It may be the season of good will to all men but the festive season call also mean an abundance of calorific temptations to both men and women.
Leading Weight Loss Hypnotherapist and the founder of HypnoSlimming, Michael A Cox has investigated the eating patterns of those people planning on dieting in the New Year. Even before the Christmas decorations were put up many people have already decided that January will be the time to lose weight.
Michael explains the potential consequences. “Most people look at weight loss or dieting as something negative, something that represents sacrifice. This is why many people that want or need to lose weight will actually consume more over the festive period. They have communicated to themselves that they are going to diet or from an evolutionary perspective, experience a famine, and are over consuming as a way to prepare.”
While it makes sense for people to prepare for a genuine time of famine Michael A Cox highlights why this belief system leads to a destructive cycle. “For most people that are overweight they have the perception that eating food is good and dieting is bad. In their mind dieting represents a sacrifice to the foods they love and enjoy. Discipline and sacrifice can only last so long when the overriding belief is that they want to eat these foods but can’t or shouldn’t. These same people that are overeating before January are also likely to fail in their resolutions because they are using the wrong weight loss strategy.”
As founder of HypnoSlimming Michael offers 5 top tips to get through the temptations of Christmas: