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CBT Weight Loss Programme


CBT weight loss programme in Wolverhampton, West Midlands

The cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) weight loss programme is for those who want to control their eating and lose weight. You may have experienced difficulty losing weight or have lost weight in the past only to put it on again. The CBT weight loss programme will teach you how to cope with food craving, stress and strong emotions without turning to food for comfort. Most importantly you’ll discover how to change the way you think about food so that you can diet successfully.


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Skype, Zoom and telephone sessions are available from our sister company, Lewis Psychology Online.


How the CBT weight loss programme works

The CBT weight loss programme is a psychological programme, not a food plan.  It doesn’t tell you what to eat – you can choose any nutritious diet you want.  That’s because any reasonable diet will work for you if you have the right mindset.  The CBT weight loss programme teaches you how to get yourself to eat the way you are supposed to eat. It shows you how to talk back to the I don’t want to, I don’t have to, or I can’t voice in your head.

The CBT weight loss programme is based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the most highly researched form of talk therapy in the world. CBT is based on the concept that they way people think affects how they feel and what they do. CBT helps you to identify your sabotaging thinking and effectively respond to it, so you feel better and can behave in helpful ways.

CBT teaches people how to solve problems, and dieters can have lots of problems.  For example, have you ever strayed from a diet for any of the following reasons:

  • You finished all of the food on your plate but didn’t feel satisfied
  • You felt upset and thought that eating would make you feel better
  • You were too tempted by the sight of food when shopping
  • You were too tired to cook, so you opted for fast food instead
  • You were too polite to turn down desert that your friend baked
  • You were at a party and felt like treating yourself

To successfully lose weight and keep it off, you need to solve these kinds of practical issues. You’ll also need to solve some psychological problems, such as:

  • Feeling overwhelmed by the requirements of your diet
  • Feeling deprived
  • Feeling discouraged when you don’t lose weight constantly or lose as much weight as you had hoped
  • Feeling stressed by other life problems

CBT helps you to solve both practical and psychological problems and learn new thinking and behavioural skills – skills you’ll be able to use for the rest of your life.  You’ll not only overcome your current problems, but also learn how to use your new skills to overcome future problems.

Programme overview

With this comprehensive step by step programme you will be able to stay on your diet, lose weight, and maintain your weight loss. The cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) weight loss programme is conducted on a one-to-one basis with an experienced and registered CBT therapist.

  • Learn how to use CBT techniques to prepare your mind and environment for dieting
  • Identify healthy diet plans
  • Learn how to eat mindfully
  • Remove personal temptations
  • Reduce environmental triggers
  • Select an exercise plan
  • Set a realistic goal (i.e. weight loss or size)
  • Create the time and energy to commit to the diet and exercise programme
  • Identify common self sabotaging thoughts and learn helpful responses
  • Monitor and address hunger, desire and cravings
  • Learn how to monitor your eating and exercise
  • Control sabotaging thoughts and uncontrolled eating
  • Find out how to change your definition of full
  • Discover useful questioning techniques to deal with unhelpful thinking
  • Recognise and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns
  • Discover how to resist urges and stay in control
  • Consider your alcohol intake and develop an action plan
  • Learn how to prepare for travel and going out
  • Overcome feelings of discouragement and deprivation
  • Understand how to eliminate emotional eating
  • Feel in control in the most challenging situations
  • Remain motivated to maintain weight loss for life
  • Fine tune your new skills


    The research and evidence base

    A recent study in Sweden demonstrated the effectiveness of cognitive therapy for weight loss (Stahre & Hallstrom, 2000).  People enrolled in the cognitive therapy programme lost an average of 18 pounds over 10 weeks of treatment.  When the study participants were evaluated a year and a half after treatment, nearly all of them – 92% – had not only maintained their weight loss, but had lost even more weight. This is what sets our cognitive therapy apart from other types of therapy and other types of weight loss programmes.


    Make an appointment for the CBT weight loss programme

    If you would like to arrange an appointment or require further information regarding our CBT weight loss programme please telephone our Wolverhampton practice on: 01902 827808.  Alternatively fill out our online contact form and we will contact you back. We are now open seven days a week. 

    For further details of our pricing structure please visit our fees page. 


    Initial telephone discussion

    You are welcome to contact us for a 15 minute initial telephone discussion.  This will be with a BACP senior accredited psychotherapist who will use this time to gain an understanding of how you could benefit from the services offered at Lewis Psychology. During this discussion the practitioner will help guide you towards the service that is most suitable. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the process. At this time you can decide whether you would like to book an appointment however the consultation is conducted entirely without obligation on your part.


    Skype, Zoom or telephone therapy is available from our sister company, Lewis Psychology Online