How do I know if I need to lose weight?
A good assessment of whether you need to lose weight is given by your body mass index (BMI).
The NHS has a BMI calculator
A BMI of over 30 (unless you are an athlete with highly developed muscles) puts you at a higher risk of health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Losing weight you are likely to have more energy, generally feel better, and perhaps more confidence, and a better self-image.
If you have a BMI of 18.5-24.9 this is healthy. For me, it is important to be able to maintain a healthy weight without effort.
In my experience a lot of weight gain is due to "mindless eating" or eating to calm negative emotions. Again, stress is a main driver. For those who food is a comfort, it will be used to sooth or calm when sad, lonely, angry or any other negative emotion. By dealing with the stress, and the linked habitual pattern, one has the choice to eat to live, rather than live to eat.
Needless to say, changing habits, goes alongside a healthy balanced diet.
What causes weight gain?
Conventional science believes that weight gain is because the calories consumed are in excess of calories expended.
Empirically this can be proven, and those on a severely restricted calorie control diet will often lose weight. The challenge is to maintain the weight loss when the "calorie control diet" comes to an end - or social life takes over.
Michael Montingnac has studied research that denies the calorie control method. This is supported by clients I have treated in my own clinic, where I find high blood sugar levels created by high consumption of sugars and processed foods, are the most likely to lead to weight gain.
Removing the obsession with calories gives more freedom to the individual to have a normal relationship with food, rather than a binge-starve relationship.
It is important for the individual to eat the right food - essentially avoid sugar.
In addition emotional triggers to over-eating should be identified and dealt with, so other drivers to weight gain might be:
- Depression or anxiety
- Giving up smoking, or anything else addictive (from coffee to drugs)
- Cannabis has a known feature of "munchies"
- Mindless eating while distracted - working on the computer, watching TV or a film, etc
Conventional weight loss advice and solutions?
Your GP will measure your weight and height to establish your body mass index (BMI). A healthy BMI is 18.5-24.9, so if you are 25 or above you will be considered overweight.
Your waist may also be measured - having a larger tummy, relative to your hips, puts you more at risk to type 2 diabetes and heart problems.
Your blood pressure, or other blood tests eg. cholesterol may also be taken.
Dietary guidance will be given - you may be advised to keep a food diary.
You will be advised to take gentle regular exercise.
You may be referred to a weight loss group.
If you've made dietary changes, and take regular exercise and you are still not losing weight, you may be prescribed medication for weight loss - Orlistat. Or if absolutely necessary surgery may be discussed.
How do I help with weight loss?
Weight loss is more than just what and how much we eat. Undoubtedly this is a cause with an effect, but then why do some of us gain weight when we’re on the strictest diet? Or lose weight on the diet, and pile on more weight as soon as we take the reins off?
Weight loss caveats
I run through my guide to eating to stay slim. This is not about calories, but essentially a low GI diet, with complete avoidance of sugar or anything sweet (other than fruit), together with food combining - avoid eating carbohydrates and protein in one meal.
This is a way of eating that is easy to maintain whether you are at home or eating out. However, it is more challenging for vegetarians or sugar addicts.
- Tests specific problem foods for you, to avoid bloating and weight gain - sugar, dairy and wheat can be problems.
- Tests for candida and other pathogens. In my experience some overweight people are more susceptible to candida. This can lead to bloating, poor energy, digestive issues and other symptoms.
- Test for adrenal fatigue, thyroid deficiency, essential fatty acid deficiency, and other markers of compromised health, which may be affecting your energy, and your weight.
If candida or other pathogens are found frequency therapy will be used to destroy the candida, or other pathogen. This uses sound waves which vibrate at the frequency of the pathogen to destroy the pathogen. Similar to the way an opera singer's voice breaks a glass.
Regular tapping using EFT, breaks the obsession with food, especially sugar and carbs, and breaks mindless eating or emotional eating to create a healthier relationships with food.
To understand how you relate to food I will ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire to identify how you relate to food and your weight, your habits and beliefs.
We then use EFT together in the session - and you will learn how to do it for yourself to break habits and beliefs which drive the lack of control around food.
Using both auricular points and body points help to relieve stress, which can drive eating.
Additionally, Stomach and Spleen points will be used to help relieve bloating - if any, and Spleen Yang may be nourished to help reduce sugar cravings.
Other health niggles may also be addressed by the acupuncture.
Effectiveness of treatment
Your relationship with food changes - food no longer rules you. With clear caveats of a low GI diet (but not restricting volume - within reason), losing weight and maintaining your goal weight is relatively easily achievable.
Conclusion: EFT can have an immediate effect on reducing food cravings, result in maintaining reduced cravings over time and this addition to weight loss/dietary programs may result in assisting people to achieve and maintain reduced food cravings.
Stapleton, P.; Sheldon, T.; Porter, B.; Whitty, J.
2009, unpublished research study, submitted for publication.
Each case is slightly different, so to discuss your symptoms further call 020 7370 4693 or email.
A case study from my clinic
Anna, 42 came to see me for "stress related tummy stuff", weight loss and bloating. Life was fairly stressful, running her own business. Anna's energy levels were about 5/10, and she was exhausted by 6.30, she got heartburn when stressed.
At the first treatment we identified foods that might cause bloating, energy and other problems. These included: cow's cheese, chocolate, coffee, cow's milk, sugar, wheat, yeast, red and white wine.
I treated with acupuncture, moving Liver Qi Stagnation, and nourishing Stomach and Spleen energy, whilst using calming points to help the stress.
Anna tested positive to Candida and post virus - both were treated with frequency therapy.
She was showing iron deficient, the supplement Floradix tested positive to help resolve this.
EFT tapping was used on sugar cravings.
One week later Anna reported her energy was better: 7/10, and more even. The bloating was better, but not fully resolved. Cravings were better, but came and went a little. Yes, the last week was very stressful - not enough orders!
After four treatments Anna reported she'd had little tummy pain - at one time when entertaining a client she had a slight twinge, but Slippery Elm (which I'd recommended for such occasions) helped a lot. There had been a bit of bloating, but it was better than originally.
Weight was going down by about 1 kg a week.
Lifestyle advice for weight loss
- Avoid sugar - including honey, molasses, syrup, etc
- Eat carbohydrates separately from protein
- Avoid fats with carbohydrates (eg. no bread and butter)
- Protein and fat is fine
- Avoid any processed foods
- Eat 3 decent meals a day, and don't snack in between
- Eat breakfast - before 9am - do not skip
- Try to eat your evening meal before 8pm
- When eating - only eat, don't read, watch telly, etc
- Eat only what's on your plate - don't graze or pick
- Drink 1.5-2 litres of water a day
- Avoid high GI foods
If you know the EFT tapping points, try three rounds of tapping on a craving eg. for chocolate, before you give in.
- Keep stress levels low - often a trigger to over eating:
- Get good rest, at least 8 hours a night, the more before midnight the better
- Take a walk in nature: the countryside or a park
- Try yoga, Qi Gong or Tai Chi
- Engage your creativity: painting, playing an instrument, taking pictures, creative writing (start with a journal)
- Avoid over obsessing about emails, texts and the internet
- Anything to provide balance to counteract a busy life
Ask yourself, what do I do to relax? I hope you have an answer! If so, make time for it. If not - play and find out.
A brisk walk of 30 minutes or more, a session in the gym, swimming - or whatever does it for you - not only burns the calories, but shifts the emotions that might cause you to over eat.