Weight Management

Weight Management Coaching


It is very difficult to lose weight, people can try countless diets and physical exercise programmes that initially help them to lose weight but then the weight becomes more difficult to lose.
Diets and fads can promise overnight miracles but in reality very few help you to lose weight and maintain that weigh loss. Most people who diet continue to try different methods but ‘Yo yo’ dieting actually increases your weight over time as it disrupts your metabolism.

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Being overweight has many disadvantages - primarily on your health but also on your self esteem. There are social connotations to being overweight, and people who are overweight are often considered negatively.
Obesity - has previously been considered a moral issue, a consequence of emotional problems. However there are many reasons why people put on weight - it maybe genetic, you maybe sleeping too much or too little (in particular if you have sleep apnea - better known as snoring). Viruses and illnesses that affect the gut bacteria can increase your weight as well as certain medications can make you put on weight. Life style issues such as living in central heated homes, having a sedentary lifestyle (working in a seated office job), and eating in front of the TV also contributes to weight gain.

Unhelpful thoughts and beliefs about hunger - for example that going without food for long periods of time will help you to lose weight! This is not true!
Going without food for long periods of time usually sets off uncontrollable cravings for high calorie foods as your blood sugar level drops and the need to replenish glucose in your blood becomes imperative. Neglecting to eat and bingeing in this way leads to mood swings and depression as well as diabetes and does not help you to lose weight, in fact at times it makes you gain weight. Starvation is often followed by inappropriate hunger, binge eating, changes in appetite for foods rich in sugar and fat and persist beyond the dieting period.

However if you have put on weight and are finding it difficult to lose the weight you may need help to understand the behaviour that contributes to your weight gain, understanding how nutrition and eating healthy foods may not only help you to lose weight but also help you to stabilise your moods ****
being unable to make changes that would help you to .
Diets often help us tools weight temporarily, this is because most diets have helped your release most of the water in your body and therefore the scales are lighter. Unfortunately dieting and losing weight like this is counterproductive although many applaud it.

How many times have you heard “you’ve lost weight - you look great” as opposed to “your looking healthier these days”?

Losing weight and being thin has taken on a status in our culture and there dieting is BIG BUSINESS.

However dieting starts to mess up your metabolic system as it senses that it is not receiving enough food! Primal alert your system and slows down your metabolic rate to digest and conserve the food you are eating more effectively. Stop starting your metabolic rate and the way you burn calories over time confuses the system and therefore losing weight becomes more difficult.

I help to people to lose weight by changing their lifestyles. I do not impose strange diets of vegetable juice and cabbage soups or strange milkshake substitutes, that tend to leave most people starving and craving for food. This is a phenomena that was noted in the post war Ancel Keys study on starvation. More recently the Bear Gryllis Island experiments also show the psychological affects of food deprivation on participants. They become clumsy, vulnerable, sleepy, aggressive etc. as their bodies and minds become starved.
If you are interested in learning more about this there is a detailed report Ancel Keys study on starvation - http://www.apa.org/monitor/2013/10/hunger.aspx

Here at Hope Therapy we look to motivate, coach and inform you of better ways to manage your weight.

This is a programme that works only if you are ready to change your lifestyle. The choice of entering into treatment for weight management has to be a decision you make for yourself - not because your husband, sister, boyfriend, mother, father or anyone else demands it of you. It is your decision that will help you to lose weight.

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Help to develop Self Regulation - as it is amongst the traits that predicts emotional Health, happiness and success in life.

Long term studies by Psychologists regarding impulse control see children that are able to wait for a rewqrd as opposed to eating all the sweets often grow into balanced individuals who are less likely to engage in harmful lifestyles such as drug taking and criminality, but develop into responsible adults who succeed in their studies and go on to develop careers and relationships that are healthy and rewarding.

If you want to lose weight you must start to regulate your weight loss and apply self control over temptation. By consciously working on self regulation we hope that it becomes automatic and this will help you to sustain weight loss.

To help individuals self regulate you must have reached a turning point which will motivate you to change

If it is difficult to give up your treats DOWNSIZE!


and eat something healthy with it!


This will helps you to get the pleasure from what you like as well as the nutrition from something healthy -

Some of the foods we like can be harmful to us - like aspartame. Start reading the labels on foodstuff to evaluate what you are putting into your body and whether you want to take the risk?

Teenagers are particularly susceptible to eating disorders such as anorexia, bulim.ia or binge eating self harm and depression.

Start including healthy foods in your diet - make sure that you include a portion of Calcium, Complex Carbohydrates, Fruit and Vegetables, Protein (optional) and Fat (optional) in each meal.

Superfoods - are nutritiously dense foods - try to include them in your meals
you can also include gala melon, calves liver,olive oil, garden peas, broccoli, papaya, blue plums, apricots