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Lost it... Found it?


Loss, according to the Oxford dictionary, is the state of no longer having something. They give examples of the loss of a package, the closure of a factory leading to job losses, and loss after death. Although they also list weight loss as an example most of the examples given associated with loss are negative.

We say things such as ‘a lost cause,’ ‘I have lost my mobile,’ I have lost my car keys,’ ‘I lost my money,’ ‘I have lost my job,’ and ‘the loss of a loved one.’ These phrases relate to negativity and, in some instances, the need to find an item. You would grieve the loss of a loved one and you would look to find the lost mobile, car keys or money. All these situations cause a degree of discomfort, pain, and distress, some more than others.

Let’s look at weight loss. We frequently say I need to lose weight; I have lost weight; I am losing weight. Such small words… loss, lose and lost but all can mean massive implications.

If we use the word loss when connected to weight does that subconsciously link to negativity? Do we subconsciously eventually start to seek out the weight we have lost? I’m not giving an excuse to anyone to stop working to achieve a healthy weight, but it is something to think about. Many of us often unknowingly pick up negativity.

It is the reason why I avoid using the words weight loss with my clients. The words are part of our vocabulary, and it is a hard habit to break. The slimming packages I offer at Sirocco Therapy are individualised Weight Management Programmes focusing on goals and successes.

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