We believe a key component of the HealthSmart programme is mindset and cognitive behaviour. Many weight loss & fitness programmes fail to address the underlying issues such as behavioural and emotional triggers, body image, self-esteem and acceptance struggles.
For many of us the issue is not how to do something; most of us know how to lose weight or how to exercise more, the problem is actually sticking to it. If we are to make long term changes we have to change the way we think about things.
Essentially, a thin person thinks about food in a totally different way than a person who is overweight. Nobody is born thinking the wrong way about food-instead these faulty thinking habits gradually creep into our unconscious mind and unknowingly the person begins to operate from these thoughts in the form of bad eating habits. Suddenly, the person has gained weight and repeatedly goes on diet after diet, depending solely on willpower, to battle this weight gain. As anyone who has ever dieted and regained the weight knows – will power just doesn’t last!
The problem with the multitude of diets that exist, is that they are only treating the symptom, not the cause. Excess weight is the symptom of faulty thinking and it’s this thinking that is the cause of weight gain.
This faulty thinking presents itself in a number of different ways in different people. For some it may be emotional eating or food cravings. For others it may be obsessing about food, catastrophizing about weight gain or negative self-talk regarding the ability to successfully lose and maintain weight loss for life.
However, the great news is that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) allows the brain to be retrained into relearning good thinking habits about food. Research has shown CBT to have an 92% success rate for weight loss (Beck Institute). In addition to CBT, programme attendees will also be taught tools from Mindfulness and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) thus ensuring they have the complete range of psychological tools to achieve permanent weight loss.
The CBT aspect of this course will be hosted by leading psychotherapist Carmel Farnan. Having lost three stone herself using these psychological tools, she can vouch for them personally and professionally! So, to quote Henry Ford “Whether you Think you Can or you Can’t you’re Right”.