eat less / enjoy more
Do you take up each new promising diet you hear about, only to find that at first, you quickly shed at least some of your excess weight, but then slowly end up regaining much of what you lost? If you do, you are certainly not alone. This yo-yo pattern of weight gain and loss is the experience of literally millions of people. Fortunately, hypnotherapy can provide you with an effective alternative. Treatment will involve a number of therapeutic sessions that are specifically designed to help you modify those unhelpful habits that, over time, have resulted in your unwanted weight gain.
Restrictive eating plans tend not to work in the long run. This is especially true for fad diets. Still, simple formulas and glossy pictures continue to support their hollow promise of easy weight control. Each year, huge numbers of desperate people are enticed into adopting these, often punishing, eating regimes; and each year, huge sums of money pour into this lucrative sector of the market.
The reality is that no eating plan or fad diet is geared to deal with the deeper issues that, in all likelihood, will have been the real cause of you putting on weight. Also, no particular supplement or combination of foods can contend with those bigger underlying issues that so often serve to sabotage a person’s good intensions in life – either dietary or otherwise.
We develop most of our numerous tendencies while we are still children. Some of these are helpful, but others are not. Either way, we rarely re-examine them. Instead we simply tend to unconsciously carry them with us throughout our lives.
An example of this is what we might do with the excess food should we find that we have more than we need on our plate. As children, many of us were taught to eat everything that was put in front of us. We learned that to not do so was to be both ungrateful and wasteful. In consequence, we, as adults, still continue to eat, even when we have had enough and should really stop. Large portion sizes, not to mention leftovers, necessitate that some food is anyway wasted. However, because of the lessons of our upbringing, we may have a habit of wasting excess food into our ever expanding stomachs rather than simply putting it into a dustbin, where it really belongs.
It is not only the amount of food that we eat that might be impacting on our weight. It may also be the type of food. Certain foods create addictions and, without us even realising it, can play havoc with our fluctuating energy levels. Unscrupulous manufacturers understand this all too well, and often create products that trigger cravings and support unhealthy eating patterns. They are also most adept at actively marketing these products. Unhealthy product placement is now commonplace in movies and on television, and billboards and other advertisements frequently contain subliminal sales messages.
Our emotional needs can all too often be experienced as hunger. Many of us eat simply to combat boredom, or to comfort or reward ourselves. We have a mind-set that believes that we actually need certain delights ‘every now and then’. Additionally, there can be a shared feeling of being ‘naughty’ whenever we indulge in an illicit treat.
Perhaps some or even all of these factors may be relevant to you. Perhaps none are. However, they are examples of common behaviour patterns, which give rise to weight issues. Often, simple willpower is not enough to effectively deal with them. Should that be the case, hypnotherapy can help to re-programme the unconscious mind. It is able to target that part that is causing you difficulties. The sessions will enable you to begin to recognise the underlying issues that have caused you to gain weight and go on to help you find ways to control them, both now and in the future.
It is possible to break free from the relentless cycle of increasing and losing weight. Indeed, many previously overweight people have had lasting success, which has in turn served to increase their self-confidence and positively impact on almost every aspect of their lives. The focus of the work I do is to enable my clients to eat less, but enjoy their food more. Lifestyle changes, which include exercise and healthy eating, do of course play their part, but so does increased mindfulness and overcoming unhelpful beliefs, habits and emotional blocks that so often derail our good intensions.
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We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.
Adelle Davis (1904 - 1974)