Have You Struggled To Lose Weight?
Weight loss can be a complex experience for many women. Being bombarded with different diets and struggling to lose weight can make us feel deflated and exhausted.
You may want to lose weight to feel healthier, improve your energy levels and prevent or manage illness. You may dislike your body shape and struggle with poor body image, and want to lose weight to feel more comfortable within yourself.
It is important to consider your reasons for wanting to lose weight and the steps you can take to ensure that you lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way.
In this post, you can find out more about the psychological and nutritional reasons why you may be struggling to lose weight, and how 1-to-1 CBT-Fitness coaching can help you achieve your weight loss goals and lead a healthier and happier life.
The Low Down On Weight Loss…
Feeling fat and heavy, struggling to lose weight, a sense of deprivation when you diet, and poor self-worth are the reasons why many women come to seek coaching. For many women it is not so easy to just follow a calorie-restricted diet and exercise more. We have so many emotional, relational and behavioural associations to eating, which can make it feel impossible to lose weight. Our headspace, habits and emotional soothing are all connected to how and what we eat.
Do any of the terms below resonate with you? How long have you struggled with your weight? For some, weight issues start in adult life, but for many weight has been a struggle for most of their life. Together, I will help you unpack the associations, messages, decisions, patterns and beliefs that keep you trapped in a continuous struggle with your weight.
- Poor Sleep
- Social Eating
- Negative Thinking
- Poor Nutrition
- Self Sabotage
- Emotional Eating
- Time Management
- Low Self-Worth
Psychological Factors Related to Weight Loss
Sometimes our relationship with food and eating can affect our weight loss journey and hold us back from achieving our goals.
When we have unsuccessfully tried many times to lose weight, we may start to internalise our failures as being a part of our personality.
Over time, we may have developed an inner critical voice, which tells us that we are useless, worthless and will never succeed in losing weight. We may think to ourselves ‘what is the point?’ and lose motivation to achieve our goals.
This inner critical voice might cause us to self-sabotage attempts to lose weight. We may find ourselves overeating on sugary foods, or eating secretly away from other people. This forms a vicious cycle of self-sabotage, moving us further away from our weight loss goals.
Sometimes we turn to food to escape from challenging emotions, and this can affect our weight loss journey.
Stress, anxiety and low mood can affect our food choices. After a difficult day at work or an argument with a loved one, we may find ourselves comfort eating. We may choose to eat foods that soothe us, such as chocolate, cookies and wine.
Emotional eating can make us feel numb or ‘happy’ in the short-term, but inevitably leads to feelings of guilt and shame, and the emotions we wanted to avoid feel more challenging and overwhelming.
I can support you in working through your emotional triggers and help you build new ways to work through your feelings without reaching for food. Many of my clients find this an important exercise that supports long-term weight loss and maintenance.
We believe that you can reach your weight loss goals with the right support. We offer different treatment options, depending on your needs, to help you achieve long-term weight loss and optimize your wellbeing.
CBT-Fitness For Weight Loss
I am here to support you in redefining your relationship with food and eating.
CBT-Fitness Weight Loss Coaching can help you explore what may be holding you back from achieving your weight loss goals:
- Breaking old habits and updating broken thinking
- Understanding the emotions you may associate with food
- Building self-esteem and confidence
- Finding practical ways of reaching weight loss goals
CBT-Fitness Weight Loss Coaching can support you by exploring deeper psychological themes that have defined your relationship with food:
- Exploring the origins of unhelpful thinking patterns, feelings and behaviours
- Resolving and updating food scripts and our beliefs around food and eating
- Processing experiences or events from our past that have influenced our relationship with food
- Promoting emotional resilience and regulation, and finding ways to cope with difficult situations
I believe that taking a holistic approach to weight loss is the best way to achieve long-term positive outcomes.