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By Daniel Browne, May 15 2017 04:06PM

ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL EATER?


If you eat when you are stressed, sad, depressed, bored, anxious or at any time due to the emotions you're feeling, here are some ways you can break that negative cycle.


1. If you're depressed or feeling lonely, pick up your phone and call someone who always puts a smile on your face. Or get in touch with a friend you haven't seen for a while and arrange to see them. It's good to talk to people, especially those who care about you.


2. If you're feeling anxious or stressed, reduce that negative energy by dancing to your favourite song, going for a walk, running yourself a nice hot bubble bath and relaxing in it, or doing something that you know will cheer you up (but not eating!!!).


3. If you're bored, do something that you'll enjoy. Watch a film or catch up on a tv series you've been meaning to see. Go for a walk and explore the outdoors. Or maybe you could take up a new hobby where you may also meet new people.


There are so many things you could do instead of eating. Understanding what makes you emotionally eat is the first step. Then try some of the tips above and see how that helps. And if you need to talk or a helping hand, I'm here for you. Click here to discover more.




By Daniel Browne, Mar 27 2017 12:37PM

Summer is coming... Perhaps that fills you with dread as you worry about looking huge in the nicer weather or feel unable to wear nice summer clothes because you're too fat. This summer doesn't need to be like that, though. You have the power within you to make some positive changes to your shape and size before summer arrives.


There are just 12 weeks until the official start of summer (21st June), and do you know what that means? That's 12 weeks to take action and be a slimmer, healthier person by the time summer arrives.


If the thought of being fat during summer fills you with dread, it's time to do something about it. You have 12 weeks to make a positive change and lose some weight. By the beginning of summer you could have lost:


12lbs if you lose 1lb per week

1st 10lbs if you lose 2lbs per week

2st 8lbs if you lose 3lbs per week

3st 6lbs if you lose 4lbs per week


The transformation could be truly spectacular and you have the power to do it!


If you need a helping hand to melt your fat away, I'm here to help you too. With my Virtual Gastric Band programme you could be saying goodbye to fat for good and hello to a slimmer, fitter and healthier you.


Get in touch to find out more or book a complimentary consultation.


Otherwise, I wish you the best of luck with your weight loss journey in the lead up to summer. I believe in you!





By Daniel Browne, Mar 20 2017 05:24PM

1. Reflect on why you are losing weight. It's all very well saying you want to lose weight, but why are you doing it? Maybe it's so you feel and look better, or perhaps it's so you're looking after your future health. Whatever your reason for losing weight, it's important to have one.


2. Create realistic goals. You may want to lose ten stone over the next six months, but think about what is realistic. Start with smaller goals that will ultimately contribute to your bigger one. For example, aim to lose half a stone in one month. Then aim for another half a stone the next month. Take smaller steps that will help you to achieve the ultimate goal.


3. Spring clean your fridge, freezer and cupboards. Throw out any food that your body doesn't need (or donate it to a local food bank or homeless shelter) and get rid of your old treats. Organise your fridge, freezer and cupboards with healthy, nutritious food at the front and a little bit of what you fancy at the back.


4. Make sure healthy treats are on display. Keep fruit out on the counter in your kitchen and have other healthy treats within easy reach. Then when you feel like you'd like a treat, you'll be more tempted to reach for the healthy foods rather than the things that will keep you fat.


5. Keep track of what you eat and drink. Even if you have to write a food and drink diary, it's important to be mindful of what you are eating and drinking. Sometimes it's easy to eat more than we need and not consider how unhealthy certain drinks can be. Think twice before you put that food or drink in your mouth. Ask yourself whether your body really needs it. Become more mindful of how you treat your body.


6. Fill up on veggies. One food group that is often severely lacking from people's diets is vegetables. They are low in calories, provide essential nutrients and will aid your weight loss success. In fact, I recommend eating at least two vegetable based meals each week.


7. Make exercise a social or family activity. Now that the evenings are lighter, make an effort to go for a walk after dinner with friends or with your family. Walking boosts metabolism, helps control weight and can also boost your mood. So make it a healthy part of your routine.


8. Drink plenty of water. If you are one of my Virtual Gastric Band clients you will be aware of how much I talk about the importance of drinking plenty of water. Your body will massively benefit from the healthy intake of water. It can help you to lose weight too. I recommend always keeping a drink of water nearby and sipping throughout the day.


9. Eat smaller amounts of food. Many people are guilty of eating more than their body needs. Make a choice today to not be one of those people. Don't abuse your body like that. Don't use your body as a waste bin. You deserve better, and eating smaller amounts of food will aid your weight loss success.


10. Find an old item of summer clothing from your wardrobe that is too small for you, or buy a new item of summer clothing in a smaller size. Hang that item of clothing on the front of your wardrobe so you see it every day. Whenever you look at that item of clothing, tell yourself that you WILL fit into it at some point in the summer. Tell yourself that every day and let it shape your motivation and determination to lose weight. Try on that item of clothing each week to see how close you are getting to feeling it fit you perfectly. Let that provide another boost. Are you going to remain fat this summer or are you going to take control and make sure you can fit into that item of clothing?




By Daniel Browne, Jan 23 2017 03:10PM

As a hypnotherapist specialising in anxiety, confidence, quitting smoking and weight loss, I absolutely love what I do. Every day I help people get to where they want to be in life, and that is truly an honour and a privilege.


With this in mind, I wanted to share one of my typical days with you, so you can get a feel for the kind of people I work with and how I help them.


9:30am

I arrive at my Warwick clinic for my first client of the day. It's been a productive morning so far. I was up at 6:00am to walk the dogs, then fed my chickens and replied to some emails. Today's first client is on the Virtual Gastric Band programme. She is in her mid-40s and struggled with her weight for many years. Today is her third session and she has lost an amazing 9lbs so far. That's a fantastic result and we celebrate it over a cuppa before the hypnosis starts. Something that this particular lady struggles with is picking at food in the evening. So we have a highly motivational chat about that and the hypnosis focuses on weight falling off even more once that bad habit stops. I believe in this client 100% and tell her so.


11:15am

My next client is here for a stop smoking session. They've been smoking for over 30 years, but we discuss how that disgusting habit is coming to an end today. Over the next 90 minutes we discuss their smoking habits, trigger points, and life as a non-smoker. It's highly motivational and involves a heavy reality check about the impact smoking has on one's health. It resonates strongly with this client as their mother died from smoking related illness. The hypnosis focuses on everything covered earlier in the session so that it can be 100% tailored to this client's needs. At the end of the session, the client says that it feels like a switch has been flicked and the urge to smoke is completely gone. I tell the client that's because they are now a non-smoker and agree to catch up with them in one week to see how they're getting on.


12:50pm

It's lunch time, so I go to M&S and pick up a salad. While there I bump into one of my ex-clients. This frequently happens as Warwick is a small town. She tells me that since her final weight loss session with me seven months ago, she's lost a further three stone. I prasie her and we arrange to meet up for coffee to talk in more detail about how well she's done. I love my job!


2:00pm

I see two new clients for a consultation. This is a free 30 minute appointment that I like to offer. It's important to me that potential clients have a chance to make sure I'm the right hypnotherapist for them, and vice versa. I agree to work with both clients. One wants to lose weight and the other would like to ovecome a fear of driving. I'm confident of helping them both.


3:15pm

Now it's time to drive to my Evesham clinic for my final two clients of the day. One is a complimentary consultation, and I agree to help them quit smoking.


5:00pm

My final client of the day is on the Virtual Gastric Band programme. She's a lady in her 50s who wants to be able to wear nice clothes again. Today is her fifth session and so far she has lost a staggering 1st 7lbs. This is clearly a superstar client and we discuss how she is going to reward her weight loss. I suggest that nice new outfit may be on the cards, and we talk about that for a little while. The hypnosis focuses on long term weight loss, remaining slim once that goal has been achieved, and not letting anything send her back to old fat habits.


6:00pm

It's home time, but first I send a text message to all of my Virtual Gastric Band clients with a call to action. I want them to do one thing this evening that will aid their weight loss. Text messages start coming back, saying things such as "no pudding for me tonight", "I'm off for a run", and "you always check up on me at exactly the right time".


Did I mention that I love my job!

By Daniel Browne, Dec 1 2016 12:52PM

Today (1st December) marks the beginning of Anger Awareness Week. It's an opportunity to think about how your anger impacts on your life and what you may be able to do to help yourself not feel that sense of of anger.


Anger is negative emotional state. It does nothing positive and can eventually eat away at you. However, you do have a choice on whether you allow the anger to take over or put out those flames of rage. If you are susceptible to bouts of anger, read on for my top anger busting tips.


1. If you feel a rage coming on, stop and think about it for a moment. Why are you getting angry? Do you need to get angry? What will becoming angry actually achieve? Ask yourself those three questions each time you feel yourself getting angry and you'll soon see that nothing good will come of it.


2. If you're in a stressful situation or having a confrontation with someone, walk away. It can be too easy to stand and argue, but it's not beneficial to either person. So decide to take a step back and physically walk away from the situation. Give yourself five minutes to think about the situation and how you can handle it in a more positive way.


3. Get plenty of exercise. Physical activity is known to be a great stress reducer. As stress turns to anger, prevent that from happening by exercising regularly and working it out by working out.


4. Don't hold grudges. The words "I forgive you" are among the most powerful in the English language. Being able to let go and learning to forgive will ultimately benefit you. Holding a grudge will just eat away at you.


5. Practice relaxation, mindfulness or meditation. Just ten minutes of quiet time each day can really help you to achieve piece of mind.


And a bonus tip... Know when to get help. If your anger is consuming you, support is available. You could see your GP or attend anger management counselling, but hypnotherapy is also something that's hugely beneficial. You don't need to live with anger and the consequences of it.


For further information on Anger Awareness Week, please click here to visit their website.

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