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The Psychology of Eating and Weight Management

Excess weight makes everything difficult:

  • walking, exercising,
  • buying clothes,
  • travelling on a plane, and
  • playing with your children or grandchildren.

After losing weight, most people regain it (plus more!)    You have most likely tried all sorts of diets and weight loss strategies already. Chances are that anytime you have found one that ‘works’ and lost weight, you have eventually gained it again (plus a bit extra).    Diets are hard work and often leave you feeling like you don’t have enough will power.    You probably know exactly what you ‘should’ be doing but find that you can’t follow through long term and with each failed attempt, you feel more depressed and hopeless about your weight.

The Cost of Weight

Physical health problems.

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Some cancers
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis

Emotional and social problems

  • Poor body image
  • Shame and disgust
  • Difficulty socialising
  • Bullying
  • Discrimination in the workplace
  • Relationship stress
  • Impact on children

How Psychology Helps

There is hope!   It is essential that we learn what is getting in the way of your attempts to be healthy. For example it could be binge eating or emotional eating. You might have problems prioritising your own needs and being assertive about them. Once we work this out together, Louisa will tailor a program for you to help you on your journey to better health and a more satisfying relationship with food and your body. 

You will:

  • Receive practical strategies and tips
  • Learn how to eat mindfully
  • Develop better body image
  • Reduce emotional eating

Weight is a complex problem and despite what the latest book or weight loss problem will tell you – there is no single solution or quick fix. It is different for different people.

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