Diets are the problem – they don’t work ! What you need is a proven system that includes psychological and behavioural changes. Many therapists have been saying for years – diets don’t work. Now research supports what they have been saying for over fifteen years. The key to weight loss is in the mind. Research has shown that for 84 percent of people, diets don’t work, and they definitely don’t work in the long term.
A group of researchers from Yale University, the leading university in America, concluded that obesity should be treated as a behavioural problem. Diets are useless, they are actually creating the problem. Over time, they cause people to gain weight – have you ever worked your butt off to lose a few kilos only to find something “snaps” and in a heartbeat you’ve put those few kilos back on, plus a couple of extra kilos ? You are not alone. Research shows that the vast majority of dieters end up gaining weight. Even at Yale, the Paediatric Weight Solutions Program starts with behavioural and lifestyle modifications.
Diet apps, diet clubs and low fat, low sugar food substitutes have all been relentlessly advertising over the last forty years. During that time, obesity has grown from being a small problem for a small number of the population to one of the biggest threats to health in the Western World. Often people have been bouncing from one diet to another diet. At first they lose weight and think they are being successful, but in reality they are starving themselves. And they price they pay is slowing down their metabolism by gaining yet more weight when they stop the diet.
Diets push the body into survival mode.As soon as the dieter tries to relax the food restrictions, even for a moment, the body tries to recover from starvation by eating to lay down fat to protect itself. As a result, 70 percent of dieters end up heavier than when they started. This is one reason why spending money at diet clubs and on diet apps is a rip off and isn’t good value for money.
This is where a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Hypnotherapy can be effective for long-term weight loss.
ACT encourages you to embrace your thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them.
It may seem confusing at first, but ACT paired with mindfulness-based therapy offers clinically effective treatment.
ACT develops psychological flexibility and is a form of behavioural therapy that combines mindfulness skills with the practice of self-acceptance. When aiming to be more accepting of your thoughts and feelings, commitment plays a key role. In the case of ACT, you commit to facing the problem head-on rather than avoiding your stresses. Imagine committing to actions that help you facilitate your experience and embrace any challenge.
Hypnotherapy uses the power of your imagination and your mind to permanently implant suggestions and employs aversion therapy for long lasting results with your weight loss.