Weight issues can be a heavy burden and can cause all kinds of additional problems such as anxiety, depression or body image issues. When you are suffering from weight issues, you might have tried all different types of medication, diets and exercises to initially lose weight. A lot of the people losing weight are familiar with the yo-yo effect: you lose quite some kilos but you start gaining weight again after switching back to a regular eating pattern. This could cause feelings of despair, anger, disgust, shame or resentment. You might have contacted different specialists to assist you with this problem like a dietitian, nutritionist, naturopath or a physiotherapist. Usually the focus with these mono-disciplinary treatment is on diet and restrictions, kilos or centimeters.
Within our psychology practice we approach weight issues from a different perspective. We help you to find reasons and the motivation to lose weight; overcome difficulties in your daily life activities or self-esteem and health. Focusing on personal values in life could provide you more strength to change your perspective on food or your relationship with food. You don't need to change your diet drastically but rather your mindset. Discovering your reasons for craving certain types of food or reasons to eat unhealthy food could create the awareness that provides you more freedom of choice. Every day you have a choice to pursue your values. Your mind might be the one playing games by providing excuses that divert you from your original plan. Clarifying your goals, your values and reasons to change are most important to understand how your mind is blocking your path.
Moving towards a healthy body and weight is not about finding the perfect diet. It's about changing your long term relationship with food and adjust your balance between intake and output. It's about appreciating your body and providing for its needs instead of working on a basis of reward and punishment. Changing your relationship with your body and food will provide you a new perspective with more strength and a freedom to choose.
This change process is easier said than done so a little guidance and help to improve your motivation could give you the confidence to move in the right direction. Give us a call to discuss what you'd like to achieve and we'll offer support to reach your goals. In our practice we also have a physiotherapist who can provide additional support if needed.