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Many clients come to my hypnotherapy clinic here in Leatherhead to lose weight. In the summer when the weather is ideal for salads and fresh fruit then we may feel losing weight should be easier. But on hot days the temptation to reach for an ice cream or cold drink can be a source of excess calories.
Here in Leatherhead over the last few days we have had a heatwave with temperatures not reached since 1976. The local supermarket had sold out of many popular ice creams and sales of fizzy drinks have soared. Sales of Pimms and Gin are also at record levels.
Ice Cream is a treat on a hot day but it should be instead of our usual treat of a biscuit, cake or even that packet of crisps. Even fruit juice is full of sugar and can sabotage our attempts at weight loss in hot weather.
Many clients who have come to me here at my Leatherhead clinic say it has been too hot to eat but when they felt hungry later in the evening they have then snacked on biscuit, crackers and crisps. A light meal with chicken or fish and salad with be healthier more nutritious and easy to prepare. If the kitchen is too hot to switch on the cooker buying ready cooked chicken from the supermarket is not being lazy when the sun is blazing down. The evening barbecue can be a meal loaded with fat if the regular barbecue favourites of sausages and burgers become a staple in hot weather. Replacing these with chicken or fish, even vegetable kebabs are a tasty alternative.
Weight loss with hypnotherapy is not about going on a diet and saying no to treats and ice cream. It is about making the right choice where food is concerned. It’s about remembering that a treat is not a treat if you have it everyday. Hypnotherapy can help reprogram your subconscious mind to eat more slowly to choose the right food. It can also help you to eat in smaller quantities and to savour the flavour. After all a meal is not a race to the finish but an enjoyable experience.