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Have you put on weight over the summer holidays, do you despair of ever losing weight?
Have you eaten too many ice creams, cakes, afternoon teas and puddings that have added to your waistline, causing you to either put on more weight or put back on the pounds you so carefully lost in the spring?
Don’t give up. Don’t tell yourself that you will never eat another ice cream, cake, chocolate or packet of crisps again because that way leads to failure. Depriving yourself never works in the long term.
Look again at the first paragraph ‘Have you eaten too many ice creams, cakes…etc?. The clue is in the words ‘too many’, and often when we have deprived ourselves of all things nice we end up over indulging. The villains aren’t the cakes and chocolate, the problem lies with eating too many of them.
Next time you are tempted to have a treat then indulge in the treat and enjoy it to the fullest even if it’s only a biscuit; don’t eat it standing up in the kitchen hoping no one will see you. Put the biscuit on a plate, sit in a comfy armchair, eat it slowly and savour the flavour.
If you enjoy your treats in this way then they become more satisfying, something to indulge in, something to look forward to. For example, tell yourself that when you have finished this job, you will have whatever your favourite indulgence is and look forward to it and enjoy it. Then carry on with your work feeling rewarded. Instead of buying family bags of fun size treats or bargain biscuits, treat yourself to the best you can afford then savour the flavour and make them last.
This way you will find you are eating less in the way of fattening snack foods and you will find it easier to lose weight and more importantly keep the weight at bay.
I have worked as a hypnotherapist in Leatherhead and London and I also teach hypnotherapy and train new hypnotherapists. I offer a full range of services including anxiety coping mechanisms, stress relief, weight loss, stop smoking and treatment for phobias online. Please get in touch to find out more.