The Psychology of Weight Loss

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2013 Annual Australian & New Zealand Weight Loss Leaders Summit - Melbourne - www.weightlossinstitute.com.au

Geoffrey Favaloro is a Psychologist, Reiki Teacher and Director of the Centre For Happiness. In this dynamic session you will:
Understand the mind-body connection and patterns of weight loss and weight gain.
Learn how people sabotage themselves in their weight loss efforts on a subconscious level and how to recognise these patterns.
Discover the top five ways to work with the mind and the emotions.
How can mindfulness and meditation help.
Experience a guided process to use with your clients to help them lose weight faster and with greater ease.

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The Psychology of Weight Loss

  1. 1. www.HappinessCentre.com Geoffrey Favaloro Psychologist - Reiki Teacher www.HappinessCentre.com
  2. 2. Today’s Topics 1. The mind-body connection & weight loss 2. Habits, emotions, sabotage and the subconscious 3. Top ways to work with the mind & emotions 4. How mindfulness and meditation assist 5. Guided process to use with your clients www.HappinessCentre.com 2
  3. 3. Your clients have the knowledge but don’t necessarily act on it.. Why? www.HappinessCentre.com 3
  4. 4. Carol Shively, PhD, professor of pathology-comparative medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine:- 4 Steps for Beating Belly Fat:- “There are four keys to controlling belly fat: exercise, diet, sleep & stress management”. www.HappinessCentre.com 4
  5. 5. Mindhealth (Australian Government, 2013):- What is stress? Stress is a natural human response to pressure.. 1. acute Stress 2. episodic Stress 3. chronic Stress ..so, can’t switch off & have difficulty eating or sleeping www.HappinessCentre.com 5
  6. 6. Neuroscientist Frances Champagne :- “repeated activation of the stress response can result in physical changes, caused by too many inflammatory proteins being pumped into the bloodstream” Stress hormones, particularly the adrenals affect our limbic system (emotional brain) So we become more anxious/nervy/agitated and then want to comfort ourselves - to calm down! www.HappinessCentre.com 6
  7. 7. www.HappinessCentre.com 7Dr Oz & Paul McKenna hypnotist 2012
  8. 8. Food comforts us by changing our mood e.g. dopamine (no brainer!) and changes our body chemistry e.g. increases the insulin & other hormones So, we learn that 1. food works 2. And from our parents and so our habit grows! www.HappinessCentre.com 8
  9. 9. Caryl Ehrlich (overeater) - conquerfood.com on food addiction:- “you get in the habit of eating not when you are physically hungry, but when you are emotionally hungry or frustrated, bored, angry, sleepy and grumpy, or possibly when you need distraction from stress..” Addiction(habits) = stuck on same thing Expecting different results www.HappinessCentre.com 9
  10. 10. If we are overeating then:- we need to ask: “ What’s eating us? ” i.e.: what emotions are we “eating on?” www.HappinessCentre.com 10
  11. 11. how people sabotage themselves It’s not intentional - its often unconscious! Why? - because its hard to ‘change’ www.HappinessCentre.com 11
  12. 12. www.HappinessCentre.com 12 Conscious ‘mind’: logical thoughts 12 - 22% _______________ Subconscious ‘mind’: limbic (emotions) 88 - 78% e.g.:- blushing, sexual feelings, food & other habits!
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  14. 14. www.HappinessCentre.com 14 We are Powerless until we change!
  15. 15. First thing, be kind to ourselves!! www.HappinessCentre.com 15
  16. 16. Then, 5 ways to overcome ‘over’ eating habits: 1. Eat with, not on feelings 2. What do I really want/need/feel? 3. It’s o.k. to comfort myself - seek new ways 4. Take a deep breath and wait a bit 5. Become conscious - emotional mastery with stress - e.g. use mindfulness www.HappinessCentre.com 16
  17. 17. from the AGE news paper 12 June 13 “Mindfulness is credited for alleviating a whole variety of mental and physical conditions - from weight loss to anxiety to stress.” According to the American Psychological Association, it's been shown to reduce stress, boost memory, improve focus, decrease emotional reactivity. www.HappinessCentre.com 17
  18. 18. www.HappinessCentre.com 18 it's about engaging with your life, moment by moment
  19. 19. 19 Gentle relaxation music from CD Relax & Unwind www.HappinessCentre.com
  20. 20. Video clips for your clients 1. Empower Yourself - Inner child/emotion focus (DVD) 36:15 2. Subconscious Habits (Talk) 5:47 3. Lose weight Positive tips (Talk) 10:14 4. Meditate easily - tips (Talk) 8:26 5. Guided Relaxation Meditation (voice, scenery + music 5:47 6. Relaxing Healing Music (scenery & music) 8:30 www.HappinessCentre.com 20
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  22. 22. www.HappinessCentre.com 22 Questions.. Copyright – all rights reserved. Not to be re-produced without written permission Geoffrey Favaloro Psychologist www.HappinessCentre.com

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