About Lynda Scrivener

Lynda is a qualified, experienced Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, an Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner and a Nutritional Therapist. Lynda trained at The University of London with a Harley Street practitioner and offers you caring, non-judgemental help with the issues you want to overcome.

Why Are Your Bathroom Scales Misleading When You’re Trying To Lose Weight?

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Why Are Your Bathroom Scales Misleading When You’re Trying To Lose Weight?

Most of us, when we’re trying to lose weight, will get up in the morning, use the loo and then head straight for the bathroom scales as we know that’s when we’re at our lightest each day and so the scales will give us our best reading first thing in the morning. If the scales disappointingly show us as being a pound or two heavier than we expect, that can send us straight to the biscuit jar for consolation. Not the best thing when we’re trying to slim! Weight loss is the only behaviour that we punish ourselves by eating when we’re not doing well, and we usually choose something ‘unhelpful’ to punish ourselves with – something sweet normally. We never try to cheer ourselves up by eating broccoli…

So why are we so obsessed with our weight?When we can’t get our clothes done up, we don’t say “I can’t get in to this anymore because I weigh too much”. We say “I’m too fat”, or “I’m too big.” When we look at other people, it’s their size that’s obvious to us, not their weight. So why is that figure on the bathroom scales so important to us? Surely it would be better to get a tape measure out and begin measuring the girth of our tummy or bottom and hips…but that would involve a bit more effort and would also mean exposing our bare skin and wobbly bits that we normally try to keep hidden.

If we’re trying to lose weight, if we’re eating less non-helpful calories and more helpful ones, and we’re trying to speed things up by doing some exercise, it could well be that the bathroom scales show us as being heavier than we were last time we weighed ourselves. After all of that effort we’ve put in, we weigh even more! That’s not fair, is it? Frustration can then set in and we begin to struggle with our willpower and motivation.

You probably already know that muscle weighs more than fat (this is possibly because muscle contains water, whereas fat doesn’t), and if you’ve been eating less and exercising more, then you’ll probably have replaced some of your fat with lean muscle, but how do you know for sure? The scales certainly aren’t going to tell you, and nor will the tape measure for that matter. You won’t know for sure, is the short answer. Not unless you keep on going, but that’s really difficult once you’ve lost motivation.

When you get help to lose weight at my weight loss hypnotherapy clinic, you’ll discover just how much of your body is fat, and how much is lean muscle. So when you come back each time, you’ll not only see a difference in your weight, you’ll also be able to see any changes in your amounts of total body fat and lean muscle – so no more guessing for you. You’ll really be able to see the difference your exercise programme is making to your body as you lose weight, and this will boost your willpower and motivation.

You’ll also find out just how much dangerous internal tummy fat you’re carrying around, and again this isn’t something your bathroom scales can tell you. As we age, we tend to gather more internal fat inside us around our vital organs in our tummies, and this type of fat can lead to dangerous conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and even type 2 diabetes. At my weight loss clinic, you’ll discover if the amount you have around your organs is still healthy, or whether it’s now at a harmful level to you.

A further thing you’ll discover is whether you have a fast or slow metabolism, and whether you’re sufficiently hydrated or not. You’ll also be given the absolute minimum number of calories you should be eating each day for your body to function healthily. If you eat less than that specific amount of calories, your body will start to hold on to its fat to use as energy. Again, not useful when you’re trying to get rid of fat.

All of these statistics are so useful to you as you lose weight, and will give you a much better picture of your health than you can possibly get from your bathroom scales.

For an example of the type of information you’ll receive, please see the Weight Loss page on my website: www.hypnosis2changeyourmind.com

When you’re ready to begin losing weight, simply give me a call on (01508) 500321 for my next free appointment. Hypnotherapy for weight loss clinics are available in Long Stratton, and you’ll receive friendly, caring help from your fully qualified, experienced Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner, using the latest hypnotherapy and NLP techniques personalised just for you.

Stop the struggle, and lose weight your way.


Lynda Scrivener

Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist

Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner

Nutritional Therapist

Hypnosis To Change Your Mind

www.hypnosis2changeyourmind.com / Tel: (01508) 500321

By |June 3rd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Why Are Your Bathroom Scales Misleading When You’re Trying To Lose Weight?

Why Do We Struggle To Know How To Lose Weight?

How to lose weight with hypnosisWhy Do We Struggle To Know How To Lose Weight?

Smaller portions aren’t always the answer…

Being overweight isn’t usually caused by how much a person eats, but more by what they eat. The idea that people get heavy because they consume a large amount of food is incomplete.

Eating large amounts of the right type of food has been shown to be the key to success in how to lose weight and what makes new eating habits doable for the rest of your life.

What makes us overweight?

What makes people overweight isn’t that they eat so much more, but that a higher percentage of their calories comes from low-nutrient foods, such as sugar, refined carbohydrates, and non-essential fats.

A high-calorie, low-nutrient diet that is very low in fibre is perfect for weight gain, and also for disease to take hold.

Regardless of anyone’s metabolism or genetics, it’s possible to achieve a normal weight once on a high-nutrient diet. Even people with a strong family history of obesity will lose weight effectively with appropriate modifications to their daily dietary intake.

What’s an example of a low-nutrient diet?

A shocking two-thirds of the average calorie intake in modern countries consists of fat, sugar, and refined (ie white) flour. The calories in sugar are called ‘empty’ because they provide absolutely no nutrients, and those calories are often hidden in processed foods and snacks. Sugar isn’t always labelled as sugar, and can be disguised in ready-prepared and processed foods because it’s often given a different name. More on this later.

If two-thirds (by calories) of your food each day consists of such low-nutrient foods, there is little room left to get the proper levels you need of all the essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals etc) to have a healthy body.

White bread is an excellent example of a low-nutrient food. Here’s why:

Wheat has 25 nutrients removed in the refining process that turns it into white flour. Just 4 of these nutrients are replaced (iron and vitamins B1, B2, and B3), and, on average, 87% of the essential minerals zinc, chromium, and manganese is lost.

That’s low-nutrient foods, what about anti-nutrients?

If a food that you eat needs more nutrients for the body to use it than what the food itself gives, it is an anti-nutrient.

Continuing to live on these foods can gradually create a toxic overload in your body and rob it of the vital nutrients it needs to function.

Anti-nutrients can also come from deep-fried food, cans and plastic containers, alcohol, painkillers, antibiotics, pollution, environmental chemicals in water, and excessive free radicals from smoking.

An anti-nutrient overload on your body makes it very difficult to eliminate toxins. When those toxins can’t be removed from the body, they may be stored in fat cells for our protection. Our adipose tissue is primarily an energy reserve – but also stores the toxins that we can’t remove.

Back to hidden sugar now…

Here are some foods that you may not know contain sugar:

1. Salami, pepperoni and other cured or dried meats. These often contain seasonings, and can be laced with sugar.

2. Peanuts. We’d expect honey-roasted peanuts to have sugar, but watch out for what sugar-free varieties. “Seasoned dry roasted” peanuts and other mixed nuts can have added sugar. Same goes for peanut butter, so read the label.

3. Bread. Unless it’s homemade, it probably contains sugar (which may be listed in the ingredients under a different name – see below). “Multi-grain” doesn’t mean it is healthier than white bread as both can have added sugars.

4. Water. Vitamin Water contains sugar, again probably listed in the ingredients disguised as something else.

5. Yoghurt. Many yoghurts contain a lot of added sugar in the fruit flavouring. Try adding your own fresh fruit to a plain yoghurt instead.

6. Energy bars. The (short-lived spike of) “energy” often comes from plenty of added sugar.

7. Salad dressing. Many contain added sugars, especially those that are “fat-free”, as the sweetness is often used to replace the flavour lost when the fat is removed.

8. Baked beans. Tinned baked beans have added sugars (and salt) although some brands are trying to reduce this now.

9. Tomato soup. Condensed and ready-to-eat generally can contain added sugars, as do most tomato sauce-based ready meals and pasta sauces.

10. Crackers. Some contain added sugar, often as glucose syrup.

If you want to know how to lose weight, it’s very important to get into the habit of reading and understanding food ingredients labels. And it’s important to know all of the different names used for sugar so that you can recognise it when it’s included in a food.

Here are 65 alternative names for sugar:

Barley malt
Castor sugar
Rice syrup
Barbados sugar
Date sugar
Evaporated cane juice
Dehydrated cane juice
High fructose corn syrup or HFCS
Fruit juice concentrate
Free flowing brown sugars
Brown sugar
Demerara sugar
Malt syrup
Buttered syrup
Glucose solids
Granulated sugar
Cane juice
Golden sugar
Maple syrup
Cane sugar
Diastatic malt
Golden syrup
Turbinado sugar
Grape sugar
Yellow sugar
Corn syrup
Ethyl maltol
Agave nectar
Corn syrup solids
Sorghum syrup
Powdered sugar
Cane crystals
Confectioner’s sugar
Icing sugar
Raw sugar
Corn sweetener
Carob syrup
Fruit juice
Invert sugar
Refiner’s syrup
Crystalline fructose
Beet sugar
Table sugar

Find out how to lose weight using hypnotherapy. Call your Harley Street trained Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist now:

Lynda Scrivener

Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist

Advanced Weight Loss Practitioner

Nutritional Therapist


By |May 13th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Why Do We Struggle To Know How To Lose Weight?

How To Lose Weight With Hypnotherapy

How To Lose Weight Using Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss

How To Lose Weight With Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a very subtle, yet powerful, way of helping yourself with your weight loss. Using the power of hypnosis and your own mind, you’re able to change the way you think about any food or drink that you’re currently consuming that may no longer be beneficial to you. You may enjoy these foods immensely, yet you may just be eating them mindlessly out of habit, but if they’re steadily increasing your waistline, you owe it to yourself, and your future health, to stop eating or drinking them regularly, and saving them for an occasional treat instead.

Only eating unhelpful foods occasionally may be easier said than done…until you try hypnotherapy. They may have become such a deeply ingrained habit that you feel you really can’t do without them. Maybe you get a takeaway every weekend, or you drink too much wine each evening. Maybe you snack on chocolate, biscuits, cheese, bread or crisps, or maybe you feel you need something sweet after your evening meal, even though you know that your meal was enough really to fill you up.

The great thing about hypnosis is that it works in exactly the same part of your mind as where your habits are triggered from, ie your subconscious mind. Whilst under hypnosis you’re helped to break any eating habits so that you don’t automatically reach for those unhelpful foods as you may have done in the past. Foods will no longer ‘call you’ as they may be doing now. You’ll no longer automatically reach for something nice when you feel stressed or fed up, or eat large portions or second helpings just to cheer yourself up. Habits that had begun to take a grip can be stopped instantly.

Instead, a wonderful ‘feel good’ feeling comes from deep within you as you’re easily able to resist what might have been so tempting to you before. You are now finally in control as you realise that you no longer crave that treat at all. You have no feelings of deprivation as friends and family all dig in to fattening, unhealthy foods that no longer hold any appeal for you. You’ll quickly realise how you can lose your unwanted weight without repeating any previous struggles. Your mind has been changed and you feel a huge sense of relief!

Many people say that they don’t know how to lose weight and that their main obstacle to losing weight is that they lack willpower. That’s understandable as we have to remember to use willpower all of the time (unfortunately our willpower’s not triggered automatically like our habits are), and so it’s very easy to give in and let our habits take over. We know just how good our favourite, fattening foods will taste, and that taste, together with any emotions we have attached to it, are far stronger than our willpower. If you’re struggling with weight loss due to lack of willpower, you’re definitely not alone! The great thing about hypnotherapy for weight loss is that willpower isn’t needed in the same way because you’re changing those unhelpful habits that are being triggered. You’ll be experiencing new, happier, healthier habits instead as you come to realise that hypnotherapy is the answer to “How to lose weight?”

If you’re looking for a better way to lose weight, hypnotherapy for weight loss is the answer. If you don’t know how to lose weight, or are struggling with your willpower and habits, a personalised hypnotherapy weight loss programme can help you to get on track and stay there until you’ve lost all of your unwanted weight, and are feeling happier and healthier.

Please get in touch for more information.

Lynda Scrivener

Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist

Advanced Weight Loss Practitioner

Nutritional Therapist


By |April 11th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on How To Lose Weight With Hypnotherapy