Welcome to the Weight Loss Program.
The weight we are depends on a number of things:
What we eat: How much we eat: How we eat: How much we exercise. But the biggest influencers here are undoubtedly the first two – the What? and the How much?
These factors have changed enormously over the past few decades and we see a direct correlation between the incidences of people being overweight or obese* and just what we eat and how much of it.
Not only that but Type 2 Diabetes is increasing, seemingly out of control – in the UK, this doubled in the decade to 2012 and is predicted to double again by 2025. This is known to be related to obesity.
The idea of ‘diets’ to lose weight really took off in the 1950s and 1960s – this wasn’t really considered until then. The wealthiest people in society were the fattest and the poorest were the thinnest – a situation which now seems, curiously, to have been reversed.
And obesity continues to affect more and more people – children and adults alike. We are fatter than ever – and the problem has spread around the world.
Another curiosity is that we now have many obese people who are malnourished. These people eat a lot but their food is deficient in essential nutrients.
There is something in the modern diet which is making us fat. It is sugar.
You may wish to check in your supermarket on items which contain added sugar. You may be surprised at just how many items contain added sugar and just how much they contain. And this is not just confectionery, this is savoury foods too.
When your blood sugar becomes too high – and very high blood sugar is extremely dangerous – insulin (produced by the pancreas) mops it up and stores it in various tissues in the form of fat – this is all it can do and this mechanism is saving your life. Unfortunately, sugar tends to stimulate the appetite and if we combine this with a ‘sugar low’ – your insulin just saved you – then we need to eat again. And so the cycle continues and we get fat. The ensuing reduction in sensitivity to insulin which can so easily happen leads to Diabetes – and our life-saving insulin is no longer working.
The Weight Loss Program takes a number of approaches, depending on your circumstances (age, weight, complications).
We may take the approach of installing a Hypnotic Gastric Band (HGB) – just like a surgical Gastric Band but applied psychologically and without the risks. Your perception is your reality – if you believe that you are full, then you will stop eating. This is the principle of HGB and is clearly about Portion Control.
Combined with this – or more commonly instead of this, depending on your profile – we recognise that your eating (the What and the How Much of what you eat) is a set of behaviours. Hypnotherapy is a superb tool for modifying behaviours so that we can install new automatic behaviours which means that you eat food which is enjoyable, satisfying, healthy and completely supports you in quickly reaching a healthy weight (BMI 18.50 to 24.99). In addition, it is important that you maintain your healthy weight by not really having to think about what you eat – these new behaviours have become automatic.
I normally complete the program in 3 or less sessions.
Thanks for reading this – there is quite a lot of information here but I find it useful to present how the mechanism works so that we can take a scientific approach.
My hypnotherapy practice serves the West coast of Scotland and is based in Milngavie, near Glasgow.
* Overweight and Obese: The World Health Organisation define these as when a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.50 and 24.99 = Overweight; BMI over 30.00 = Obese.
Where BMI = Weight Kg / (Height m) x (Height m)