Meet Susi, the founder of the Mind over Body Weight Management Programme
I understand that to lose weight and keep it off you need more than to “eat less & move more”. I learned that through my own experience, as I went through most of my life trying out the latest diets and exercise regimes which promised to help me lose weight.
I counted calories, points and syns, I cut out whole food groups, detoxed and drank shakes. I did lose weight on most of those plans, but I found it difficult to sustain and very soon the weight came back on, and then some more on top of it.
The thing is, I knew exactly what I should eat and what I shouldn’t it. Most of what I ate was healthy, home-cooked food. However, I was an emotional eater, and I found that is the case with most people who come to see me for weight management.
I was feeling stressed, frustrated and guilty. Pausing my career to raise our 3 children was for me very important and I was lucky to be able to do that. However, I also missed going to work and interacting with other people. Without realising it, when I felt stressed or guilty about missing work, I would turn to chocolate, looking to make myself feel better. Deep down I knew that this is not going to help but I was thinking “just a little bit won’t make a difference”.
Later on in life, when I went to college to study Psychology and Psychotherapy, I had to undergo counselling myself as part of my studies. I then discovered that I did hold strong associations to chocolate from my childhood and that chocolate had become my “go to” when experiencing difficult emotions.
While studying, I also learned about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and how it is applied to help to change behaviours and thought patterns, which is the key to achieving lasting behaviour changes that lead to sustainable weight loss. Once I started applying the principles of CBT to myself I started to lose weight without having to “diet” or count points, calories or syns.
My own experience of weight gain and weight loss, combined with my studies, led me to developed the “Mind over Body Weight Management Programme”. This programme is evidence based and applies CBT tools and techniques which not only equip you to achieve weight loss and a healthy lifestyle, but also to help you achieve a balanced and fulfilling life.