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CBT & WEIGHT LOSS!

  • January 19, 2019

For over 15 years I have been helping women achieve better health through diet & training. Though I was armed with extensive nutritional & training knowledge, there was a big ingredient missing in my coaching methodology.

People needed dietary information and guidance, but even when you know how to eat better, it’s not easy to change lifelong habits. So in 2018 I took a course at Laurier University, studying Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. After completing that course, I enrolled with The Beck Institute For Cognitive Behavior Therapy, learning from Judith Beck & immersing myself in multiple textbooks and CBT journal articles.

Why is that? Because I kept asking myself this question: Why was it so hard for clients to stick to a healthy diet? Why don’t people always act in their own best interest? Psychologists have studied this issue extensively. Fortunately, I discovered the area of clinical psychology that is one of the best-proven to help people make life changes: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Beginning in the 1960’s, Aaron Beck, MD, whom I will meet next month at The Beck Institute in Philadelphia, and other pioneers wanted to offer patients a therapeutic intervention that worked quickly and led to measurable results. The method they developed – CBT – is among the best-researched and published methods in psychology. CBT methods have been proven to be effective in a wide range of behavioural and functional conditions including:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Smoking cessation
• Post-traumatic stress
• Panic disorder
• Bulimia
• Weight loss and more

CBT & TEAM BUNNY APPROACH!

Cognitive behavioural therapy is also used to help you change eating behaviour & promote weight loss.

Taking a cognitive behavioral approach to weight loss means understanding the habits of thought that control your behaviors. Before you reach for that cookie, there has been a thought in your brain, What is it? What was going through your mind at that moment?

Team Bunny programming NOW helps clients find out what their sabotaging thoughts are, and how to replace them with positive thinking that will help them change their eating habits. 

There are three steps to follow:

1. Identify a thought that you may not be aware of that nonetheless guides your actions. Perhaps, for example, you might think to yourself: I don’t want to diet because then I’ll be burdened with thinking about food and diet all the time.

2. Exchange the thought for a more effective one, or a positive one as we call them. For example, you could remind yourself that you’re already burdened by constantly feeling bad about your weight. You’d be better off acknowledging your situation, then find positive actions to get to be thinner, healthier, and feel better about yourself.

3. Practice. Continue to identify the negative thoughts that drive you and replace them with more positive ones. With practice, the process becomes easier and more automatic. Practice in your head, practice with journaling, practice with meditation. Don’t worry, we can work find out what type works best for you!

Many weight loss programs can help you to lose weight. The true measure of success is the lasting results after six months, one year, three years, and, in fact, the rest of your life.

My experience with cognitive behavioral therapy has convinced me that it holds the key to this type of long-term success. CBT is not the only ingredient I use. I also apply neuroplasticity principles, stress relief and mindfulness techniques.

Join Team Bunny, and be one of the successful transformation clients that learned the effective methods to regain & maintain a healthy weight despite their busy, stressful life. You can do it, if you put your mind to it.

What I also learned after years leading weight loss programming, is that other changes can occur. Some of my clients, as they lost weight and transformed their life style, also started to initiate other changes in their lives. To name a few: finance management, relationships or careers. Their successful weight loss, after so many failed attempts, taught them they could change anything in their lives, if they put their mind to it. So if they could lose weight, they could also start a new job and succeed at that too!
And as somebody said once: if you discipline your mind, your body will follow. 

If you are ready to take your weight loss journey on a different path, then send me an email & we will get you started! Look forward to working with you!