Why does dieting make you gain weight?
It's simple - once you tell yourself you 'can't' or you're 'not allowed' to have something you enjoy, all your brain does is keep repeating 'I want, I need...'
As I've mentioned before, negative words have a direct affect on the brain and immediately create anxiety and stress.
I worked with two weight loss clients today, both on their second sessions*. One opted for the Virtual Gastric Band and the other Weight Loss Management. Both programmes are based on 'eating smaller amounts'. One client has lost 4kg in one week, the other 1.5kg, "I am truly amazed because I am eating exactly the same foods as I was before, just reducing", commented one of the ladies. She went on to say "it's such freedom to not keep obsessing about food. When I did weight-watches I'd think about food all day and work out my points - and what was the maximum I could have."
Why does this programme work? Because it's not about denial - its about eating until you're comfortable full. You wouldn't go to a petrol station and keep pouring petrol into your car, letting it spill onto the garage forecourt would you? So why are you doing it to your body, using your stomach like a waste bin?
Once the subconscious takes on the fact that food is no longer used as a coping mechanism for whatever is causing someone to overeat, then weight just seems to drop off.
Dieting is merely engaging the conscious mind. So conflict is created between the subconscious and conscious - hence the obsessive thoughts about food resulting in you eating more and wanting it even more!
* The Virtual Gastric Band and the Weight Loss Programme are four sessions run over four weeks.
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Irena-Marie Makowska is a Mind Coach, specialised in BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT®), Psychology of Identity and Behaviour; Clinical Hypnotherapy; Transformational Coaching and Mindfulness.