Losing weight is one of the biggest issues for women. Trying to meet society’s impossible standards of female beauty, we are searching all the time to find a place where we are accepted and running our own life’s journey, to live with joy and relish.
The good news is that we can change how we feel about our body by changing not only our diet, but also by talking about our emotions. We have invited Dr Finn to share with us his experience of his 30 programmes of losing weight. He thinks that it is not only a matter what we eat, but also a matter of what we feel.
We have asked 8 questions to understand how Dr Finn works with clients who want to lose weight. But if you have your own question you can ask him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q1. Why are women so concerned about losing weight?
Most women want to lose weight because they feel and look better. It improves their self-esteem. From a health perspective, being overweight is associated with serious health consequences including: heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer.
Q2. What is the main concern that women bring when they ask you to help them lose weight?
One of the main concerns is that they have tried to lose weight and failed. Often they have tried fad diets that have resulted in weight loss initially but then they soon regain the weight. They have tried to do a temporary fix rather than adopt a different lifestyle.
Q3. Can you tell us more about the 30 day programme?
The programme is not only about weight reduction, it is also about disease reduction. One of the main goals is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy body composition (lean muscle to fat ratio) to improve health, manage disease, feel better, and reduce the risk of more serious conditions. It is a structured programme to help you establish realistic and personalised goals with advice on diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, and stress management. The programme has been researched and tested.
Q4. You mentioned that emotional aspects where “unfinished business” from the past which interferes and impacts on the “battle” to lose weight. What does that mean?
Before embarking on such a programme, it is helpful to check that you are emotionally ok with it. In this instance, the issue is weight. I use a technique to determine whether you are congruent with your weight and following the programme. The technique uses kinesiology or muscle testing. It is straightforward and only takes a few minutes.
Q5. Are you saying that our body remembers these emotions and blocks us to respond when we try to lose weight?
If you have a ‘charged’ or ‘stuck’ emotion related to the issue of weight or following a weight loss programme, then you are unlikely to succeed in losing weight. You will tend to sabotage your efforts. This is why it feels like a “battle” for some women to lose weight. The aim is to try to identify the emotion and release it so that you can emotionally support your intended goal of losing weight. You want to be ok with losing weight and then follow a tried and tested programme.
Q6. According to you what is the solution?
I like to find out what your goals are, then determine that you can emotionally support such goals so that you are less likely to sabotage your efforts. Once this is done, you are more likely to follow the programme and succeed in achieving your goals.
Q7. Is this programme easy to follow and what is needed to succeed with it?
Yes it is easy. The programme comes with a pack that contains: data collection, questionnaires, recommended food plan and shopping list, recommended nutritional supplements, food diary, suggested recipes. I have run this programme successfully on a one to one basis and also in a weekly group format. For success, you need to follow the programme. Many people benefit from the group format where they can share ideas and get motivation from the group.
Some clients find it hard to lose weight if they have an underlying issue such as adrenal imbalance, thyroid insufficiency, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome or inflammation. Once the underlying issue is identified and corrected, it is easier to lose weight.
Q8. Can you give us some tips/suggestions how women can try to lose weight applying some techniques from home?
Start by avoiding refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods. Try to eat fresh wholesome food. Eat regularly and mindfully. Drink plenty of water between meals. Get moving. Consider the stressors in your life and what can be done to reduce them. Keep a diary or journal to track your progress.