The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy responds to a recent study about Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity.

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Top obesity researchers joined forces to bust the most pervasive myths about weight loss in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine recently.

To achieve long lasting weight loss you have to change your behaviour around food.

How can people lose weight successfully if what they've believed for ages is simply wrong? The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy want give them a fighting chance to lose weight by avoiding 7 common myths about weight loss.

Most people can lose weight effectively if they have the right information and follow a sensible eating plan. However, many of the tips and advice we read on weight loss are in fact myths. If people follow advice that is wrong it’s no wonder they are not seeing the weight loss results they want. And believe it or not, much of this advice is endorsed by Government Health Advisories.

Advice tells us to set realistic goals for weight loss to avoid becoming frustrated with unrealistic goals and losing less weight, but this actually encourages us to set goals that are too modest and therefore not helping with weight loss results.

How many times are we told not to lose too much weight too quickly because it can apparently come piling back on? Well, many people that lose weight quickly are in fact successful in keeping it off, so there is no need to worry about losing weight quickly. Research suggests that advice regarding small changes in energy intake which produce large, long term weight loss is untrue and illogical.

Most people that are overweight have tried lots of different weight loss programmes and diets. Well, research shows that many people who start these either lose very little weight, or don’t maintain the weight loss. So who is really benefiting from the membership fees they pay every month?

Children do PE in school, yet despite Government claims, they do very little to actually get kids moving.

Women are told that breast feeding protects against obesity, yet studies show there is very little correlation other than it being a better start for the baby.

One of the most common myths we hear is that sex is one of the best forms of weight loss? Well you’ll actually be lucky to burn 30 calories, never mind 300!

Paul White, Chairman for the National Council for Hypnotherapy and weight specialist at The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, said, ‘These types of inappropriate beliefs are all to common amongst our clients. To achieve long lasting weight loss you have to change your behaviour around food. Most people think they eat for emotional reasons, but in my experience, in the main, it is just a conditioned response i.e. a habitual behaviour, and these can be changed very easily using hypnotherapy making weight loss far easier and more natural.’

'People shouldn't be disheartened by these revelations. Essentially everybody is different in terms of their physical and emotional health, and what works well for one person may not necessarily work best for another. The best way to begin is to get in the right frame of mind, by encouraging the mind to prepare well. Hypnotherapy for weight loss is one good alternative, helping to prepare the mind and body.'

The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy has been practising in Wallington, Surrey since 2001. They have specialists that work with weight, anxiety, depression, problem behaviours and psoriasis. All their therapists are accredited by The National Council for Hypnotherapy.

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