Why weight loss is like peeling an onion

Did you ever peel an onion?

Strange question right?

But, the thing is, for anyone who has ever peeled an onion they would have realised that its tricky. The skin doesn’t come off in one piece, there may be the occasional bad spots, it is a fiddly job and you may need a few different knives and it inevitably will make you shed a tear or two.

Just like weight loss really.

You see, weight loss and onions have a lot in common.

The skin of an onion is undesirable, it’s useless and it’s not really what we want it to be, AND just like weight loss where the outside layer of our body isn’t how we desire it to be, we know that there is something better, tastier underneath.

To remove the skin off an onion takes time, we need to be persistent, take it in small layers and not jump in too quickly or we take off too much and then we lose the good stuff – just like weight loss, if we try to run before we can walk we find ourselves in a sticky situation.

When peeling the layers of an onion, we may occasionally find a layer of skin which isn’t to our liking, it may be the wrong colour, the wrong texture or shape, just like weight loss where when we start our journeys we may not realise that something preventing us from losing weight s lurking underneath that first stone and we may need to deal with it before we take the next layer of fat off.

When we peel an onion, we know that we want to make something nice with what we find underneath but we will find ourselves shedding a few tears in the removal because it’s always harder than we think it will be. Which is just like weight loss, it isn’t all smooth running, its not straight forward and the journey will be up and down – inevitably with a few tears as we shed those things holding us back.

So the story of weight loss is JUST like the story of an onion

  1. The journey is never as straight forward as we expect it to be, we need to be consistent in our approach and STOP changing things if the first layer doesn’t come off as quickly as anticipated
  2. Weight loss is rarely just about weight, for many clients their weight has become a shield to other things, so when they start losing a few pounds they may become scared or panic, this is the time to sort out and manage WHY these feelings have appeared – not give up
  3. Weight loss isn’t always easy, during the journey things change, the goal posts vary, people behave differently and we learn new things about ourselves – the trick is to find an appropriate support group and engage with the help available, not stick our heads in the sand and ignore it
  4. Weight loss may result in some emotional cleansing, we do not always recognise the baggage that we carried with it – rather than quitting on ourselves and giving up, identity the triggers and find someone who can guide you


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Best wishes

Nicky x x


About hypnonicky

Nicky is a hypnotherapist and author. She was a former lecturer of childcare and health and social care. She specialises in children's therapies, grief and trauma recovery and eating disorders. Her therapeutic children's book collection 'The Adventures of Brian' is available on Amazon with over 10 titles available to help parents support their children to resolve their thoughts, worries and fears. For more information visit www.astepatatime.org.uk
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