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Using Psychology to Lose Weight – Because Dieting and Exercise Alone Don’t Work

MariasLastDiet.com, the website for women who want to lose weight, issued a  white paper today about using psychology to lose weight. The author, Kenneth Schwarz PhD, a psychologist and psychoanalyst and co-founder of MariasLastDiet.com, wrote the paper because of the continuing high rate of weight-loss failure with the current standard formula, Diet + Exercise = Weight Loss.

Dr. Schwarz argues the case for using psychology to lose weight by amending the formula to read, Weight Loss = Dieting + Exercise + Using Psychology, where using psychology is really two factors, adherence and personal change.

Adherence, which research shows is the single-best determiner of weight loss, is sticking to it—the diet or weight-loss program. Adherence is not only sticking to your food plan, though, it is also sticking to what will help you make the necessary personal changes.

Losing weight, especially for women, is never just about the food. It is always about a woman’s psychology as well. Personal change has to do with altering old patterns of behavior and replacing these patterns with new behaviors that are more conducive to successful weight loss.

Dieting and weight loss as they are currently practiced require a lot of self-control and willpower. The use of so much willpower and self-control makes the weight-loss process terribly arduous and ripe for failure. To address this, Dr. Schwarz added another goal to the primary goal of losing unwanted weight, that of using the least possible amount of self-control and willpower to effect change.

Once the goal of making the weight-loss process much less dependent on willpower and self-control is set, what remains is to show how to implement this goal. Dr. Schwarz takes traditional weight-loss issues and, using the principles and practices of psychology, illustrates how to successfully resolve these issues more automatically, and without the need for such self-defeating effort.

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Using Psychology to Lose Weight

Dr. Kenneth Schwarz, co-author of the series, Weight-Loss Books for Women — Using Psychology to Lose Weight, will appear on The Mary Jones Show on Monday, August 20, 2012. The show is from noon to 2 p.m., and can be heard on WDRC-AM 1360 Hartford, WSNG-AM 610 Torrington, WMMW-AM 1470 Meriden, and WWCO-AM 1240 Waterbury.

Dr. Schwarz will be interviewed by Mary Jones about the 7 self-help, how-to books that he wrote with his wife, the writer Julie North Schwarz. The books are all about using psychology to lose weight. This  Symmetry Press series of books shows that psychology is what is missing from the usual formula, weight loss = dieting + exercise. The missing psychology, according to Dr. Schwarz, has to do with adherence and personal change. In other words, if you don’t stick to it, it won’t work; and in order to accomplish permanent weight loss, you have to change your old ways and develop new ways.

The Using Psychology to Lose Weight series illustrates how to use psychology to lose weight by taking traditional weight-loss issues and showing women how to use psychology to maneuver through them.

The first book in the series is a novel of passionate weight loss. It is called Breaking Up With Food: Maria’s Last Diet. It delivers its self-help by taking the reader deep into a woman’s psychology.

The 3-volumes of Psych Your Diet: A Daily Dose are handy advice manuals to use for each phase of the weight-loss process. They show a woman how to make the personal changes needed for each weight-loss phase.

Volume 1. Psych Yourself to Start supplies what you need to get going—inspiration, understanding, and how-to’s.

Volume 2. Psych Yourself to Stick to It gives you ideas, strategies, encouragement, and more so you can do what it takes to adhere to your weight-loss regimen—all the way to goal.

Volume 3. Psych Yourself to Keep It Off helps you see what you have to do to maintain your lost weight, and it explains how to go about doing it.

Stop Your Emotional Eating lays the groundwork for seeing emotional eating for what it is. It gives a compendium of emotional eating ideas, ways to think more fully and clearly about emotional eating. Stop Your Emotional Eating, of course, also tells how to stop your emotional eating, with strategies to use for all the different aspects of emotional eating.

To solve the problems that wreck a woman’s weight-loss attempts, there is Diet Tuffy: The Fun Way to Seriously Lose Weight. This workbook helps you target your toughest dieting and weight loss problem, come up with a brand new solution, and make an ingenious plan to put the new solution into action. With Diet Tuffy, a woman can square off against lack of willpower, low self-confidence, feeling deprived, too much stress, and any other weight-loss foe.

The most recent book in the series is How to Break the First Big Rule of Women Who Stay Fat. This book is a personal guide to breaking one of the rules in a woman’s life that has been working to keep her fat. With the help of the strategies in this book a woman will be able to break the first big rule and handle those moments when she feels all her power slip away and she plunges right into food.

Dr. Schwarz will be available after his interview on The Mary Jones Show to answer questions at hi@mariaslastdiet.com. More on using psychology to lose weight can be found on Dr. Schwarz’s blogsite  www.mariaslastdiet.com.

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Smoking, Obesity And Lack Of Activity Named As Global Killers

Research published in leading medical journal The Lancet suggests that a lack of exercise can be as big a killer as obesity and smoking.

According to the study, approximately one third of adults do not do a healthy amount of exercise, and it is suggested that this could be causing 5.3 million deaths worldwide each year – the equivalent of one in ten deaths – from related illnesses such as breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Nutritionist Caron Leckie, who works for the UK’s largest provider of chef prepared meals and delivered diets, Diet Chef, comments: “In my experience the weather has a big impact on activity levels, certainly in the UK, and many people use it as an excuse to stay indoors and watch television, rather than getting out and about.

“In addition to this, thousands of our customers have jobs which see them sitting down at a desk for up to nine hours each day. It is logical that this sedentary lifestyle can be conducive to obesity.”

Ms Leckie also added that Diet Chef is “working hard to help people to lose weight with our calorie-controlled diet” and that as a company they are also “working closely with a personal trainer to offer advice and tips on how to move more, no matter what your age, weight or health status.”

It is recommended that adults should do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, this equates to just over 20 minutes per day.

According to a report by the BBC, “researchers said the problem was now so bad it should be treated as a pandemic”.

Ms Leckie’s top tips for motivation to exercise include:
1. Add An Activity
2. Try Something Different
3. Find a Positive Each Week
4. Take up a Hobby

Read her full list of tips on the Diet Chef blog.

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Medical Weight Loss in Atlanta

Medical weight loss in Atlanta seen to be more effective that conventional non-medical weight loss programs. If you are seriously overweight or having trouble losing weight through normal methods you should definitely consider medical weight loss. Medical weight loss is any sort of diet or regimen of weight loss that is supervised by a doctor.

Contrary to popular belief, medical weight loss does not always involve drugs or surgery. In many cases, a regimen of medical weight loss can take the place of drugs and surgical procedures. Therefore it is often cheaper, safer and more effective. In many cases, the physicians overseeing a medical weight loss program in Atlanta can prescribe alternatives to both drugs and surgery.

There are also some times when a medical weight loss program could be necessary. They include:

Persons who have not been able to lose weight through normal dieting and exercise.

  • Persons who are seriously overweight or have been told their weight threatens their health.
  • Persons with serious medical problems including diabetes.
  • Individuals who need to loose a lot of weight quickly.
  • Persons with a history of eating disorders such as anorexia
  • People with a history of mental illness or issues with addiction.
  • Persons who have medical restrictions on their diet

Anybody who has a serious health problem that they need regular medical care for should definitely consider medical weight loss in Atlanta instead of regular dieting. In many cases it will work for people who are incapable of normal diets.

Even many people who are in normal health can benefit from medical weight loss in Atlanta . A properly administered program can help a person loose weight without serious health problems. Persons who are severely overweight should definitely consider such a program. So should anybody who has medical restrictions on his or her diet or diseases related to hormones.

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What is the Best Way to Lose Weight? – One of the Topics that Inspired eMedToday

eMedToday is a new series of web sites that will address many health care issues, the first being, “What is the best way to lose weight ?” The site will be supervised by Graham Player, PhD who holds a Doctoral Degree in Health Science.

Graham Player PhD is the author of many books and internationally recognized for his work including “Everybody’s Health-Time to Reap the Benefits of East and West” and “Disease and Diagnosis for the Acupuncturist”. The web sites will be authoritative web sites that will contain content specifically chosen to help those who need information and solutions.

Weight loss is a problem of astronomical proportions in the U.S. alone. Nearly 64% of Americans are overweight and 325,000 deaths each year are directly related to obesity. The problem does not just concern adults; children are being affected as well. All of this has led to a multi-billion dollar weight loss industry.

eMedToday contains a variety of weight loss tools, tips and books all designed to provide the best information on “What is the best way to lose weight ?” In addition, the website will provide users with natural weight loss methods that include healthy food and exercise.

eMedToday will be launching the first website on weight loss but in the coming months there will be a variety of health topics in many areas including skin problems, heart problems, allergies, Alzheimer, diabetes and cancer.

eMedToday will be a trusted authority in the weight loss and other areas where people can access useful information.

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Psych Your Diet: A Daily Dose – The Handy Advice Manuals For Women To Use Every Day

Introducing a three-volume set of books about how to use psychology for weight-loss success. Together, the three volumes give women the help they need with the whole process of losing weight: how to START, how to STICK TO IT, how to KEEP IT OFF.

Dr. Kenneth Schwarz is a psychologist practicing in Connecticut, where he is on the allied health staff at Sharon Hospital. Julie North Schwarz is a writer in the field of women’s weight issues.

Also by the authors: Breaking Up With Food: Maria’s Last Diet, and Diet Tuffy: The Online System for Diet Mastery. They publish the Daily Blog at MariasLastDiet.com.

Product Details
Titles: Psych Your Diet: A Daily Dose
Volume 1. Psych Yourself to START
Volume 2. Psych Yourself to STICK TO IT
Volume 3. Psych Yourself to KEEP IT OFF
Release date: December 30, 2010
In paperback and multi-format e-book
Publisher: Symmetry Press LLC
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Apple, other online retailers, and at nearby bookstores.

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Study Reveals Significant Correlation Between Metabolism And Everyday Breathing

According to a recent study released today, individuals with breathing problems, risk of asthma, and their prevalence in individuals whose weight exceeds healthy levels, is on-average 50 percent higher than those maintaining a healthy weight. The study, conducted in collaboration with The Laboratory of the Functional Reserves of the Human Body, Institute of Physiology of the Russian Science Academy, and Innovative Technologies Dept. and commissioned by BreathSlim, Inc., showed that respiration training had a significant impact on metabolism and an individuals ability to lose weight.

The results of the study, particularly those illustrating positive impact to Body Mass Index (BMI), corroborate BreathSlim’s decision to announce the launch of the new BreathSlim a weight loss system designed to modify the body’s traditional breathing cycle, expanding capacity through resistance training. Researchers observed that the average person utilizes 20 percent of oxygen upon inhalation. Training the respiratory system to increase oxygen absorption capacity through adaption of the body’s anti-hypoxia mechanisms, which include metabolism, ultimately contribute to increased weight loss.

“It’s never been easier to achieve a healthy lifestyle through reducing and maintaining a healthy weight. As our most recent study reveals the previously uncorrelated link between weight loss and everyday breathing is actually quite significant,” said Albert Shumoff, chief operating officer and global vice-president. “Moreover, BreathSlim is quick to implement and provides individuals with the methodology and lifestyle changes available today to improve their health and quality of life.”

Survey Key Findings
• 4 percent increase in oxygen absorption
• 3-5 percent improvement in BMI and 4.4-5.1 percent improvement in body fat

Survey Methodology
The study was conducted using volunteers in a three-phase breathing experiment utilizing the original form of equipment. The first phase used breathing through the nose, the second phase used pauses after inhalation, and the third phase used exhalation through the mouth with resistance. Each phase utilized varying combinations of time elapsed pre/post breathing cycle as well as water resistance. Observations were performed with subjects at a state of rest and collected in real-time, post one-month use, and post three-months. Observation methods used include anthropometry (e.g. measurements of height, weight, % of body fat, body mass index, control of blood pressure, heart rate) and spirography gas analyzer Oxyon-Pro Jaeger (e.g. breath volume, speed characteristics of breath, total gas analysis).

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Dieting Gets a Makeover

It is time to shine a light on what makes the difference for successful dieting. It is not the diet that matters most. What really counts is paying attention to the psychological side of things.

The new look of dieting is painted into a novel of passionate weight loss called Breaking Up With Food: Maria’s Last Diet. The authors, Julie North Schwarz and Kenneth Schwarz PhD are also the creators of the women’s website, MariasLastDiet.com. The website is a wealth of information about the psychological issues that all too often stand in the way of weight loss.

Breaking Up With Food is a self-help book that pulls the reader deep into a psychological milieu. Maria’s weight-loss journey is a story of suspense, mystery, daring, and victory. It begins with an unintended look in the mirror, and ends in triumph when Maria reaches her goal weight at last.

Breaking Up With Food is fiction, but there’s a real story behind it. It’s a story for any woman who has trouble dieting. It’s for those who can’t stay on a diet; it’s for those who stay on but at some point gain it all back. It’s for those who keep trying and failing; it’s for those who keep dreaming about losing weight; it’s for those who have given up the dream and want it back.

Dr. Schwarz, a psychologist and psychoanalyst, puts it this way: “ This book is meant to inspire and encourage every woman who is still struggling with her weight. It is not, by any means, a rigid set of rules. Instead, reading the book is an uplifting experience. It’s like when you pick a flower, you don’t need to stop and think, this is the stamen, these are the petals, this is the reaction with the sun that makes it this color—no. You pick the flower, it’s beautiful, it gets inside of you, it makes a difference in your life. That’s what Maria’s story is like.”

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LetsGoWorkout.com Offers First-of-its-kind, Live, Online, Cardio Workout

To help people of all fitness levels stay motivated and on-track to meet their weight loss and wellness goals, the first and only live, online cardio workout website has been developed. LetsGoWorkout.com features daily live workouts that can be easily accessed through the internet. All workouts are cardio-based and can be customized to accommodate varying fitness levels from beginner to advanced.

LetsGoWorkout.com Offers First-of-its-kind, Live, Online, Cardio Workout

“For less than half the cost of a traditional gym membership, we have created an online community of members working to improve their health and fitness,” said Dave Paccassi, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Founder of LetsGoWorkout.com. “Our goal is to help people simplify their approach to a healthy life style through entertaining, motivational live workouts.”

The live daily workouts are based on the Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) Scale. This 1 to 10 scale is based on how hard someone feels they are working out. Depending on the cardio equipment being used, such as a bike, treadmill or elliptical machine, participants can increase or decrease their RPE level by adjusting the speed, resistance, or incline of their workout.

Not only are the workouts fun and entertaining, but the website also provides a variety of resources for members including archived workouts, over 120 unique workouts, a forum for fitness and weight loss discussion and the ability to workout in the privacy of their own home.

To join, participants can go to www.letsgoworkout.com and click on the “Get Started” button at the bottom of the page. Live workouts are conducted Monday and Wednesday 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., Friday 6 a.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. EST. The previous weeks recorded workouts can also be accessed in the archive section of the website. The participants only need a computer, a high-speed Internet connection and a piece of exercise equipment (treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical, or anything that can give you a great cardio workout).

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LighterLife Has Produced A Brand New Calendar To Help Raise Money For The Prostate Cancer Charity

LighterLife has produced a brand new calendar to help raise money for the Prostate Cancer Charity. The calendar features 12 men who have lost weight with LighterLife baring all for the cameras.

These brave men, from various walks of life had a variety of personal reasons for losing weight which ranged from being able to keep up their kids and reducing the risk of bad health, through to wanting to apply to become a fireman. What brought these men together was that they all had the same goal; to lose weight with LighterLife. With their lives changed for the better, they stripped down to not only celebrate their amazing weight loss, but to also raise money and awareness for a charity close to their hearts.

Lee, who posed for the month of January, lost six stone and is now running rings around his young football team. Gary, otherwise known as Mr. February, is six stone lighter and no longer lags behind the rest of his walking group. Lee, or Mr. March, has lost the five stone he put on after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Mark, who can be seen in the calendar in April, has a new lease on life and can keep up with his kids after losing four stone. Mike, or Mr. May, is no longer clinically obese and since losing just under three stone, is a faster and more confident water polo player. Five stone lighter, Nuno, or Mr. June, now has the confidence and the BMI to apply for his dream job as a fireman.

Former yo-yo dieter Phil, who posed for July, lost three stone which has given him the confidence to do what he loves – DJ’ing. Steven, or Mr. August, can now enjoy a full game of football without feeling tired and Rod, who features in September, is now training for a triathalon to help maintain his five stone weight loss.

LighterLife weight-management Counsellor Gina Lennon, who coordinated the men during the calendar photo shoot, said: “I’m delighted to have been involved in this project. There has been a great deal of interest and this has definitely put the fun back into fundraising. The calendar boys have achieved so much – losing such large amounts of weight, maintaining their weight loss, overcoming fears about their body image and baring all to raise money for a very worthwhile charity.”

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LighterLife Has Conducted A New Survey That Has Revealed The Shocking Scale Of Abuse Faced By Overweight People In Britain

LighterLife has conducted a new survey that has revealed the shocking scale of abuse faced by overweight people in Britain, with nine out of 10 overweight Britons having been called a derogatory name due to their weight.

LighterLife Has Conducted A New Survey That Has Revealed The Shocking Scale Of Abuse Faced By Overweight People In Britain

The survey of over 1,000 adults conducted by weight loss specialist LighterLife, revealed that the younger generation are the worse culprits with 56% of 16-24 year olds cited as responsible for name calling compared to 35% of 55-64 year olds.

When it comes to insulting friends and relatives, men are the most cruel with nearly a third admitting to name calling compared to just 11% of women. Shockingly, 33% of obese or very obese people admitted that they also called others names despite being overweight themselves. And it is friends who appear to receive the brunt of this abuse. Overall, 68% reserved abuse for their friends, 15% insulted their siblings while partners and parents are equal at 10% each.

Mandy Cassidy, a psychotherapist with LighterLife, said: “It’s sad that adults now find such behaviour acceptable, particularly so among the younger age groups, as they could well carry these views as they get older, thus increasing the problem even further.

People can appear to shrug off comments, she added, but inside, they can be devastated: “Often it is only through counselling that the full impact becomes clear – many of our clients have resorted to avoiding social occasions and decline invitations.

“Even some people who appear totally confident say that they become ‘really good liars’ and concoct a range of excuses for not attending events which can drive them indoors to eat as a way of dealing with their hurt and anger, compounding the problem.

“Just because someone is overweight, it doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to insult them. This type of prejudice isn’t tolerated in any other walk of life so we shouldn’t allow it here.”

About LighterLife
LighterLife is a weight loss and weight management programme for people who are one stone or more overweight and with a body mass index of 25 or above. LighterLife has helped over 150,000 people to successfully lose weight since 1996.

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Chubby Celebs Make Obesity The “Norm”

Stick thin celebrities have long been held responsible for the pressure on ordinary people to lose weight – now it would seem the tables have turned and fat celebrities are being blamed for the rising obesity epidemic.

Experts say that tubby celebs such as “Gavin and Stacey’s” James Corden and Ruth Jones are making obesity more socially acceptable and “normal”.

The profile of “larger” celebs has considerably risen over the years, with names such as Dawn French, Jonny Vegas, Peter Kay and of course Fern Britton (who has now lost her weight), appearing on our screens.

A recent report revealed that 23 per cent of Brits are now classed as obese compared to just 11 per cent 10 years ago.

More than 2,000 people took part in a nationwide survey in which researchers found that 17 per cent of obese people refuse to consider taking action to lose weight, whether via surgery or extreme diet regimes.

Weight loss doesn’t have to revolve around fad diets and excruciating exercise regimes though. The Hospital Group, one of the country’s leading obesity and cosmetic surgery providers, offers a wide range of obesity treatments including gastric band and body shaping treatments including liposuction and tummy tuck.

Last year The Hospital Group saw a staggering 73 per cent increase in the number of enquires made regarding weight loss surgery, making them the largest obesity surgery provider in the UK.

Since The Hospital Group was established in 1992, it has grown from a small pharmaceutical company to one of the UK’s foremost weight loss surgery providers.

For further information of The Hospital Group’s range of weight loss procedures, surgery-seekers should visit the website www.thehospitalgroup.org or call our patient care coordinators on 0845 762 6727.

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Lighterlife Appoints New CEO And Sales And Marketing Director

LighterLife, the weight loss and weight management programme for those who are one stone or more overweight, has announced that Sara Jamison is to be the company’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Sara originally joined LighterLife in January 2007 as the Sales and Marketing Director. Throughout her time at LighterLife, Sara has succeeded in gaining a strong understanding of the business and an appreciation of the challenges that LighterLife clients face when trying to lose weight. Sara’s varied experience includes previous senior roles as Brand Communications Director at Virgin Cosmetics and Marketing Director for Iceland.

Commenting on her appointment, Sara said: “I have been privileged to work closely with our extensive counsellor base over the last two and a half years and I am always delighted to hear how LighterLife makes a positive impact on our client’s lives.

“As CEO, I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and driving the business forward so that we can continue helping as many people as possible change their lives for the better”, she continued.

In addition to Sara Jamison’s appointment, LighterLife has also selected Sue Dover as Sales and Marketing Director. Sue brings a wealth of sales and marketing experience and has previously held positions as Marketing Director for The Body Shop, La Senza and, most recently, Chief Operating Officer for Umberto Giannini.

Sue commented: “LighterLife is an inspirational business and I am looking forward to joining the team and building on the good work and success that Sara has achieved in this role.”

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LighterLife is offering people the opportunity to become their own boss by training to become a LighterLife Weight Management Counsellor

LighterLife, the weight management and weight loss programme, is expanding its network of weight management counsellors and, as a result, the company is offering people the chance to train as a weight management counsellor.

Throughout the UK, LighterLife is looking to recruit motivated, self starters to run their own business. Trainee Weight Loss Counsellors will receive the support of LighterLife’s nationally recognised brand to help show some of the estimated 14 million obese people in the UK how to lose weight and live more active lives.

Zoe Taylor, Franchise Development Manager at LighterLife, commented: “Starting your own business is a great way of reorganising your life and embarking on a career in an area that you are passionate about. Becoming a LighterLife Counsellor could be a great way someone to start their own business and the support of LighterLife’s nationally recognised brand can make those first steps that much easier. LighterLife offers a fast track business launch along with extensive central office and field based business support to help grow the business.

“LighterLife Counsellors have the potential for high earnings and, as they operate as self employed businesses, can take advantage of flexible working hours and the opportunity to decide the working hours that fit their lives.”

Debbie Blackburn recently qualified as a LighterLife Counsellor after being made redundant from her job as an Account Manager. Debbie comments: “When I was told I was being made redundant I was very upset. After seeking legal advice I demanded a fair redundancy package and decided to go self-employed. Having successfully lost four stone on the LighterLife Programme I decided to use my experience of the programme to retrain and become a Counsellor. It just goes to show that redundancy is not the end and can sometimes be the beginning.”

About LighterLife:
LighterLife is a
weight-loss and weight-management programme for people who are one stone or more overweight and with a BMI (body mass index) of 25 or above. LighterLife has helped over 100,000 people lose weight fast since 1996.

The unique LighterLife approach offers programmes specific to the obese and the overweight in the form of nutritionally complete soups, shakes and bars combined with specialised counselling using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and transactional analysis (TA) techniques. Clients benefit not only from safe, fast weight loss but they also learn the behavioural changes needed to sustain it.

Founded in 1996, the LighterLife Programme was developed by three of its directors – Jackie Cox, Bar Hewlett and Rebecca Hunter.

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Making your New Year’s resolution stick: A Dear John letter

Dear Food,

I’m breaking up with you.

Don’t be surprised. I’ve certainly tried to do it many times before, but I always weakened and went back to you.

I finally woke up and realized this relationship is not good for me. I’m not getting what I need from you. It’s hurting me, not allowing me the space to grow in the ways I need to grow. You’re holding me back.

I know I’ll have separation anxiety, but I’ve stayed with you too long, way past when I should have. This just isn’t working for me. You don’t listen to me. You don’t give me attention. You don’t care about what I’m going through. It’s almost like you don’t have any feelings for me at all, yet I’ve stuck close to you, helpless and dependent.

I know you won’t let go of me so easily. I know you’ll keep calling me, asking me to come back. But please, let me go now.

In the beginning you were always there, ready to calm me and soothe me, but it went too far. I came to rely on you. I looked to you for everything. In all fairness, it was too much to ask of you. No way could you fulfill all my needs. For so long I’ve settled, afraid to go out there and find something better for myself. I need to do that.

I now withdraw my heart from you so I can be free to put it elsewhere, some place where I can be loved back. I’ve tried to break up with you before. This time it’s real. I want to be on the cutting edge of my own life, and I can’t do it while I’m still tied to you. Thinking about being free scares me, but I want it. I must have it. I think I’m brave enough at last.

I know I’ll long for you. I know I’ll think of you a lot, especially during those hard times. I know I’ll be tempted to come back to you. But this time I’ve got a plan, things I’m prepared to do when I get lonely and sad. I’ve been thinking of other ways to celebrate when I’m happy or proud. I have remedies in place for being bored or tired.

At this point you’re a troublemaker in my life and I intend to keep my emotional distance from you. So in a way, this is goodbye. Of course, I’ll still come into contact with you day to day, but let’s just be friends, not lovers.

Don’t cry (although you never do, it’s me who does all the crying).

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LighterLife launches its LighterLife Lite Programme to help those looking for a Lite Christmas

With the party season fast approaching, thoughts may be turning to fitting into that little black dress or dinner suit. As the office Christmas party beckons and people want to stand out in the crowd then the new LighterLife Programme may have the answer.

Launching on 24th November, the new LighterLife Lite Programme, is a safe, simple, sustainable weight-loss and weight-management programme for men and women, designed for people with one or more stone to lose (minimum body mass index of 25), and could be just what is needed.

By using the online BMI calculator as a guide and then following the LighterLife Lite Programme, which combines a low-calorie meal plus three nutritionally complete soups, shakes and bars each day, it is possible to lose up to 14lbs by Christmas Eve – the equivalent weight of a turkey for a family of 10.

The LighterLife Lite Programme also helps participants to explore the reasons why they overeat and then learn effective ways to deal with their problems, feelings and difficult situations, without turning to food, through weekly group meetings led by an accreditedLighterLife Weight-Management Counsellor.

The unique weight-loss programme and weight-management programme was previously only available to those with three stone or more to lose and with a BMI greater than 29, however due to popular demand, the new LighterLife Lite Programme is now being made available to anyone who is one stone or more overweight, with a BMI of 25 or above.

When a healthy weight has been achieved, Lighterlife offers a supportive free for life weight management programme to help keep the weight off for good.


About LighterLife

LighterLife is a quick weight loss and weight-management programme for people who are one stone or more overweight and with a body mass index of 25 or above, and who are looking for how to lose weight in a safe, simple, sustainable way. Over 100,000 people have successfully lost weight with LighterLife since 1996.

The unique LighterLife approach offers programmes specific to the obese and the overweight in the form of nutritionally complete soups, shakes and bars combined with specialised counselling using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and transactional analysis (TA) techniques. Clients benefit not only from rapid, safe weight loss but they also learn the behavioural changes needed to sustain it.

Founded in 1996, the LighterLife Programme was developed by three of its directors – Jackie Cox, Bar Hewlett and Rebecca Hunter.

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