Why I believe diets don't work in the long term
Have you tried to lose weight in the past but found after a while the weight goes back on? This is something I hear a lot.
Often the word diet is associated with some kind of restriction - or rules around what you can & can't have. The risk with this kind of approach is that it can often lead to feelings of guilt if you 'cheat' or have a food that is deemed 'bad'. This in turn, can lead to overeating, as a way to make yourself feel better again. Before you know it you are in the vicious circle of eat - guilt- eat more - more guilt.
How my approach is different
I try to steer away from any word that resembles 'restriction', or anything that praises one food and demonises another. Using this approach can reduce feelings of guilt & promote positivity.
My approach to weight loss is slow & steady, in line with NHS recommendations for safe weight loss. By this, I'm talking 1-2lb weight loss a week, where evidence has shown to be a more effective way of keeping the weight off for good. There's no magic wand or quick fix to successful weight loss. It takes time, a lot of dedication and effort, but it's definitely something that's achievable.
Behaviour change is also a really important aspect to focus on, alongside diet and lifestyle changes. Many people describe themselves as 'emotional eaters' so it's important to delve a little deeper to try and get to the root cause of what may be triggering this behaviour. Without addressing this area, then I feel we are only focussing on half the picture to achieve sustainable weight loss.
I don't offer specific meal plans, but instead, I will provide you with the knowledge and skills to empower you to be able to go away and make the changes for yourself.
No diets & no need to totally give up the foods you love. It's more about aiming towards healthier choices. Think 80/20 rule - so 80% of the time striving towards a healthy balanced diet, and 20% of the time having a bit of what you fancy.
Combining physical activity, alongside diet and lifestyle changes, is also a key factor.
I have developed a weight loss programme which will cover all aspects to enable YOU to achieve your weight loss goal....and keep it off for good.
Please feel free to to discuss further
Weight Loss Programme - how it works
What's worked in the past, what hasn't
Pros and Cons to weight loss
Emotional eating and strategies to overcome it
Short and long term weight loss targets
Discussion around the 3 key areas to long term sustainable weight loss:
Regular eating pattern
Healthy balanced meals
Analysis of 3-day food diary using dietary analysis software
Physical Activity & Lifestyle
Discussion of current activity levels & recommended guidelines.
Simple ways to increase activity to fit into your lifestyle
Ways to improve your sleep
Tips to keep you motivated
Set SMART goals going forward