How Does It Work?
The WHY program takes a cognitive behavioural approach to the subject of weight reduction and management. It’s all very well following a restrictive diet, or a high intensity exercise regime; but those aren’t realistic for the long term, and often fail to address the core reasons why excess weight has been gained in the first place.
Every one of us has a range of thoughts and feelings associated to food, and these provide the reasons why we make the choices we do. When these associations are not helpful to us, and are even harmful, then there is a problem. So the first stage is identifying and understanding your relationship to food and exercise.
There is always going to be a time when we have cravings, or when we feel a desire to eat something that makes us feel better; classic comfort eating! Don’t get me wrong, a little of what you fancy can be a good thing; but when cravings are constantly on your mind, and food becomes a major cause of comfort, then it clearly shows that there are issues with control, and possibly a lack of coping strategies in place. The WHY program provides insight here and techniques to overcome stress and compulsive decisions that don’t serve you well.
There is also a requirement to complete a detailed food diary…with a difference. I don’t just want you to list everything you consume. I want you to record your reasons for making the choices about what you eat and drink. This will include your emotions, situations that triggered a craving for example, and whether there was any attempt to make a healthy choice, perhaps by looking at the ingredients.
I believe that we all have a pretty good idea about what’s healthy to eat, and what’s not; at least in the most fundamental way. But are you aware of how important protein is as an appetite suppressor? Did you know that muscle actually burns more calories than fat, and therefore being toned can lead to even more fat loss? Would you like to know how certain methods of exercise can stimulate your metabolism so that you continue to burn calories for several hours ‘after’ you finish exercising?
Well I have over 35 years of experience in exercise and nutrition, and can show you how to construct a healthy shopping list, find a suitable exercise program or trainer, eat healthily on a budget, and how to look beyond the misleading advertising around so-called ‘health foods’. There is no reason why you can’t go out with friends or family and enjoy a great meal, it just requires a little knowledge on your part, and perhaps a willingness to ask for a little adjustment by the chef. Knowledge is power, and I will pass on as much as possible over the course of the program.
I use NLP to help you understand how your mind works with regards to your weight issues, and those unhealthy choices that haven’t served you well up to this point. With clarity, comes insight, and I then provide you with techniques to break old cycles of behaviour that hold you back. Stress management and motivation are key here.
You will also receive a number of Hypnotherapy sessions that reinforce,and underpin the component parts of the WHY program, and I provide you with recordings of our sessions so you can continue to absorb positive suggestions in-between sessions.
In addition, you will learn self-hypnosis as a means to manage stress, and formulate a compelling future that keeps you on track during your journey and into your future.