Workshop Takes Different Weight Loss Approach
2012-05-29 · By Editor
Kim Kabar spent years yo-yo dieting – depriving herself of her favorite foods for months at a time, depending on various weight loss meals and products and even popping diet pills – but to no avail.
Like the other 90 to 99 percent of the population that cannot maintain long-term weight loss, Kabar was never able to maintain long-term weight loss. In fact, she often gained more weight once she stopped each diet, she said.
Eight years ago, the veteran journalist decided she had enough with dieting. She began looking for an answer that could help her stop obsessing over food and help her lose weight without starving herself, without counting calories and without having to be dependent on any products. Her search took her back to college and into nutrition and fitness classes, where she began to finally discover the answers she had sought for more than 20 years. Her investigation into why she overate also led her into transformational workshops and self-help groups, where she began to understand the link between emotions and food.
After nearly five years of study, Kabar discovered a principle and approach to weight loss that helped her lose nearly 50 pounds and keep it off to this day.
“I came to the realization that it wasn’t a hunger of my body that I was overfeeding for so many years, it was a hunger of my heart”, said the single mom and Long Beach resident.
For more than a year, Kabar has been sharing her knowledge and her weight loss journey to dozens of men and women through her Hungry for Less program, a workshop she created to address the root reason behind overeating.
Beginning this week, Kabar is offering free introductory classes to participants who are ready to get off the hamster wheel of diets, to change their relationship with food and to look at the emotions that often lead them to the refrigerator.
“Hungry for Less is so much more than just weight management,” said former participant Mash Bogatyreva of Los Angeles. “You can lose pounds and gain insight about your life.”
The introductory classes introduce men and women to the truth behind why diets don’t work and what they can do to finally get off the hamster wheels of diets and emotional eating.
“Hungry for Less is a program that, if you are ready to jump off the dieting roller coaster and truly understand why you eat, provides everything you need to develop the self-acceptance and understanding necessary to finally make the changes that will lead to permanent weight loss,” said Peggy McCabe of Long Beach.
Kabar, a former staff and freelance writer for the Los Angeles Times, approached her investigation eight years ago into why diets weren’t working much like the investigative stories she often wrote.
“I started my journey on a quest for truth,” said Kabar. “I wanted to know how Americans, including myself, can spend billions of dollars weight loss products and still a nation suffering under the weight of obesity.”
Kabar created Hungry for Less in 2010 using the combination of knowledge she gained after returning to college where she spent several years taking various nutrition and fitness classes and the wisdom she gained participating in various mindful and emotional eating workshops, such as bestselling author Geneen Roth’s “Women, Food & God” retreat and Palov Somov’s “360 Degrees of Mindful Eating: 10 Clinical Skills to Overcome Overeating” seminar. A Landmark Education graduate, Kabar also incorporates the knowledge she has gained as a member of several 12-step programs and as a student of The Work of Byron Katie.
“Hungry for Less is not a quick fix, but it is a permanent solution,” said Kabar. “It’s also a doorway toward freedom from obsession over food and weight and a powerful way to lose weight while rediscovering the joy of food.”
What: Hungry for Less Free 90-minute Introductory Classes
7 p.m., Wednesday, May 30
7 p.m., Thursday, May 31
10 a.m., Saturday, June 2
7 p.m., Monday, June 4
7 p.m., Wednesday, June 6
Where: Private Long Beach home. Address given with RSVP
To learn more about the Hungry for Less workshop, please call Kim Kabar at (562) 519-3835 or RSVP for one of the free classes on her website at www.hungry4less.com