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Weight Loss Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Many times each year there is yet another new diet, a celebrity endorsed weight program or a miracle new dieting drug that effects your appetite. These will often work for a short period of time which is probably attributed to the Hawthorne Effect.

The Hawthorne effects comes from a series of psychological experiments to do with efficient of workers in a factory. The lights were dimmed and efficiency increased. The lights were made brighter and efficiency increased. Was it because the staff were being observed or the subject of a study? Who knows, it didn’t last. The changes were temporary.

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Back to weight loss. Just about any new fad diet, if you’ve bought into it, you are going to be highly motivated to stick to it and initially it’s highly likely you will see and feel some difference. Then its likely that a couple of things are going to happen. I will get to these two in a paragraph or two.

Habits are usually very good things to have, when they serve us well. Good habits usually save time, like you don’t need to look round the kitchen cupboards every time you want to make a cup of tea whilst worrying where the kettle and cups are. You got that one nailed, you know it.

Same thing with habits that you want to change. In this instance over eating, eating the kinds of foods that will store fat or addressing any stressors in your life that are temporarily fixed by comfort eating. Perhaps you are thinking of getting married or going on a holiday.

Why You Want To Lose Weight

The majority of people who want to lose weight are not doing this for health reasons though this is a very good reason. Being overweight can contribute to all manner of problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, high cholesterol you name it isn’t good. All of these indicators are signs of Metabolic Syndrome when any and all of these diseased can occur.

The main reason people seem to want to lose weight is to feel better about yourself, have more self esteem and turn you life around. You may also believe it will change how other people see you – right?

Changing habits requires effort and a steady commitment that is both realistic and enjoyable to do or at least not a chore. This requires long term commitment and patient time.

After The Initial Success

Earlier I mentioned that two things are likely to happen after the novelty diet or program wears off.

In no particular order though this is likely the first one, the weight stops coming off and you hit a plateau and your motivational effort goes walk about.

The habits or reasons ( there are many as discussed above ) creep back in such as the reasons you put excess weight on in the first place having never been dealt with or the stressors in you life increase and old habit come walking back in the door, makes itself comfortable and pops open a tub of ice cream.

The body under life’s changing load is attempting to maintain homeostasis. That means the body within some tolerance likes things the way it is. As weight comes off it is natural to stop for a while as a plateau until an new setpoint of weight minus fat can become normal.

This is where its essential to re-examine your motivations and be patient knowing you are continuing to do excellent work, making your new effortful habits become unconscious habits.

Well Informed Eating

This is a very important point that really can’t be overstated. Knowing which macro nutrients will assist in fat storage is essential. The vast majority of The Obesity Epidemic ( see Zoe Harcombe’s excellent book ) can be traced to dietary change in Western World with the advance of processed foods and lobbyist produced very poor governmental advice.

This ranges from advice to eat starchy foods ( carbohydrate sugar ), avoid saturated fats, mindless empty calories of soft drinks and all of the processed food that is available.

Well informed eating is all about eating whole foods. This has nothing to do with raw food smoothies or juicing everything with yogurt. It is ( ideally preparing ) whole foods such as meat, fish and nuts for protein. Cooking with and including natural saturated fats like butter and a little vegetables for carbohydrates.

The bread and butter of fat storage is bread and butter. The body is not going to be storing fat without the presence of sugar ( carbohydrates ). Eat some sugar the pancreas will release insulin ( the hormone of fat storage ) and any excess energy in your blood glucose will be stored away in two distinct phases.

Firstly excess glucose is converted to glycogen which is stored in the muscles and liver as an energy source which is not fat ( adipose tissue) . When there is no more room in the muscles and liver then and only then is any excess energy being stored away as fat.

When there is not enough circulating glucose in the blood then the opposite happens. Glycogen in the liver and muscles is converted to glucose – and the energy crisis is adverted. Need more energy this is when fat cells give up their  winter store and is converted into the much required homeostatic glucose balance.

So clearly in order to be burning fat there is going to have to be an excess load on your body which can range from mental tasks ( yes the brain can use huge amounts of energy ) to walking for exercise. Take your pick.

Simply put weight loss and keeping it off is about eating in ways that are not promoting a great deal of fat storage, doing some exercise all be it mild like walking – I have no desire to be doing circuit training or swimming 50 laps a day and crucially staying motivated.

Newcastle Hypnotherapy can help you get very connected and motivated in both losing weight and more importantly keeping it off and it will require effort on your behalf. There are a lot more aspects of the psychology of weight loss than mention in this article that will be shared with my clients.

If you would like to arrange a free consultation regarding weight loss hypnotherapy in Newcastle follow these instructions to get your questionnaire completed and returned to start making positive changes now.

 

Weight Loss Truths That Will Shock You – Especially Hypnotherapy To Shrink Your Stomach!

There are several hard and potentially disturbing truths that anyone that is seriously interested in weight loss and maintaining the weight off – which are two very different things – must know and understand.

This post will be relevant to all individual people who want and need to lose weigh as well as those of you who are considering using any psychological method such as hypnotherapy to help you lose weight and keep it off.

So here is the first idea we need to explore. Weigh Loss has very little to do with the old idea that reducing the volume of food you consume will help you lose weight. This may be shocking for the bands of hypnotic gastric banding providers who are in essence telling you to control the volume you eat by imagining your stomach is smaller.

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This is the idea, and it sounds like it could be good, is cut down on the amount of food you eat and do more to burn off the excess. But there is abundant research evidence that proves there is no direct relationship between calorie deficit ( eating less calories ) and weigh loss.

But There Is No Direct Link To Weigh Loss And Reducing Food Volume

Its just a small matter but some foods have the potential to make you store fats and put on weight and others do not. So it should be worryingly obvious that gastric banding alone, and I mean the surgical operation, or even reducing the amount you eat can not and will not make you lose weight over any period of time.

In the UK a recent government study shows that 1 in 4 adults are obese and the percentage of male adults that are obese and overweight is 65% and the percentage of female adults that are obese and overweight is 58%. This shocks me and I believe I understand why people are becoming so fat.

In a study by Colleen Rand in relation to being obese ( something which 1 in 4 UK people are ) instead of being obese:

  • 100% would rather be deaf.
  • 89% would rather be blind.
  • 91% would rather have a leg amputated.

The surgical procedure bariatric surgery or as we know it gastric banding is a very extreme form, a last resort if you like, to attempt to control weight gain. It costs between £5000 and £8000 and is used to treat ( possibly the wrong word ) life threatening obesity by restricting the size of the stomach.

There is no direct relationships between the amount of food that you put in your body to the amount of weight you carry. In abundant research there is no direct relationship between calorie deficit ( eating less calories ) and weigh loss.

How Our Bodies Store Fat

There are three food groups and there is only one of them that creates the conditions where it is possible to store fat in a fat cell as a triglyceride.

Lets explore our fat enabling friend the carbohydrate. When you eat carbohydrates, these are essentially sugars, which are broken down to provide energy in the form of glucose. If you don’t use that available glucose it will be stored away as glycogen. That is excess glucose will be stored away as four parts water and one part glycogen.

When we eat carbohydrates our friend the hormone of plenty, insulin, does its part to return the blood glucose level to the more usual state. So insulin converts glucose into glycogen to be stored in the muscles and liver as an on tap energy source.

There are two types of human body fat. One is know as fatty acids which are small chain molecules that are burned up for energy. The other form is known as triglycerides. A triglyceride is three fatty acids bound up with glycerol. A triglyceride within a fat cell will need to be broken down into the simpler fatty acid to pass the fat cell membrane and be used as a fuel.

The more glucose available to fat cells the more glycerol can be made. If there is more glycerol available there is more fat that can be stored in the fat cells as triglycerides. And where is an amazingly abundant source of glucose? You got it carbohydrates.

Fat storage can only occur when there are carbohydrates and glucose present in the body. It is that simple.

How Our Bodies Utilise Fat

How fat is stored is different to how our bodies will utilise stored fat. Working in position to insulin released from the pancreas is another pancreatic hormone glucagon. This little helper converts stored glycogen in the liver into glucose.

In response to falling blood sugar the pancreas produces glucagon and in turn the fatty acids stored in the liver are utilised to provide fuel for the body. If there is no glucose and carbohydrates available then and only then will the stored triglycerides begin to be broken down and use as energy.

When the triglycerides are being broken down with an enzyme lipase the fatty acids are released and the glycerol can be converted into glucose for use in the brain.

So I hope you have a very clear understanding that restricting the amounts you can eat has nothing to do with what you eat and that when you are eating any form of carbohydrates and glucose you are creating the conditions for fat storage. The evil little fat hoarder is carbohydrates.

Psychological And Knowledge Aspects To Long Term Weight Loss

This is where I can help you. What is absolutely critical in maintaining a lighter and healthier weight is a two fold approach.

The first aspect is you are armed and equipped with the right information that will help you. The latest NHS advice gives old and outdated advice and information. It may work but then again all of the information about foods, weight and weigh loss is not there or is outdated or just plain wrong. Check out NHS guideline and info for yourself right here and be sure to read the comments!

I have attempted to give you up to date and correct information that can help you both understand and actualise your eating, exercising and above all knowledge of what certain food types is actually doing in your body.

The second aspect is the psychological methods that you will probably require to maintain and support a continued new lifestyle where I will help you address underlying aspects of how you can learn to eat much less carbs and have a more active and healthy lifestyle.

Because weight loss is not so much about weight loss it is about what keeping the weigh off long term really means to you. When you want professional psychological help using a variety of means please do get in touch.

Telephone consultations are free and take around twenty minutes. Call now. 0770 481 8467

 

Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss : Psychological Relationship with Food

Newcastle Hypnotherapy for help with loosing weight and maintaining a healthy attitude towards yourself and your relationship with food. To find out how hypnotherapy can help with the psychological relationship with food, read on.

Hypnotherapy can be used to help you deal with emotional, psychological and environmental aspects of eating. This could mean using food or snacks to deal with stress and negative emotional issues. Or learning to stop ‘snacking’ on junk food treats.

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Weight loss, and healthy long term maintenance is not about fad diets, not just about how much you eat vs how much you burn off, its not just about your psychology. So not surprisingly it is all of these aspects and more.

The foods we eat are divided into three groups. Fats, Protein and Carbohydrates. Some of these are used to build and maintain our body while others ( fatty acids and sugars ) provide the fuel.

Surplus energy from fats, carbohydrates and sugars is stored in the body. Fatty acids and glycerol form triglycerides, stored in your fat cells and glucose forms glucogen which is stored in the muscles and liver.

Clearly, having a good and balanced diet is important. Continue to eat too much and store too much fat means you will become fat. A dietician and nutritionist can provide with all the above informations and even work our a new regime or suggest a new diet.

When latest diets, joining a new gym or a whole new eating regime doesn’t work for you for the umpteenth time it is a good idea to explore the psychological aspects of your relationship with food.

Psychological Relationship with Food

Hypnotherapy as any psychotherapeutic practice can, can help you change your perceived motivations, ideas and thoughts about food, eating and weight. This is not just a psychological issue because thoughts create and feed emotions as emotions can create thoughts.

More than two thirds of people eat more when they are stressed or emotionally challenged. This could be a craving for high carbohydrate foods or simply a grazing behaviour to help cope. This means stress and emotional states alter apatite.

High carbohydrate, fatty and sugary foods taste good to most people. When these becomes used as a pick me up for low moods, stress alleviation or even to relieve boredom they can become coping habits.

At a simplistic and at the same time very honest level, overeater’s are using food as a coping mechanism, a coping behaviour.

When a habit or coping behaviour is acted out, there is, a reward actually felt for doing that behaviour. Long term these kinds of behaviours can produce guilt, shame and create the negative spiral of yo yo quitting. Why because they never address the real issue. Yet coping behaviours for a short while do the trick.

There are two very effective aspects you can address to change your psychological relationship with food and how you eat.To make honest and lasting change you need to be honest with yourself.

  • First, get very clear about why you want to lose weight.  This is usually nothing to do with health, looks or even weight loss!
  • The second is acknowledging and addressing the underlying causes for eating the ways you have.

For professional hypnotherapy in Newcastle upon Tyne for weight loss. Call Nigel Hetherington for a free no obligation consultation. 0770 481 8467