasons that people turn to hypnotherapists for help is to lose weight. Celebrities like Lily Allen have made dramatic changes to their appearance through hypnosis. The internet is full of their success stories.
I think people recognise that inevitably, no matter how easy an eating plan is advertised to be, ultimately only motivation and commitment will enable you to stick to it. There are thousands of diets out there for those who are uncomfortable with the way they look. There are the big slimming clubs like Weight Watchers and Slimming World. There are hundreds of book-based diets like Atkins and the G-plan, and there are quirky diets like the ‘cabbage soup’ diet.
If I was being cynical I would begin to wonder if pretty much any diet, whether based on science or otherwise will help some people lose weight.Read more »

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