Ashbourne, United Kingdom (PressExposure) May 21, 2009 -- Roz Watkins gave up a six figure income as a patent attorney to start a business which helps women feel better about themselves and achieve a healthy, normal weight without dieting or restricting themselves.
Roz says: âAll this rubbish weâre told about eating a bag of chips being a criminal offence is actually making us fatter! Research shows that restricting ourselves makes us crave things moreâ
Having spent her childhood watching her mother battle with her weight, and then having her own experiences of weight gain and loss, Roz was sure that conventional approaches werenât working. She says: âMore and more women are constantly restricting themselves, eating low fat everything and getting fatter and fatter! There has to be a better way.â
Roz made the difficult decision to give up her role as a partner in an intellectual property law firm, and focussed her attention on learning about the power of the mind before setting up her business, The Enlighten Programme.
After doing a university level coaching qualification and training to master practitioner level in NLP (neuro linguistic programming), Roz honed her skills by working with her own mother, Daphne. Daphne was a GP who had struggled with her own weight as well as watching her patientsâ ongoing battles with their waistlines. She say: âMy weight was a disaster area. I managed to keep it under control but only by eating the most bizarre things, and once I didnât eat at all for 13 days!â
Roz and her Mum worked together to overcome Daphneâs weight problems and develop their unique method. Roz says: âWith Mumâs medical knowledge and my training in psychological methods and hypnotherapy, we developed an approach that combined body and mind.â Both women have science degrees from Cambridge University and they werenât content with anecdotal evidence. âWe carried out a research project with volunteers who had tried everything to lose weight, and we got some great results.â
Roz says âI donât think there are many good options for weight loss. You can do a diet but we now know they donât work in the long run. Or you can spend thousands on therapy and maybe you still wonât lose weight.â
Roz wasnât impressed with the findings of the intrepid journalist Hannah Jones who explored psychological approaches to weight loss in the recent programme: âFix My fat Headâ. Hannah went to see a Â£375 per hour âhypnotherapist to the starsâ (who helped Lily Allenâs shock weight loss from a size 14 to a size 12!) and was asked: âHas anybody ever called you Dumbo?â Roz says: âIt hardly encourages you to try a psychological approach if you think youâll pay Â£375 an hour to be called Dumbo! I thought Hannah dealt with it really well, but I was quite angry on her behalfâ.
Roz says âThe therapists in Hannahâs programme were a bit po-faced and seemed quite judgmental. In contrast, we wanted our weight loss approach to be fun, accessible and not prohibitively expensive. So, we put together a home study course that people can work through in their own time. They also get first call on my time for coaching if they want more support or to do some of the clever things you can do with NLP.â
Roz says: âSo far, people are loving the home study course. I keep getting these emails saying things like: âOMG! Roz, I have just left half of my lunch because I didn't want it!!â And they keep telling me itâs much better than Paul McKennaâs programme! Actually I like Paul McKennaâs work, but my course has more about unconscious beliefs, more help with cravings and more guidance on deciding what to eat. Also, you can get support from me personally, which you canât from Paul McKenna (unless you are famous!)â
For more information about The Enlighten Programme contact Roz on 0845 257 3703 or go to http://www.enlightenprogramme.co.uk where there are free articles and quizzes to help you work out if you eat like a naturally slim person.