If you're anything like me, you've worried about weight for most of your life. When I was young, I
kept it off by diet and exercise. Then, after having kids, the pounds really piled on. I was the biggest I'd ever been, my self-esteem was at rock-bottom and I became anxious and easily stressed. I tried diets and slimming clubs, losing weight only to put it all back on again.
Eventually, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue, so I trained as a Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner and Life Coach to help myself recover. I learnt powerful and amazing techniques to permanently change my unconscious habits, my mindset and put me in control of emotions and manage stress.
Once recovered, I applied my knowledge to my weight problem, dropping 3 dress sizes. Then, I hand-picked techniques to shape my unique program to share with other women.
You may lose weight on a diet by using your conscious will-power, but once finished, you return to your old habits and behaviours, which are running unchecked in your subconscious mind. My program tackles these from the start.
I research smart food choices and brief exercise tactics, including walking, to fit in with busy lifestyles.
Stress management is an essential component of any weight-loss program, as it causes tiredness and hunger, causing us to reach for high energy snacks.
All of these ingredients became my signature Back To My Best program.
I am fervent about sharing my knowledge with as many women as possible, to free them from the emotional cycle of dieting and help them to take control of their lives. Over the years, I have helped women from all over the world, online and face to face at my consulting room in Chelmsford, Essex.
I'm nothing special, if I can make the changes, anyone can. Find out more about what I can do for you.
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Why Diets Don't Work
Dr Michael Moseley (From BBC's 'Trust Me I'm a Doctor' TV program) summarizes why diets don't work in his book 'The Clever Guts Diet':
'Many people take up a diet, shed loads of fat, plateau, despair, and pile the weight back on.
As we've seen what makes it particularly hard to keep weight off is that, your body fights back, using appetite hormones against you. As your fat cells shrink your body produces more of the hormones that make you hungry and fewer of the ones that suppress appetite.'
If diets were successful, why would there be so many books (25,000 in print), slimming systems and slimming clubs? There are 8 Slimming World clubs and 8 Weight Watchers within a few miles of my home.
Of course, the answer is that they only get you to lose weight for a short time and then pile on the pounds again. They make a lot of money out of dieter's clubs and their special 'slimming foods'. It has been estimated that 95% of dieters put all their lost weight back on AND more.
Diets are bad for you because they make you feel like a failure and that you can only lose weight with a slimming club or system, BUT now you have an alternative: Back To My Best
In their book 'Why Diets Fail', John Talbott and Nicole Avena say that:
'We shouldn't wholly blame ourselves when we crash out of a diet, partly because: Just being on a diet sets you up for failure. Saying that you are going on a diet implies that you will come off said diet at some point; you just need to tough it out for a bit and then you can get back to normal. In other words, consuming more calories than you expend. Long-term results do not this way lie.
There is plenty of evidence that quick-fix approaches to weight loss will never solve the problem: in fact, they are more likely to make you fatter. A review of 31 long-term dieting studies showed that most people who diet actually end up heavier and that:
'Evidence suggests that repeatedly losing and gaining weight is linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and altered immune function.'
One possible explanation is that hormonal changes resulting from restrictive diets mess with our appetites. An Australian study in 2011 showed that hormone levels had still not normalised a full year after its subjects' diets. 'Leptin [a hormone that regulates appetite] falls and ghrelin [a hormone that stimulates appetite] rises after weight loss,' says its author, Joseph Proietto.
Participants in a Columbia University study, who had dieted to shed 10% of their bodyweight, and were therefore low in leptin, were presented with a parade of foods while hooked up to an fMRI scanner, which looks at brain activity. It showed they were responding to the foods with the emotional parts of their brains. They were then given leptin, and their frontal "executive" lobes regained control.'
Set Yourself up for Success: Dump The Dieting for good and Work With Me Today.