THE ABUNDANCE OF WEIGHT LOSS OPTIONS
If you want to lose weight, there are many options available. There always seems to be some fad diet that is making the rounds with extravagant promises of shedding the pounds if only you can eat the in-fashion wonder food … and not much else!
There are also established slimming clubs, workplace in-house slimming groups and initiatives, some established and led by the employees themselves, and some more formal.
You can buy fat free, low fat and calorie controlled meals in most supermarkets.
There are increasing online options too.
At the more extreme end, there is surgery for obesity, available within the NHS and privately, to help those at risk of serious health problems because of their weight.
‘THE FAT MAN (AND WOMAN) OF EUROPE’
So why are the levels of people who are overweight or obese rising to the extent that Britain seen as ‘the fat man of Europe’ according to Professor Terence Stephenson in a report on the UK obesity crisis by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (2013).
Professor Stephenson has good cause for this comment. The UK has the highest levels of obesity in Western Europe with figures from 2013 showing that 24.9% of the population is classified as obese, compared to 15.6% in France, and on current estimates more than half the UK population could be obese by 2020 (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, 2013).
In England, 24.8% of adults are obese and 61.7% are either overweight or obese, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (2013).
THE NEED FOR A TAILORED APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS
Slimming clubs alone are a multi-million pound industry. Their business model has led to protests by women in 2012 who are part of a campaign group called Ditching Dieting and who consider themselves to be failed by the weight loss programmes sold to them by diet companies. They believe that these companies wreak havoc with appetites and rely on dieters' repeated failures to make money.
Recent research may help to shed some light on this situation.
A study published in the Journal of Public Health entitled ‘Who are the obese? A cluster analysis exploring subgroups of the obese’ (Green et al, 2015) found that there are variations between people who are obese, finding six distinct groups of individuals whose BMI was ≥30.
The interesting conclusion from his study is that different people may need a different weight-loss strategy.
Dr Green told the BBC News website:
"I think we need to go from a one-size-fits-all approach to acknowledging there are different groups.”
A TAILORED CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY APPROACH FOR
LASTING WEIGHT LOSS
At Positive Change Hypnotherapy practice in Bromley Cross, Bolton, one of our specialties is weight loss. Our Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, Stuart Rose, is extremely interested in research findings such as the one highlighted above as this clearly demonstrates the value of individualised and tailored, bespoke therapeutic treatment for those who are overweight or obese and who want to lose weight.
Stuart believes that one of the many strengths and advantages of clinical hypnotherapy for weight loss is the it can offer exactly that.
It is important to find a registered and qualified clinical hypnotherapist who has the suitable expertise, experience and knowledge to assist you on your weight loss journey. Here is really pays to do your own research, taking time to consider the various hypnotherapy practices available in your local area and selecting and checking registered hypnotherapists through organisations such as the National Council for Hypnotherapy, General Council for Hypnotherapy and the Hypnotherapy Register.
The Department of Health recommends that people seeking hypnotherapy treatment consult with practitioners who are registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The CNHC is the UK Government backed regulator and holds an accredited register of qualified practitioners approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
In the hands of a registered and qualified clinical hypnotherapist such as Stuart Rose at Positive Change Hypnotherapy in Bromley Cross, Bolton, you can be assured that your treatment will be bespoke for you and be of the highest professional standard.
“I feel passionately about the potential for hypnotherapy to assist people with conditions, particularly where there is a research base to support and inform intervention.
Weight Loss is an increasing issue in the UK and I am privileged to work with so many individuals to reduce their weight, bring about a new relationship with food, new eating habits and improve their lifestyle. Not only this, but I believe that the health improvements people achieve through this approach can genuinely and significantly improve quality of life and prospects, especially as individuals age.
My approach is caring and professional and overall it is a positive approach rooted in psychology, bespoke for each individual I work with. Many clients find the positive approach a revelation and refreshing after previous experiences of diet and other approaches.
We are really working together to bring about a new way of life where food remains enjoyable but a new healthier relationship with food is formed. Because of this, and because it is not a diet, this approach means that people are able to maintain these changes in the longer term.
It is also gratifying to see people become happier with themselves and their own self-image, becoming the person they really wanted to be.”
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (2013) Measuring Up: The Medical Profession's Prescription For The Nation's Obesity Crisis. PDF document. [Online] Available at: <http://www.aomrc.org.uk/general-news/doctors-unite-to-deliver-prescription-for-uk-obesity-epidemic.html> [Accessed 13/04/16].
Green, M. A., Strong, M., Razak, F., Subramanian, S. V., Relton, C., and Bissell, P. (2015) Who are the obese? A cluster analysis exploring subgroups of the obese. Journal of Public Health. April 18, 2015. [Online] Available at: <http://jpubhealth.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/04/16/pubmed.fdv040.abstract?sid=c469a8aa-9136-42f1-a61b-bc8d74f2a96c> [Accessed 13/04/16].
Health and Social Care Information Centre (2013) Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England, 2013. [Online] Available at: <https://catalogue.ic.nhs.uk/publications/public-health/obesity/obes-phys-acti-diet-eng-2013/obes-phys-acti-diet-eng-2013-rep.pdf> [Accessed 13/06/16].
NHS Choices (2016) Britain: 'the fat man of Europe’. [Online] Available at: <http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/statistics-and-causes-of-the-obesity-epidemic-in-the-UK.aspx> [Accessed 13/04/16].
The Guardian (15 January 2012) Women plan protest against diet industry outside parliament. [Online] Available at: <http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/jan/15/women-protest-diet-industry-parliament> [Accessed 13/04/16].
United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (2013) The State of Food and Agriculture 2013. Cited in: NHS Choices (2016) Britain: 'the fat man of Europe’. [Online] Available at: <http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/statistics-and-causes-of-the-obesity-epidemic-in-the-UK.aspx> [Accessed 13/04/16].