I’m Dr Helen McCarthy, the Appetite Doctor.

As a Clinical Psychologist, I’ve been helping people change for 30 years. When I began to work on the psychology of weight loss in 2011, I used myself as my first guinea pig. I lost one and a half stone over 6 months and have kept it off very easily.

Since then, I’ve successfully used my Appetite Retraining methodology with my private clients, and am now teaching other healthcare professionals how to use Appetite Retraining to help their clients lose weight. If you’d like to learn how to lose weight, I’d love to help you too.

Buy the book

Lose weight permanently eating all your favourite foods.

This is amazing. It took one sitting to read and has totally re wired my thoughts around food. I am already seeing the pounds fall off!” 

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How I can help you

Welcome to the Appetite Doctor.  You’ve come to the right place if you want to learn how to lose weight yourself, or you’d like a way to help your clients with their weight issues.

I’ve written a book that’s already helped thousands of people lose weight, and it can help you too. I run online retreats to help you change the way you think and act around food. I also work with a limited number of clients in my private clinic.  

I run courses and training sessions to help healthcare professionals use the Appetite Retraining system in their practice.

Workshops and training events

The psychology of weight loss: How to help your clients change their eating habits

Join us on this two-day course to help you deepen your understanding of the psychological factors

which influence your clients’ attempts to lose weight.

 

Details and booking here:

“Helen gave me a new way of looking at weight loss and habit change that’s made the biggest difference to the way I help my clients”

“changed the way I felt about food forever in just a few hours”

The Appetite Doctor Online Retreats –

Change the way you feel and act around food and eating for good

How to stick to your resolutions around eating and keep on track

January 15th 2021

How to Strengthen Your Willpower to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

February 12th 2021

How to reduce or overcome cravings

March 19th 2021

How to Reduce Emotional Eating

April 16th 2021

The Appetite Pendulum 

The Appetite Pendulum is at the centre of Appetite Retraining. It provides a way of judging your level of hunger or fullness that makes losing weight simple and natural.

Freedom around food

Changing how you eat can make you anxious initially. This free guide to Managing Food Related Anxiety will help you reduce feelings of anxiety and agitation and give you freedom around food.

Success stories

Reversing middle-age weight gain. How Anna lost 9 pounds in two months and has kept it off ever since.

“I knew this was the right approach for me because Helen said, ‘you carry on eating what you like to eat and you don’t have to change your routine or what you eat’.”

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I had been trying for years to lose the extra pounds that kept creeping on and never managed to shift them. With Appetite Retraining something just clicked. With just a couple of easy changes to my daily eating pattern, I hit my target on schedule, having lost a pound a week for several months. And even over Christmas, I didn’t put anything back on. I feel in control of my eating and my weight, which feels wonderful. I feel fitter and ten years younger. Now dressing up is fun again and I have a new wardrobe.

Anna aged 52