'Deciding to book an appointment with Marcia is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have tried everything to lose weight from prescription and over the counter medications to meal replacements and healthy eating/not so healthy eating diet's. Nothing has worked. I have lost weight on various healthy eating diets but struggled doing so because being told that I could eat what I wanted, when I wanted meant something different to me than it did to the person who devised the diet! I felt guilty if I was 'naughty', then would stop all together. I would eat when I was sad, I would eat when I was happy, I didn't actually need an excuse I'd just eat anyway! If I was upset it would be nothing for me to pop to town and buy a family size dessert and eat the lot in one go along with anything else I bought while in the shop.
Since working with Marcia, I really do eat what I want when I want it! She's helped me to recognise when I'm physically hungry and reassured me it's ok to fulfil that hunger with what ever I want (I mean anything!!) without feeling guilty! I no longer cook separate meals for me but eat exactly the same as the rest of my family. I've lost 3 stones so far in total, although I'm not obsessed with weighing myself and I am fitting into jeans and trousers that were too small for me 4 years ago when bought! I also enjoy exercising regularly, pre Marcia I always had an excuse why I couldn't/didn't exercise. I could go on and on singing Marcia's praises! But I'm aware that I must be sounding like an advert which honestly I'm not. I'm just very grateful that I tried her, the money I've spent is less than I was spending on the food that I binged on. I feel better than I have in a long time, Marcia's sessions really have changed my life.'
Research shows that the majority of diets fail long term, and not only do dieters usually put on the weight they have lost, but often they put on extra weight too. You only have to look on the front of any magazine to see the new ‘wonder’ diet that promises to help you lose lbs quickly. Studies have also shown that people following a diet over a two year period gained more weight than others that didn’t follow a diet. Yoyo dieting can mess up your metabolism and is also linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and altered immune function.
Usually one of the first things that needs to be done when seeing a slimming client is to de-hypnotise them from ‘fad diet’ living. Being on a diet makes you obsess over food, so you find yourself thinking about food most of the time – making it extremely difficult to eat less. You only have to ask a few people who are naturally slim to find out that this is not the case for them, they mostly only think about food when they are hungry. Also if you try to deprive yourself from certain food, what usually happens is that after a period of abstinence and strong willpower the ‘rebel’ inside us takes over and we end up binging on the food we were trying to avoid. This can then lead us to feel angry, guilty and depressed which in turn can lead to more cravings, and so the cycle starts again.
Many people continue to believe that there is some magical quick fix answer to weight loss. The truth is there isn’t a quick fix, if that was true then the magazines wouldn’t need to invent a new ‘wonder’ diet every issue. To lose weight the individual needs to be committed to long-term changes to their eating habits and lifestyle. 90% of people are overweight because they eat too much and don’t exercise.
We have been working with clients for weight loss for over a decade. During that time she has developed a system for weight loss that is unique to the individual. Hypnotherapy and CBT methods are used to identify and help re-programme the faulty thought patterns and behaviour that leads to weight gain. New messages are created for the individual that encourages them to recognise the difference between physical hunger, and emotional hunger. The subconscious mind is encouraged to get back to the basics of eating when hungry, and stopping when full. Some people overeat because of emotional reasons that can be from the past or the present. The Counselling relationship is used to explore these issues in a safe, confidential, warm and empathic way. Overeating is often a reaction to anxiety, loneliness and depression,. Again these issues can be explored in the most appropriate way for the individual. Motivation techniques are used to encourage exercise. Some people suffer with intense cravings for particular foods like chocolate or crisps. Marcia teaches these clients a quick, easy and effective way of reducing and banishing these cravings. For overweight people with a high BMI (25 and above), then the Hypno-Band weight loss system may be an option. This is a technique that involves having a virtual gastric band fitted. For more information on the Hypno-Band system click here.
What is paramount to the success of any of the treatments offered by Marcia is your commitment. You must be prepared to make lifestyle and behaviour changes – no-one can do that for you. You need to be realistic about your weight loss goals – a healthy and realistic weight loss is between 1-4 lbs a week. You will be required to do some work between sessions like listening to a reinforcing Hypnotherapy CD, keeping a food and thought diary, or practicing other techniques that you may be taught. What Marcia offers to you is her commitment and expertise in finding the best way to assist you to achieve a happy, slimmer and healthier you.
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