A NURSE Yo-Yo went on a diet for years but always ended up back at zero.
But Laura-Beth Ives, 32, was able to lose five stone in just six months after using a simple trick that only took her nine minutes a day.
It changed her relationship with food and exercise, ensuring she could stick to her healthy habits long-term without resorting to hack diets.
The nurse, from Tameside, Greater Manchester, tried every possible way to lose weight after the birth of her son five years ago, without success.
But then she decided to join a revolutionary weight loss program being tested at the hospital where she works.
The project saw 100 hospital staff at Tameside Hospital – including Laura-Beth – take part in a 12-week challenge aimed at helping them lose a few pounds.
This was done using the Slimpod app, which uses neuroscience techniques to change the way people think and feel about food – all in nine minutes a day.
The app is designed to help users instinctively make healthier choices and exercise more, giving them freedom of choice in their weight loss journey.
The program includes video coaching and a unique voice recording that you listen to for just nine minutes a day that “gently retrains the brain to change the way you think and feel about food and yourself,” the Mirror reported.
Laura-Beth was amazed at the progress she made in just six months.
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With the help of the app, she was able to increase her size from 15.5 to 10 and now fits into a dress size of 10 instead of the previous 18.
The mother of one said: “Several times I lost weight but gained it back, and then some.” A few years ago I managed to get to a size 12, but I was such an emotional eater that the weight just came back on – I could easily eat a large bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk and ate sweet things non-stop at work let me carry on.
Even more radical than her weight loss is the change in her relationship with food.
Laura-Beth felt like a “switch” flipped in her head that caused her to crave less sugary food and instead reach for healthier food out of a sense of comfort – not out of a sense of necessity.
“I feel great – much more positive, more confident and healthier. “I no longer get out of breath or worry about not fitting into my uniform,” she said.
She now “loves” exercising three times a week – and says she’s sure her exercise and eating habits “will last” as they have become “automatic”.
Slimpod founder Sandra Roycroft-Davis – a Harley Street weight loss specialist – has used the technique on hundreds of NHS staff across the country.
She explained the app’s premise: “Where you once indulged in unhealthy food and sugary snacks, your brain begins to learn to feel good when you eat healthy and exercise instead.” Slimpod helps you lose weight , without giving up, and does what diets can’t.
“The focus is on changing your behavior towards food and, more importantly, eliminating the emotions around eating. By giving you the opportunity to control what you eat and motivating you to be more active, you will lose weight without even having to think about it.”
Tameside Hospital staff who took part in the project not only followed the Slimpod program but also chose healthy menu choices in the hospital’s restaurant.
A whopping 87 percent of participants lost weight over the three-month project, and 90 percent reported behavioral changes, saying they snacked less and lost interest in sugary things.