Weight control programme
This is not my programme but your own, all I do is support you. I don’t believe in ‘one size fits all’ and the programme needs to be designed to suit you, your lifestyle and goals. The programme will have four key elements which will be explained and provide you with the tools, guidance and support needed for you and your programme to be successful.
Four key elements
- Nourishment – noun – the food or other substances necessary for growth, health and good condition. Well that’s what the dictionary states as the meaning of the word, for me it is something completely different. I love this word, for me it invokes an array of emotions, senses and feelings. Nourishment to me conjures up the images of coming home from a lovely walk on a cold but sunny winters day to the smell of a freshly cooked, nutrient packed bowl of hot soup with a nice crusty roll on the side. Then when you have finished the soup you get the feeling of a huge welcoming hug. Now that’s how I look at that word and for others it could be completely different. I don’t like to use the word diet, as it fills me with feelings of going without, hunger and failure. The dictionary states the word as – noun -the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats, or a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons. The word restricts says it all for me.
For your programme we will discuss and agree how you want to see yourself being nourished. There will be no prescriptive meal plans, they will be designed with and for you, with no sins, points or calories to count. You will be given the tools and guidance to make your own choices knowing you will be providing your body with the right nourishment helping it to function, such as breathing, thinking, moving, fighting infection, as well as supporting growth and repair.
- Movement – noun – the act of changing physical location or position or of having it changed, in other words exercise!! Let’s stick with movement as for me that sounds a lot gentler and creates images of slow yoga type movement. Adding or increasing your movement each and every day is an important element of the programme, but again it will be your choice of what or how you chose to move. For some it may be increasing their time at the gym, adding an extra Kilometre to their walk or run but for others it could mean starting a new hobby such as yoga or Pilates, taking a short walk each day or perhaps walk to the shop rather than taking the car. The choice will be yours as it will be your schedule that it needs to fit into. Setting achievable goals will be important but even if you don’t achieve them initially, taking time to reflect will help you learn how to better set your goals.
- Rest – verb – a doing word or in this case not doing, as it means to cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. As a noun – an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity. Rest, sleep or meditation whatever you chose is going to be important. This is when the body gets a chance to recover, a good night sleep has been shown to help with weight loss or management, so creating a good sleep/night time routine will be part of the programme. Also taking time out in the day to rest or mediate also helps to refocus the mind, gives you time to reflect on our choices and decisions.
- Support – noun – a thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright. Verb – bear all or part of the weight of; hold up. In the case of your programme the support is not going to be from a thing or somebody that will bear all, but from a support structure which will consist of you and the people around you such as family, friends or work colleagues plus Eat Well to live well. Changing habits can be achieved but having a good support network around you will help you through when perhaps your own strength has taken a break. The programme itself will also provide you with the structure, guidance and support you need to take control of your weight. This will include an initial consultation, where you will be weighed, a full body composition will be recorded, and your goals will be set. We will discuss and agree the structure of your programme into which a schedule will be created for regular meet ups, either in clinic or online, whichever suits you best as well as designing your own meal plans. Cooking tips, recipes and a whole lot more will also be available. The programme can run for as long as you need it but for old habits to be broken and new ones permanently in place it should be considered for a minimum of six weeks. If you are interested in creating your own weight control programme then do please get in touch, I am here to be the first part of the framework.