Depending on the research consulted, roughly 50% of people drop out of their weight loss program/eating plan within the first 6 weeks and roughly 70% or more at 12 weeks. Some people will actually lose weight and still drop out.
Research suggests various reasons for the high dropout rate, but one key component continually identified is the psychological components of the people in their attempts at weight loss.
I provide a space designed to address the psychological components of weight loss, by using the scientifically evidenced based practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as incorporating various other psychological research related to weight loss.
I aim to walk you through the weight loss journey in assisting you to learn how to identify and work through difficulties, that may be hampering you on your journey to achieving the weight loss you desire.
Whether you have had numerous attempts at weight loss, or if this is your first time, what is covered can be applicable to you.
WHAT IS CBT?
In short, CBT is built on the idea that the way you think, affects how you feel and importantly with weight loss, what you do.
If you think this does not sound relevant to weight loss, consider the last time you “cheated” on something you were not supposed to eat, if you were attempting to lose weight?
The discussion (thoughts) whether to eat that particular food or not, and the decision (thoughts) you made before eating, directly impacted you subsequent behaviour (eating cheat food), and the associated feelings (guilt etc).
Take a moment and think carefully about it. Your thoughts affected your ability to stick to your eating plan.
CBT is therefore used to show you how to identify, work with and challenge your thinking so that you can learn how to think differently and therefore act in more constructive ways to achieve the weight loss you want.
The consultations are not food plans. Therefore what is presented and discussed can be used with any reasonable eating plan.
Learning can also be most effective when you explore it actively and attentively within yourself.
Therefore I will make use of personal reflection exercises, and personal interaction to assist you on your weight loss journey.
I will focus on how to learn to:
Motivate yourself and how to remain motivated.
Identify various triggers which can take your weight loss efforts off course and how to work with them
Strengthen your resistance to cravings and improve your ability to stay in control of your eating
Manage feelings of discouragement and deprivation
Manage and reduce the chances of emotional eating
Identify and work with sabotaging thoughts which can derail your weight loss efforts
Lastly, sometimes people through the process uncover that certain traumas or emotional difficulties can be some of the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their desired weight loss. These difficulties can also be focused on.