Friend #1 had struggled all her life with her weight and body image and used food as an emotional crutch to block out negative emotions. Once she had kids it was difficult to lose weight and she went back to the diet that had served her well in the past. For a number of years she went to the weekly meetings, tried (and often failed miserably) to stick to the eating plan, never lost any significant amount of weight and began to feel worse and worse about her body, her health and her self-esteem plummeted.
Seeing the success of another friend on a different diet she decided to jump ship and try a different approach. This diet worked for a while, she lost half a stone, maybe a little more and then life got in the way, the Summer holiday caught up with her and she was back to square one. Feeling a failure once more, she gave up and gained even more weight.
After a few months she decided enough was enough. She invested a large amount of money and a great deal of time on a one to one approach diet with a personalised eating plan. She was hungry all the time but began to lose weight. After a few months she began to fall off the wagon, life got in the way and the weight began to creep back on.
Eventually she was ready to try yet another diet. This one worked quickly but Christmas came round and she found it difficult to get back on the wagon. Although she didn’t gain all the weight back, she gained some.
She couldn’t face the going back to the diet and so looked for another, which she duly started…
Meanwhile friend #2 had an emotional trauma at the age of 21 and learned to use food to block out emotions. Over her 20s she did the largest 2 diet clubs in the UK and yo-yo’d between a UK size 14 and 18. She tried a few other diets but mainly stuck with one of the large slimming clubs which she returned to over and over again in her 30s. At age 35, a size 18 creeping towards a 20 she took stock, decided enough was enough and went to see a hypnotherapist specialising in weight loss.
Using the therapists approach of unlocking the reasons behind the eating, building self-esteem and her belief in herself again, she lost weight and returned to be a size 14 (and sometimes a 12) within 6 months, keeping her weight steady for a further 3 years with very little effort or stress and certainly no dieting.
She never comfort eats, although she has been known to eat the odd piece of cake just because she wants to!
Leave a comment below and tell me which friend would you rather be?