LighterLife is more then just a diet. At LighterLife, we don’t just want people to experience weight loss, we want to help identify why they overeat in the first place. To do this, we’ve dedicated much of our time and effort to understanding people’s emotional attachment to food. Our aim is to find out why a person overeats, address the issue and conquer it.
‘It’s not about whether you’re hungry or not,’ explains LighterLife’s psychotherapist Mandy Cassidy, ‘its about identifying what you’re actually hungry for. Nine times out of ten, it’s an emotional hunger you’re trying to satisfy that has nothing to do with food.’ When you discover what it is you’re really hungry for, you can then develop ways of meeting these needs, instead of turning to food. This is what LighterLife is about. Here, Mandy explains what some of our reasons for overeating might really mean and how LighterLife can help you challenge these ways of thinking…
Stress: Food can often be used to soothe feelings of anxiety. Stress is as much about the way you are thinking as the actual demands on you. When people believe they have too much to do or simply can’t do something, they begin to feel stressed and turn to the comfort of food. With LighterLife, you will be taught how to take constructive action in the face of life’s demands – without turning to food!
Loneliness: People often eat when they feel alone because they are trying to fill an emotional hole, but you can’t fill an emotional need with food. Being part of the LighterLife group will provide you with new skills aimed at dealing with feelings and building confidence.
Happiness: Food is often associated with feelings of happiness. It is an integral part of celebrations and social gathering, as well as being regarded as a reward or treat! This emotional attachment may lead to overeating and unnecessary weight gain. LighterLife, helps individuals to address this mind set- forcing one to look at other ways to reap the rewards in life!
Fed up: Frustration, irritation and boredom. All feelings associated with being fed up. People are taught very early on to eat when experiencing these emotions. The LighterLife programme aims to help people work towards meaningful and constructive goals, without inappropriately turning to food.