For those who struggle with weight almost all have been on a diet and most have tried several kinds.
Meal replacement drinks, slimming bars, herbal remedies, teas, supplements, and surgery just
to name a few including slimming groups, weight watching programs, fitness centers, health spas,
and gyms and though it seemed to work for a short time, sooner or later almost all returned to their
‘normal’ way of eating and the weight returned with probably a little extra. Moreover, they do this through
a system of deprivation-discipline-and-denial approach. They're based on the principle of ‘no’, and the
subconscious mind in its simplistic childlike way doesn’t like ‘no’. It likes ‘yes’.
So ask yourself, can all this ‘failure’ simply be because the power of habit and/or lack of will power?
If simple habit is the cause of overeating then simple suggestion therapy would work, and for a very few
it does, then this would be all that’s needed to reduce weight.
But the fact is we overeat and indulge in unhealthy choices because of feelings and old emotional patterns to satisfy our needs. When you use food to assuage feelings like boredom, frustration, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and insecurity, or to recapture or even prolong feelings of pleasure, it is obvious we are not eating to nourish ourselves. This is emotional eating and we have become emotional eaters. The fact is without a glandular malfunction or physical disorder, if you’re overweight you’re eating too much. Research has shown that we all underestimate how much we eat or the amount of calories we eat.
Let’s understand, in the subconscious mind where the signal for hunger originates, this signal is the same one programmed thousands of years ago for survival and was used by our early ancestors to begin ‘looking’ for something to eat, as it took a while to hunt or forage for something edible. But, in this day and age if we have a hunger pang we simply stop and eat, fast food, convenient food whatever we can get our hands on and usually eat more than we need.
"We use food to assuage feelings like boredom, frustration, loneliness, anxiety, depression, insecurity or even to prolong feelings of pleasure."
So much of overeating stems from our attitude towards food which in turn causes weight problems. What drives overeating is what drives addiction in general. This is not something we can consciously change since this is driven by the subconscious mind stimulating the reward system for pleasure in the brain, releasing neurotransmitters of dopamine and serotonin, the cocktail that make us feel good and what we all live for. In fact, brain scans have demonstrated that high-sugar and high-fat foods work almost exactly like morphine or heroin in the brain. Research has shown a strong connection between neural mechanisms of the brain underlying obesity and those of drug addiction. Addiction, is not defined by a substance, but by a behavior. And all addiction has the same drivers: feelings of anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, emptiness, inadequacy, insecurity, and inner discomfort. Feelings of almost any kind can cause people to eat and eat and eat some more.
Almost everyone overweight is or has been unhappy with some aspect of who they are. In some way or another the self-esteem has been damaged or even an aspect of helplessness. The single most important factor in overeating and weight management is one’s relationship with one’s self. It far outweighs calorie counting, diets, and even exercise and has nothing to do with willpower or lack thereof. So, the problem lies in the reasons why these symptoms exist; why we feel the way we feel.
"What drives overeating is what drives addiction in general."
Eating is a profound way of communing with life that is all about us. In some ways even more intimate than sex. It’s also a way of connecting us with our past, which produced all of our subconscious programming. As soon as we’re born, we are held close to our mother and fed. From the very beginning of life, we form a deep emotional connection between being fed and being loved. Food was the answer when we cried serving up feelings of being loved, warmth, safe, valued and lovable. So food serves to reaffirm we are lovable.
As the conscious mind works through willpower it is only able to do so for a short period of time before it’s handed over to our subconscious mind, which works with feelings, habits and programs, as it continues the work the conscious mind began, attempting to implement ‘no’ or ‘denial’. But if the subconscious is working on different programs, as it often does, these programs tell us that food will make us feel better and that food is a useful solution to life’s difficulties and discomforts, and sooner or later we will eat. Willpower can certainly help in the beginning but willpower can eventually be overcome by feelings. There is no long-term weight-management approach that will prove lasting if the subconscious mind’s programming has not been aligned with what we consciously want. When this happens, we don’t really need to try to eat in a healthy manner – it just feels natural to do so. We are in harmony with ourselves and the feelings that it brings.
"The single most important factor in overeating and weight management is one’s relationship with one’s self. "
"There is no long-term weight-management approach that will prove lasting if the subconscious mind’s programming has not been aligned with the conscious mind and what we consciously want."
In order to change our relationship with food it is necessary to change our relationship with our inner self. It is likewise important to realize that any program that looks to drop weight quickly will meet with failure. The body has an ‘inner thermostat’ that monitors our weight and works with other elements in the body to keep it in a state of equilibrium called homeostasis. This will simply trigger the subconscious mind setting off the alarm, I’m starving. Then everything in the body cries out for food, food and more food. Likewise if we reduce weight gradually and stay slim for long enough, the body’s ‘fat-thermostat’ will automatically reset to the new weight, the new normal.
Learning to delay instant gratification brings even greater reward: the freedom to choose. When we are free to choose, we can be free from addiction. The way to a healthier, slimmer you lies in a modification of old eating habits and patterns and in an alteration of our relationship with food and with ourselves – not in dieting.
Unless you have a physiological health issue,Hypnotherapy can put you back in touch with your authentic self, helping you to re-draw those outmoded maps, delete the faulty programs and re-write the scripts that have been triggering you to eat unconsciously and put on unhealthy weight. Everything you need to be healthy is right in you, built in you, waiting for you to access and to return you to a lighter, more balance weight.
Our hypnotherapy program will use a minimum of 6 weekly personal sessions for weight reduction which will involve several specific elements which are essential to the achievement of established objectives:
A client’s self-esteem and confidence will be evaluated and fortified as necessary to achieve a positive outlook. Induce the ability to visualize mentally the perfect, desired body structure, at the appropriate weight and with physical modifications important to reaching your goal weight.
The client’s attitude toward food, overeating and related satisfactions will be altered to reduce the conceived importance of food as it relates to feelings of well-being.
Food interests and tastes will be modified to increase the desire for healthy foods with appropriate nutrition, and reduce the desire for foods high in fats and other harmful elements. Emphasis will be placed on such matters as quantity consumption, special tastes (sweet-tooth enjoyment) and negative calorie foods.
Finally, re-programming will deal with such behavioral matters as establishing times, places and patterns for future eating, elimination of harmful habits, and positive reinforcement for relief of stress or anxiety factors or other causal elements which may require hypnotic desensitization.