CBT for Weight Loss – Allison Keating’s advice
Allison Keating is a registered psychologist & director of bWell Clinic.
What is CBT?
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural therapy) is solution focused therapy. It gets you to look at how you are thinking about food, losing weight, exercise and looks at how your beliefs and attitudes are helping or hindering you.
Some helpful tips to get you started:
Understanding what your triggers are provide insight and immediate answers to the question of why you find it hard or have found it hard to lose weight and keep it off.
- Do all the things your mother said! Eat sitting down, eat slowly and mindfully.
- I think that good eating and exercise is often down to simple planning. Schedule your exercise in writing in your diary/phone.
- Prepare your gym bag, or work out gear the night before.
- Plan all your meals and bring food from home
- Set backs will happen and this is how you learn. If you beat yourself up and stop eating well and exercising this is far more damaging so accept what happened and move on.
- It is a good idea to put in writing why you want to lose weight and what are the advantages of losing weight, this will help when you feel your motivation waning, you can keep it in your wallet, or on your mirror, but do read it, and often. Some examples could be ‘To have more energy for my family’, ‘to feel comfortable in my clothes’ etc.
For details on upcoming CBT for Weight Loss courses, visit www.bwell.ie or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org