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THE PROGRAMME

Not only is weight loss difficult to achieve, 
maintaining the weight loss is even harder, often leading to yo-yo dieting.
It is scientifically proven that having the right support, including maintenance-specific counselling is key for long term success [1]
And that is exactly what we are providing with A Weight Off Your Mind.

What is the A Weight Off Your Mind  programme?

It is an evidence-based weight loss programme [2]  in a group format of 12 to 20 participants max, run by two enthusiastic qualified and experienced registered Nutritionist, Sharon and Clem.

During each session we will cover specific topics around nutrition science:

  • food choices,

  • chrono-nutrition,

  • physiology of hunger

  • physical activity

  • how to change your behaviour towards food (e.g. managing hunger, dealing with relapse).

You will be given specific targets and support for diet, physical activity and behaviours, with a strong emphasis on weight maintenance strategies [2].The objective is to provide you with a complete toolbox to effectively lose weight and to maintain that loss, long term.

Is this programme right for YOU?

  • Is your weight preventing you living your life to the full?

  • Have you tried to do it on your own or with help but haven't managed to lose the weight sustainably?

  • Are you confused and tired by all the messages out there on "what you should cut out", "the magic bullet" ?

  • Would you welcome the regular support and understanding from knowledgeable professionals, and the encouragement of peers, in a non-judgemental and friendly environment?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then A Weight Off Your Mind is the solution you've been waiting for.

Studies have shown that such a programme works particularly well for:

  • people who are highly sensitive to food cues (do you love your food? do you find difficult to resist that cookie when in front of you?) [3]

  • people prone to emotional eating (do you revert to food when stressed? bored? annoyed? happy?) [4]

What can you expect to achieve?

Everyone has different objectives and needs. We will tailor specific individual targets and reasonable goals for your weight loss. 

Realistically, you can expect:

  • to lose 5 to 15% of your initial weight at 4 to 6 months;

  • to have maintained you weight at the 8-month end-point

  • to develop a better relationship with food.

 

For example, if you weigh 80kg (12st 8lb), you could expect to lose between 4-12kg (9lb-2st).

 

 We are aiming at realistic, manageable and sustainable long term weight loss combined with improvements in your overall health while improving your relationship with food.

How does it work?

The programme is composed of 20 sessions of one hour each, spread over 8 months and split into 3 phases.

Part 1 - Weight Loss - weekly sessions (end of Sept to Dec - total of 12 sessions)

Part 2 - Weight Loss & Stabilisation - biweekly sessions (Jan to March - total of 5 sessions)

Part 3 - Long Term maintenance - monthly sessions (April to June - total of 3 sessions)

Each session builds on the previous ones so regular attendance is best.

We start each session with a quick individual weigh-in.

Then, we all gather to discuss how the last week has gone for you , before learning one or two new skills and defining your targets and actions for the following week. You will be given information and work-sheets to complete for the following session.

 

  • We do not promote fad diets, nor sell any products during this programme

  • We abide the ethics and code of conduct of the Association for Nutrition

 

All data collected is GDPR compliant and will be used to provide measurement of key performance indicators, in full respect of your confidentiality.

 

Evidence-based ? What is that?

This programme is not guess-work! It is based on scientific research from the fields of psychology of eating, behavioural changes, nutrition and obesity sciences.

It is greatly inspired by the work of Evan M Forman, PhD, professor of psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, on "Acceptance-Based Behaviorial Approach" to weight loss.

 

[1] K. Hall & S. Kahan, (January 2018) - Maintenance of lost weight and long-term management of obesity, Med Clin North Am - link

[2] Forman et al. (September 2016)  - Acceptance‐based versus standard behavioral treatment for obesity: Results from the mind your health randomized controlled trial, Obesity - link

[3] Niemeier et al. (2012) - An acceptance-based behavioural intervention for weight loss: A pilot study, Behaviour Therapy - link

[4] Forman et al. (2013) - The Mind your Health project: A randomised controlled trial of an innovative behavioural treatment for obesity, Obesity -link