At our practice in Northamptonshire nr kettering I am sat reading an article in the Times by Helen Rumbelow www.timeslonline.co.uk regarding new research that has discovered that exercise is not the universal panacea to losing weight. That's not to say that exercise isn't good for you as it has been well researched that exercise can reduce depression, heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, increase muscle mass, increase bone density to mention a few benefits of a healthy exercise regime.
Its the "thorny" question of weight loss. In 1932 Russell Wilder a leading obesity expert lectured the American college of Physicians saying that his patients lost more weight on bed rest than on an exercise regime. The article describes several studies in America which have found that it is obesity that is leading to inactivity not the other way round. It has been found that diet (not dieting) is the key to effective weight loss. Interestingly on BBC3 yesterday evening a programme featured the amount of hidden sugar in our food; the recommended daily intake being around 60gs of sugar for an adult which was exceeded just by eating a Big Mac. Statistical evidence has demonstrated that supermarkets promote "junk food" more often and more aggressively than healthy foods and inferred that the responsibility is on the purchaser of the food to read labels and understand the amount of hidden sugar in it. I agree to a point, we do need to be individually more responsible for our diet and exercise, however I do think that supermarkets have to play their part considering that they are responsible for supplying over 70% of the food that we consume and consumers will literally eat what is put in front of them. We have found that using a blend of hypnosis and other techniques has been hugely successful in allowing our clients to gain control of their diets,enabling them to lose weight safely and in their own time without resorting to "giving anything up" by increasing their motivation to change their lifestyles and supporting the emotional issues that many have over eating. As well as seeing clients individually regarding weight issues we are about to offer a new service which you can book onto now, called Slim Quest it will offer a group environment for a 6 week programme of motivation and support without dieting or weekly weigh ins