Mind Over Body Weight Management Programme™

Do you self-sabotage your weight loss efforts?

Have you managed to lose weight in the past only to have it all creep back on again?

You know what to eat and what not to eat, but you find it really hard to stick to it.

This constant cycle of weight loss and weight gain is difficult and frustrating and can leave you feeling helpless, unhappy, and with very low self-esteem.

Do you want to lose weight for the last time?

LEARN CBT SKILLS TO HELP YOU RE-WIRE YOUR MINDSET

Adding CBT to any weight loss programme has been proven in hundreds of studies to be more effective than diet and exercise alone.

CBT is a clinical psychological approach to help you make habit changes and stop that inner voice that keeps sabotaging your best efforts.

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There are 2 options for you to learn CBT skills to change the way you relate to food forever

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Self-help online programme.

This programme is for you if you want to learn CBT skills from the comfort of your own home and in your own time.

This is a step-by step approach taking you through each module with videos, worksheets, motivational material, nutritional guidelines and much more.

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1 to 1 in person or online via zoom

This programme is for you if you would like intensive support to help you make lasting lifestyle changes.

You receive weekly 1 hour sessions which will provide support, accountability and motivation to help you reach your goals. Re-wire your brain to make lasting habit changes.

Losing weight is more than just eating less and moving more.

Most people know what to eat less of and what to eat more of, but the problem is, you find it really hard to stick to your best intentions. In order to succeed you need to learn new habits and a new way of thinking about food and yourself. The Mind over Body Weight Management Programme™ is based on Cognitve Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Therapy.

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MEET THE FOUNDER, SUSI LODOLA

I went through most of my life trying out the latest diets and exercise regimes which promised to help me lose weight.

I counted calories, points and syns, I cut out whole food groups, detoxed and drank shakes. I did lose weight on most of those plans, but I found it difficult to sustain and very soon the weight came back on, and then some more on top of it.

The thing is, I knew exactly what I should eat and what I shouldn’t it. Most of what I ate was healthy, home-cooked food. However, I was an emotional eater, and I found that is the case with most people who come to see me for weight management.

Often emotional eating is the root cause of overeating and my training as a therapist and qualifications in CBT allow me to support my clients to help them work through various problems such as anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, and other emotional issues leading to overeating.

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RESEARCH-BASED APPROACH

It is important to me,  to continually update my skills in light of expanding knowledge about human development and psychological well-being.

In October 2018 I attended a 2-day workshop at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia where I updated my skill in CBT for weight loss with the most eminent expert in the field, Dr. Judith Beck. The Beck Institute is the home of CBT and Dr. Aaron Beck was one of the founders of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

In this workshop, I learned the latest evidence-based strategies aimed at modifying my clients’ thinking and behavior so they can make permanent changes in their eating and lose weight.

I also completed a Masters in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and my research study and dissertation was based on applying CBT for weight loss.

I create a safe and non-judgemental environment in line with the ethics and standards of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).

Working on your mind to help you to make lasting changes is the missing link in most diet and weight loss programmes. Diet and weight loss programmes that focus only on food and exercise are missing a vital component – they do not look at getting your mindset right to keep you motivated and successful in the long term.

The Mind over Body Weight Management Programme is based on the latest research in Psychology on the most effective way of achieving lasting weight loss. During the programme you will get the psychological tools, based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which have been shown in hundreds of research studies to be more effective than diet and exercise on its own.

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Testimonials

First off I would like to say how much I have enjoyed the classes, both the highs and the lows. I didn’t think that I would have enjoyed them as much as I did. I found the content to be extremely informative. I would have always been of the philosophy the only way to lose weight is the old adage “you eat less and you move more” and while that does have some merit it has obviously never worked for me (I move more & forget the eat less bit 😁).
Previously, I would struggle with dieting for a while and then give up “it’s obviously not working”, “what’s the point”. But now I have a new perspective on my challenges, it’s not so much an uphill battle but more of a serpentine trek through the forest while I forage my new directions.
I think some of the most important things I have taken from the course are eating mindfully, never did that before just ate everything in front of me. I also love the idea of the “5 minutes” sometimes it works and I get distracted by whatever I’m doing and sometimes it doesn’t.
The reasons why, setting goals and giving yourself credit are some completely new ways of looking at weight loss to me. I think I do look at the negative sides a lot and not the good things that I have done and will do, so this is something that I really want to work on..
I would well recommend the programme to anyone who may be looking for a different perspective to weight loss.
I would like to wish you all the best with your next course of classes and who knows you might see me back in the future (but I hope not, in the best sense🤞).
A million thanks again for all you help,

I knew that I was in danger of completely sabotaging everything I have worked for over the past few years, so it was time to kick myself back into shape again.

Understanding that the one thing that stands between me and success is actually me,

Read Clair’s story hereBefore and after

I found 8-week Mind over Body Weight Management programme very beneficial. At the start, I didn’t think it will help me and I was very apprehensive. I have had negative experiences before from other programmes which has let me down and I didn’t believe in myself that I can do it again. But I was willing to give it a try and I promised myself to be patient. To my surprise slowly I got used to eat more healthily every 3 hours. Instead of having sweets or cakes as my snacks, I replaced them with healthy snacks and slowly my cravings for sugar have faded away. Besides, i got used to having 3 healthy meals a day. I was delighted to know that I have managed to lose 6 kg in total as well. Eating mindfully has helped me to slow down, enjoy the food better, and make healthier choices. What mostly helped me this time was addressing the Mind, addressing the Emotional Eating and look deeper and do a bit of work (this was missing in the other programmes) .I am happy that with Susi’s help I was able to tackle the most challenging area for me. So I am very grateful to her for this gift. Thank you, Susi.

Since starting the programme with Susi I can see how having been in other weight loss groups were just quick fixes. I would stick to a points system, lose weight but it wouldn’t be long before I put it on again. I was learning nothing. With Susi I am learning to change my thoughts and attitude toward food. As I learn new habits and behaviors I lose weight and have a better relationship with food.

I needed help in changing my ways and understanding what I was eating and why? On week one I was very emotional about discussing my eating and just wasn’t sure how the session was going to be. My fears and anxiety soon left me as I met Susi. Session one was so supportive and each session with Susi was so different, but yet it all led to the same outcome of how we would change our ways and set our life changing goals. Susi led each session with compassion and positiveness and at the end of each session I had so may new ideas and goals for the coming week. All the new habits and coping mechanisms I had learned on the program helped me to stay focused on my goal.

This course was unlike any other weight loss programme but was the most successful. It taught us to understand the psychology behind our weight loss & gave us a clear road map for continuing on this journey. A fantastic course I would highly recommend it..

I joined Susi’s Mind over body – CBT for weight loss program last June. It turned out to be trasformative in the way I look at food and it encouraged me to take some important steps towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s just so much more than a diet & exercise plan which never really works for me in the long run. I really enjoyed interacting with Susi. She established her presence in the Facebook weight loss group without being overwhelming and always showing understanding and kindness in every conversation. I found the program intense but excellent. There’s a bit of journaling required which turned out to be super effective in stimulating a true understanding on the underlying triggers of my overeating and bingeing. I completed the 8 weeks program to find I have dropped few pounds, but most important, I feel empowered by the new tools I learned and a changed mindset to overcome future setbacks. I feel confident I can keep up the good work! Thanks a million Susi!
I highly recommend this course. It has been life-changing for me. I knew I needed something different after years of slimming classes. In the 8 weeks that I did the course, I have changed my relationship with food. I have so much more awareness and can’t become unaware, so I feel like I have gotten to the root of my problem of overeating. The food plan was simple and the class was enjoyable, informative, and supportive.
I feel like I learned skills that I can apply to other areas of my life too. I lost a stone in weight during the course and am still losing weight and enjoying my food more. I am really grateful to Susi for putting together and delivering this course.

I have discovered that Susi’s tagline ‘lose weight for the last time’ might actually be possible. I’ve tried to lose weight since I was a teenager but always put it back on. With Susi’s programme I learned to change my thinking and my habits around food. My weight loss is slow but it feels different to any other experience I’ve had so now I believe I can keep it off. Each week’s theme and materials matched what I needed very well and I feel like I have made real change. Susi practices what she preaches. She has a real understanding of what issues with weight feel like and communicates with empathy and kindness. This really helped me to engage with the programme and keep going.

What I’d like to say about your programme is that I found it very much a personal discovery of my ability to change my eating habits by thinking about and planning my day, not only my diet, but also my feelings about it as well.
Its very much a thought-provoking programme, and you deliver it in a very personal and intelligent way, helping me to rethink my own ability to change in very simple and effective ways.
I was curious to see how the whole process worked and how it would impact my life. It amazed me how the mind works and with the tools we received from Susi have helped in my way of thinking. I have continued to use these tools on a daily basis and it really has helped me to stay focused on my weight loss journey. Susi is such a lovely person and a great listener.

I’ve always struggled with my weight, I’d lose some for a while and then put it back on again and then some. In the last few years I have tried different weight loss programmes which worked, but only for the short term.

When we got engaged in June 2016 I said that I wanted to lose weight for the wedding, because of the continuous celebrations that followed the engagement I ended up putting on more weight. I tried several times in the 1st year of our engagement to lose weight but with so many plans being made for the wedding everything was a reason to celebrate, and my idea of celebrating is treating ourselves to dinner out or a takeaway.
A friend of Philips had previously done the programme and told him all about it as it had really helped them to lose weight. I was a little bit apprehensive about it as I felt this could be another short term solution to what was my long term problem. I obviously couldn’t have been more wrong.

After my first session I knew that this wasn’t like all the other weight loss programmes. Susi goes into detail on why you look at food the way you do, she talks about what triggers your eating habits, how you may feel mentally and physically after eating certain foods and educates you on how to make better decisions surrounding your diet and this was a huge help for me.
I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone looking to make a positive change in their lives in relation to how they look at and treat food. Without doing the programme I wouldn’t have realised my own triggers which are feel good factors, I habe now learnt that I don’t need food to reward myself.

I really enjoyed the Mind over Body Weight Loss program. It was very motivating and encouraging. Unfortunately during this program we suffered a family bereavement so I found it hard to remain focused but I still found the material invaluable. Susi is always there to respond to any of our concerns. I highly recommend this program.

I would highly recommend Susi’s Mind over Body weight loss Programme. It is not a diet, it is about learning how to eat healthier and being conscious of your emotional eating. I am so happy I have followed this program, I have learned a lot and I know how to make healthy choices now. Susi is very supportive, helpful, always available, I felt I was always listened to and always connected with her. Thank you Susi!

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How can CBT help you lose weight for the last time?

Losing weight, keeping it off and improving your fitness is a physical as well as a psychological process.

The reason why various diet and exercise programmes do not show positive long-term results in weight loss is, they do not address those underlying psychological issues of why you overeat and how your mind is key to changing your relationship with food.

In order to address those underlying issues, CBT has been identified to be a key component to help people achieve weight loss in a sustainable and successful manner.

So what is  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and how can it help you lose weight?

Losing weight and maintaining it, requires learning new mental skills and identifying thinking patterns, and behaviours that have hindered your weight loss in the past. Learning those new mental skills and behaviours will rewire your brain and it will make you change from the inside out.

This is how it works:

The CBT model is defined as “What you think, influences what you do and how you feel”. Your thoughts, feelings and behaviours are linked and cannot exist in isolation.

Most people believe that a particular situation is causing them to eat something they hadn’t planned. However, it is not the situation, it is the thoughts that make you behave a certain way.

For example, you may feel stressed or tired at the end of the week and believe that stress and tiredness cause you to order a takeaway/drink a bottle of wine etc. The fact is, it is never the situation that makes you behave a certain way, It is actually your thinking about the situation/trigger which leads to overeating.

Those thoughts are something like “I had a stressful week, I deserve….” or I am too tired I will have some chocolate to keep me going”, or ” eating something is the only thing to help me calm down”.

Those are sabotaging thoughts, and happen once you are in a trigger situation. CBT will help you identify your trigger situations and your sabotaging thoughts. Once you have identified what sabotaging thoughts you might have in the future (or had in the past) that will cause you to go back to old unhealthy habits, you can learn to respond with more helpful thinking and change the outcome.

Neuroscience has demonstrated that this process rewires your brain and your automatic sabotaging thoughts are replaced with helpful thoughts that will  help you:

  • overcome emotional eating
  • identify sabotaging thoughts and behaviours
  • motivate yourself and stay motivated
  • understand  neuroplasticity and how the brain can be rewired to think in a different way
  • become more tuned into your eating habits through mindfulness
  • understand the difference between hunger and cravings and how to overcome cravings
  • learn how to stay on track
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Why obesity is not a choice

By Geraldine Walsh Irish Times

Read this article from the Irish Times about the Mind over Body Weight management programme and what approach needs to be taken to help people lose weight.

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