52 Thoughts for the Chronic Dieter

EPISODE 26

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How Do I Stay Motivated?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn shares his top tips on staying motivated using regular sessions with your health professional, motivational reminders, and social support to fan the flames of a burning motivation.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Join our Facebook Support Group: http://bit.ly/1S7Wgnk This video features a great question from Julie Masci from New Life Nutrition – give their page a like http://bit.ly/2nEDe4P 😀 TT#25 – Can I ever be effortlessly slim?: http://bit.ly/2mkFStk TT#9 – Dieting Couples: http://bit.ly/2mWycwP    

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EPISODE 25

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EPISODE 25 Can I Ever Be Effortlessly Slim?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn reveals if you can ever be slim without effort, shares the best mindset to developing naturally healthy habits, and shows you how you can measure your psychological transformations with the Psychological Profile for Weight Management.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Register for Mindset for Transformation Starts March 20 Use code: GMACK for 10% OFF ONE TIME PAYMENT Use code: GMACKPP for 10% OFF PAYMENT PLAN Take the PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT. See Glenn’s thoughts on becoming the resident psychologist for The Biggest Loser: Transformed.  …

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EPISODE 24

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EPISODE 24 How to deal with “quick fix” feelings   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn explains how to deal with the pull towards weight loss quick fixes with compassion, mindfulness, and patience.  He talks about the normality of wanting a quick fix, how to avoid the allure of dieting, and slowly embracing non-dieting ideas.  Glenn finishes with an interesting idea for both health professionals and the people seeing them.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: This episode features a great question by Louise Wildbore: Website: http://bit.ly/2laHrsp Facebook: http://bit.ly/2lxz4bs Link to TT#23: http://bit.ly/2m9PnOA  

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EPISODE 23

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EPISODE 23 Help! I’m addicted to my phone!   In this Thursday Therapy episode, The Weight Psych explains how your connection with to your mobile phone can be important for weight management, how you can become addicted to phones, and how to begin to set yourself free. This episode features a shout out to superstar trainer and our good mate, Libby Babet, founder of BUF Girls & new trainer on The Biggest Loser: Transformed. ***Interview with Libby On our YouTube Coming Soon***   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Follow Glenn on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2lihpHd  

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EPISODE 22

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EPISODE 22 What Do YOU Want?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, The Weight Psych Glenn Mackintosh asks YOU what you want to see in our YouTube Channel in 2017. From improvements to the current Thursday Therapy series to new series ideas, including a vlog, interviews, client transformations and non-dieting advice on food and exercise, we want you to have your say – WHAT. DO. YOU. WANT? HAVE YOUR SAY in our online support group poll: http://bit.ly/1S7Wgnk   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Join our TWELVE MONTH TRANSFORMATION ONLINE: http://bit.ly/2gKD4F8 Use code: GMACK for 10% OFF ONE TIME PAYMENT Use code: GMACKPP…

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EPISODE 21

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EPISODE 21 3 Top Tips for a Happy Healthy Christmas   In this Thursday Therapy episode, The “Weight Psych” Glenn Mackintosh gives you his three top tips for successfully navigating the Christmas period – one for eating, one for movement, and one for your mindset! He also sends out a massive THANK YOU to all of our subscribers and wishes you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS 🙂 🙂 🙂   LINKS FROM VIDEO: TT#17 on Intuitive Eating: http://bit.ly/2hoFZ3H  

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EPISODE 20

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EPISODE 20 The Twelve Month Transformation – A non-dieting approach to weight success   In this Thursday Therapy episode, The “Weight Psych” Glenn Mackintosh takes you through the key topics covered in his flagship “Twelve Month Transformation” program, shows you how you can register for workshops (TMT), online (TMT Online), or both (TMT +), and gives you his 3 top tips on having a TRANSFORMATIONAL 2017!   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Sign up for TMT Brisbane: http://bit.ly/2gKsuxD Sign up for TMT + Brisbane: http://bit.ly/2g4lPdN Or Sign up for TMT Gold Coast: http://bit.ly/2g3qRMt Sign up for TMT + Gold Coast: http://bit.ly/2gKtNgk Or Sign up for TMT…

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EPISODE 19

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EPISODE 19 Use Your Mind to Heal Your Body   In this Thursday Therapy episode, The “Weight Psych” Glenn Mackintosh talks you though his first thoughts on overcoming a range of common exercise barriers, such as feeling “too fat”, being tired, busy, and not having time, through to aches and pains, self-sabotage, and simply not enjoying exercise!   In this Thursday Therapy episode, The “Weight Psych” Glenn Mackintosh shows you three ways to enhance healing from any injury using the power of your mind. He talks you though the power of goal setting, empowering self-talk, and healing visualization to help…

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EPISODE 18

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EPISODE 18 The Million Reasons you Shouldn’t Exercise (and how to do it anyway!)   In this Thursday Therapy episode, The “Weight Psych” Glenn Mackintosh talks you though his first thoughts on overcoming a range of common exercise barriers, such as feeling “too fat”, being tired, busy, and not having time, through to aches and pains, self-sabotage, and simply not enjoying exercise!   LINKS FROM VIDEO: TT #12 I Hate Exercise?  5 Psychological Tips to Turn Your Mind Around: http://bit.ly/2bqxnuT SASSOM Fitness and MMA: http://bit.ly/2fGp1xU Fahey’s Boxing Studio: http://bit.ly/2fhWOiI Fortitude Fitness: http://bit.ly/2fGlcLn Alliance BJJ: http://bit.ly/2eGBj73 Shindo: http://bit.ly/2fGrCXj Gamebred Academy: http://bit.ly/2fhWUH6  

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EPISODE 17

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EPISODE 17 Become an Intuitive Eater!   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh explains WHY it’s worth learning mindful / intuitive eating, applies mindful eating to food intolerances, and shows you how to apply intuitive eating with ANY FOOD CHOICE in real time!   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Like Glenn’s New Public Figure Page: http://bit.ly/2eUBXP4 Like Artist M@ StewArt’s Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/2dZDXaY  

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EPISODE 16

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EPISODE 16 Am I Hungry (or Do I Just Want to Eat?)   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh introduces the five principles of intuitive eating, shows you how to tell if you are really hungry or just wanting to eat, and helps you identify and overcome non-hungry eating cues.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Like the WMP Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/2e75SIl Download the Mindful-Intuitive Eating Journal: http://bit.ly/2ehABlV    

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EPISODE 15

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EPISODE 15 How do I overcome boredom eating?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh explains that while bored eating may be hard to identify, it is easy to overcome.  He shares expert advice on how to develop new ways to deal with bored feelings, and provides his three top tips on overcoming procrastination, which often triggers boredom eating!   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Follow Glenn on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2dn2kw8 Download our cool “NOW CLOCK”: http://bit.ly/2cDsL4S  

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EPISODE 14

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EPISODE 14 What is tapping (and can it help me lose weight?)   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh teaches you what tapping is, explains pioneering research on Emotional Freedom Techniques for weight management, and outlines how EFT can help you with weight loss and maintenance.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: EFT Universe: http://bit.ly/2cxk35h WMP Tapping Page (for more on tapping technique): http://bit.ly/2bSanR6 Peta’s first Research Trial: http://bit.ly/2d0c2p4 Thursday Therapy #3: http://bit.ly/29jYrWB  

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EPISODE 13

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EPISODE 13 Thinking About Weight Loss Surgery…   In this Thursday Therapy episode, I help you understand if you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery, explain how bariatric surgery can work with non-dieting principles, and outline the mindset and support required to make surgery a complete success!   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Link to Thursday Therapy #3: http://bit.ly/29jYrWB Link to Queensland Bariatrics Website! http://bit.ly/2bL96MO Link to Queensland Bariatrics YouTube: http://bit.ly/1Wc0y4U  

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EPISODE 12

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EPISODE 12 Hate Exercise? 5 Psychological Tips to Turn Your Mind Around!   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh helps you understand you have a relationship with physical activity, shares his top principles for learning to LOVE movement, and gives some great tips on how to MOTIVATE yourself to exercise.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Link to our Australian Fitness Network Course – Foundations For Success: http://bit.ly/2b2USF8 Link to Thursday Therapy #10: http://bit.ly/2a3pQkd Link to Thursday Therapy #11: http://bit.ly/2aKxDCj Link to Problem Solving Worksheet: http://bit.ly/2b2Vvyv  

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EPISODE 11

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EPISODE 11 7 Simple Ways to Make Your Health a Priority   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh shares 7 great tips for making health more of a priority. This episode follows up from TT#10, with a focus on practical tips for how to put yourself – and your health – first.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Download Weight off Your Mind Audio Program: http://bit.ly/2aRkhqa (Use Code GMACK for 10% off).  

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EPISODE 10

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EPISODE 10 Can I ever learn to put myself first?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh helps you understand you CAN learn to put yourself first, shows you how to deal with the “growing pains” of prioritising yourself, and helps you focus on yourself without being selfish.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Link to Growing Pains blog: http://bit.ly/2a2I9VX Link to Hawke Anderson website: http://bit.ly/29Y0suY  

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EPISODE 9

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EPISODE 9 Dieting Couples – Support or Sabotage?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh talks you through the pros and cons of dieting couples, the importance of your social network for long-term success, and how to work together with your partner to support each other more (and get in each other’s way less!). This video is especially good to SHARE with anyone who shares your bed, fridge, or life!  

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EPISODE 8

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EPISODE 8 Can I REALLY learn to love fruit and veg?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh shows you how to try new fruits and vegies, incorporate them into your diet, and even learn to LOVE them!  (This video is especially good for people who don’t like fruits and vegetables). Know someone who could eat more fruit and or veg? SHARE THE VIDEO!!!

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EPISODE 7

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EPISODE 7 What Factors are Limiting my Weight Loss?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh teaches you what hypnosis is (as well as what it isn’t) and how it can help you with weight loss and maintenance.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Link to study on hypnosis and weight loss: http://bit.ly/25Nkmkr Link to study on hypnosis and weight maintenance: http://bit.ly/1Yb3fmB  

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EPISODE 5

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EPISODE 5 Sometimes I love my body, sometimes I hate it… which one is “right”?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh helps you understand whether you should acknowledge the “truth” that you are fat and aim to lose weight, or look to take care of yourself from a place of acceptance.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Read Glenn’s Blog – 5 Simple Steps to Body Acceptance: http://bit.ly/1TEoRll  

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EPISODE 4

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EPISODE 4 Allow ALL Foods! But What If It Really IS Bad For You?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh helps you understand why it is harmful to forbid foods, and shows you how to eat less of the foods that aren’t very nutritious for you without creating rigid rules!   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Glenn’s Blog on the 5 Principles of Mindful Eating:  http://bit.ly/21gwhRP

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EPISODE 3

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EPISODE 3 5:2, Paleo, and the next Fad Diet   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn Mackintosh shows you how to tell if your diet will work and how you can turn a potentially harmful diet into a healthy way of living!   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Glenn’s Blog – “The Diet +”: http://www.weightmanagementpsychology.com.au/blog-thought-10-the-diet-plus/  

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EPISODE 2

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EPISODE 2 It’s So Yummy, How Do I Stop?   In this Thursday Therapy episode, Glenn gives you his three favourite ways to stop eating yummy food when you’re not hungry.   LINKS FROM VIDEO: Mindful-Intuitive Eating Reminder: http://www.weightmanagementpsychology.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Mindful-Intiuitive-Eating-Reminder.pdf Dr Linda Bacon’s Study on Size Acceptance and Intuitive Eating in Obese Female Chronic Dieters: http://www.weightmanagementpsychology.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/JADA-HAES-study-2005_105.pdf  

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Mindset Change IS Possible!

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I wanted to write to you about a wonderful experience I had with a client this week – it was so good I had to share! As, unlike most approaches, we don’t focus on weight loss too much, sometimes it can be hard to measure progress.  “Feeling” better can be a great measure, but we can all think of times when we’ve felt good about eating, physical activity, and weight management, and then had the good feelings come crashing down for some reason or other.  Similarly, we can use our actions as guides for how we are going, and that’s…

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Reflecting on the year, and looking forward to the next one…

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A couple of weeks ago we finished our Twelve Month Transformation program.  Every year, as well as running the program, I do it myself…it’s a great way to ensure I reach my personal goals as well as help my clients reach theirs! The last session is always a debrief of the year, and it was beautiful to hear everyone’s honest reflection.  It was (as it always is) heartening to hear the significant successes people had achieved.  But also comforting to hear the compassionate perspective people had developed in areas where they had gotten part-way towards certain goals (or even not…

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The Day I Gained 20 Kilograms

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So, as many of you know from my first blog, Stills and Alreadys, I had shoulder surgery a while back.  Whilst I spent my fair share of time feeling sorry for myself, moping, and generally sitting in the rubble, I’m not one for staying down when I hit the canvas, so I started to problem solve.  Following the (good) advice I would give a client, I began to look at what I could do in favor of what I couldn’t. Running was out as my arms moved too much, so walking it was.  Walking and physiotherapy exercises…lots and lots and…

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The Key to a successful Christmas Period – Merry Mindful Eating

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Hello Blogees it’s been a while since our last blog, like you I’ve been flat out finishing up work, running around buying pressies (this year, I must say, my family has scored big time!), and trying to squeeze in some time to take care of myself.  I have been wanting to write to you about mindful eating for some time, and I’ve been having so many conversations with my clients around the benefits of mindful eating at Christmas, that now it the perfect time.  Christmas is the worst time to start a diet, but you can learn some important abilities…

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MOVEMENT! Get it like you like it!

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Last night, I went to “No Lights, No Lycra”. Oh my god, was it fun. I guess it’s sort of an “anti-exercise class”.   They turn the lights right down (and your levels of embarrassment with it) and the music up (and you feel like you’re in a dance hall instead of a gym class). As the name suggests, you wear casual clothes rather than exercise gear, so it’s even cool if the latest Lorna Jane doesn’t fit you ;-). Why am I telling you this? Well, in addition to encouraging you to go to NLNL (which I do), it’s because…

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You are not alone

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These are 26 things that only a yo-yo dieter would understand: You walk into a room and check to see if you’re the fattest person You think your skinny friends are being ridiculous when they talk about how their body issues You say to yourself “I’m just going to finish this packet of (insert high-fat/salt/sugar/calorie food), and then I’ll never eat them again” You say to yourself “I’m going to eat all of the junk food in the house so it’s gone and then I’ll start my diet Monday” You do # 4, but then don’t start the diet Monday!…

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Tap Tap Tap

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On the eve of the launch of our new and improved Online EFT for Weight Management Course, I am reflecting on my journey into the Emotional Freedom Techniques. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Emotional Freedom Techniques, often shortened to “EFT”, and also simply called “tapping” is a unique process of combining focusing statements about a problem with tapping on acupressure points to help the problem clear away*. That’s a bit weird, isn’t it? As a specialist weight management psychologist, let me tell you about my journey into tapping, and how I am now convinced it is…

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What do you really want?

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When you think to embark on your next weight loss attempt, I want you to think of this blog, and remember something. You don’t want to lose weight. Before you think I’ve lost it, hear me out. We do weight loss for an underlying reason, because we want something…and that thing is not weight loss. Like wanting more money, we don’t want it for it’s own sake, we want it because of how we think it will benefit us. So why are you thinking of losing weight? Maybe you want to be healthier. Maybe you want to wear really nice…

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Think of the Children!

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On the eve of launching our Healthy Kids Camps developed by my twin brother, Heath, and having just visited our parents for the weekend, I wanted to write a blog about children, families, and weight. I remember having a FOBO*, one of those moments where your awareness is irrevocably broadened, during a conversation with Heath a few years ago, around when he joined Weight Management Psychology. We were talking about the Health At Every Size (HAES) debate**, whether behavioural, pharmacological, and surgical weight loss is so ineffective that people would be better off forgetting about weight loss and working to…

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5 Simple Steps to Body Acceptance

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When I wrote the blog “Love is the new hate”, people got it. People are ready for a broader social change, for a more weight-inclusive society. But in addition to the heart-felt (and heartening) “thank-you”s, came through the reality that often we ourselves are the greatest perpetrators of our own body-stigma. The question came – “If I’m more critical of my body than others, how to I change my own thoughts around my body?” Well, psychologist define your body-image as your relationship with your body, and like any relationship, it is complex, multi-factorial, and takes work to change. These tips…

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Love is the New Hate

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All around the world, things are changing. Over generations, people of all different colours, races, and religions are learning how to coexist together. Gay people and straight people and everyone in between are growing an understanding of our shared humanity. So why not spread the love a touch further and accept size diversity? Fat, thin, muscly, skinny, super-muscly, too skinny, big, small….our bodies have as many variations there are grains in the sand. But inside our outer embodiment, we’re all just people, aren’t we? We all have dreams, values, fears, emotions and opinions… Unfortunately, an opinion we all tend to…

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Growing Pains

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I don’t want to write this blog today. I have just flown overnight, delivered a great workshop to a wonderful group of people, and now I’m flying home and I want to have a sleep instead. So why am I writing? Because it’s important. It’s important for me to distill my thoughts into words, important to me that you hear them – I am writing as I feel my writing is important for both of us… …Important enough to take a few deep breaths, ask for a cup of bad aeroplane coffee, and begin typing. As you know by now,…

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The “Diet+”

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It seems there are as many diets out there as there are grains in the sand. Each diet has their own principles, types of food that are “in” and “out” and varying degrees of scientific research behind them. So how do we tell a good diet from a bad one? Should we be dieting at all? Or is there another way forward for developing and sustaining healthy eating habits? I am proposing a new form of “diet” which I all a “Diet +”. What is a Diet + I hear you say (sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)? Any diet that…

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Open letter to Weight Management Professionals

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Open letter to weight management practitioners, RE: We are all in this together In the short ten years of my career, timing, luck, and opportunity have granted me an unusually wide view the different things we do to help people manage their weight. I have run the psychology component of a large interdisciplinary behavioural weight loss clinic, worked closely with an interdisciplinary bariatric surgery team, and in my private practice have seen my clients work with a whole host of medical, allied, and alternative health professionals, not to mention try every diet under the sun. I have also learned alternative…

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Lower the Pendulum

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I sometimes find it hard to get excited about a client’s fast weight loss these days. In fact I always do. This is even the case if the person tells me they’re “not on a diet” – because they often are without knowing it…. Dieters often swing between two sets of habits, like a clock pendulum swinging from one side to the other. On one side, they have their overeating habits – eating unconsciously, overeating and bingeing, and gaining weight. Naturally, at some point people get sick of these habits, and the pendulum swings….On the other side of the pendulum,…

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Be a Good Client!

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This is a topic I feel is very important – although part of me thinks “yikes” as I write it. I was having a conversation with a mentor of mine, who spends the first 20 – 30 minutes of the initial session teaching her client how to “be a good client”. When I told her how uncomfortable the idea made me feel, she asked me to think of a good client of mine…and then think about their results – her point was clear, and she was right, good clients get good results. A couple of recent experiences have highlighted this…

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Declutter Your Environment – Inside and Out!

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After seeing people change for ten years or so now, I feel there is a mysterious relationship between the clutter in peoples’ minds, bodies, and environment… At Weight Management Psychology, we pride ourselves on doing evidence-based work. In an industry (although we prefer to think we sit aside it, not inside it) full of misinformation, half-truths, and theories, this allows us to hand-on-our-heart, say we’re doing the best we can. There are many ideas, theories, and opinions, and I find it very comforting to be able to rely on science to separate the facts from the fancy. As evidence-based practitioners,…

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Join the Peace Movement

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Unfortunately, we live in a world where we are at war. We are at war with food…a love-hate relationship that never seems to end. We are at war with physical activity: a punishment required for already being fat or to ensure we don’t in the future. And we are at war with our bodies, our inadequate, ugly, imperfect bodies that we have to “smash” into perfection even despite our physical, psychological, and social health. And where has this war gotten us? Like in so many wars, hate propagates hate, harmful actions result, and the problems get worse. But there is…

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Goal Setting – WMP Way

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Thought 4 – Goal setting – the Weight Management Psychology Way – Part 1! As you all know, sustaining motivation for managing your health can sometimes be challenging. This can be especially so when you don’t have a clear goal in mind. But, following a Health At Every Size (HAES) informed perspective, which tells us that for most people, setting weight goals can be highly problematic, how does one set a goal to improve their health, wellbeing, and success? After grappling with this connundrum for quite a while (read 10 years), by Joves, I think we at Weight Management Psychology…

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The Right Team in Your Corner

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Weight management is such a complex, multi-factorial issue that I feel like practicing with most people without the support of a great team is almost unethical. Anita Cochrane, in her research on interdisciplinary teams for weight, identified four main components of an effective team, in this order (1) Psychologist (2) Dietitian (3) Physical activity and (4) Medical doctor, and I believe ALL are necessary for lasting success! On top of this core team may be physiotherapists, podiatrists, and massage therapists, support groups, and even the bariatric surgeon, depending on your requirements. For me this week, having had a shoulder injury…

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Setbacks are Servants

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There are many ways that we can view our setbacks. We can see them as validation of our doubts, reasons to be angry at the world, sticks to beat ourselves up with. Or we can view them as servants that help us learn, grow, and develop. Again, let me draw on my own experience in the hope it will help you find the hidden servants in your setbacks… So, despite my developing a fair “alreadys” list from last week, I have to start again and have a shoulder reconstruction (with a nice bill to match…private health I’ve been so good…

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Stills & Alreadys

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“Still” and “Already” are words that describe our change. The word still tends to focus on what we HAVEN’T achieved, what we CAN’T do, and where we are NOT. For example, I’m still bingeing, I’m still not exercising daily, or I’m still too fat! Already is a word that acknowledges what we HAVE achieved, what we CAN do, and where we ARE! For example, already my binges are smaller than they were a month ago, already I’m walking to the shops of a weekend, or already I’ve stopped gaining weight. This idea is very therapeutic for me, as I try…

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