Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss
People who have struggled with weight issues long term will be all too familiar with the patterns....
· Decide it’s time to lose weight – full of willpower and determination and do fantastic
· Diet ends
· Put weight back on
· Decide to lose it again – can’t seem to find that same willpower and can’t get going
· Continue to gain weight
· Decide to lose it and now starting from even heavier than before………
And the yo-yo-ing goes on. In among the cycles that develop will be all kinds of different diets and approaches and perhaps some healthier than others - maybe a few weird and wacky ones for good measure when desperation sets in. Familiar?
Do you know that research has shown that people who diet end up heavier over time? How can that be?
Research examining the behaviours of people who are restraining their eating (ie; dieting) suggests that they actually end up eating more overall. The ‘restraint theory’ has opened up a large area of research examining when and why dieters sometimes overeat and much of it suggests that the restraint itself plays a big part in creating the periods of overeating!
For example the dieter that has a ‘day off’ and allows themselves to be ‘unrestrained’ in their eating leads to a disinhibition, or letting go that leads to a level of eating, or over-eating that exceeds non-dieters. Researchers Herman & Polivy (1984) coined the term the ‘what the hell effect’ to characterise overeating following a period of attempted under eating.
If you consider your biology, and your basic instincts, it makes sense that in a famine-like period, when faced with a situation of plentiful supply of food, you will be motivated to eat as much as possible so your body is ready just in case there is starvation ahead. This could be the reason that we are particularly driven to high calorie, high fat foods – our bodies need to put something into storage for the times ahead!
If you are interested in more detail around current research and theories related to eating and dieting I can recommend ‘The Psychology of Eating’ by Jane Ogden
which provides an excellent overview of the latest research into a wide range of eating-related behaviours.
So having said something about why diets don’t seem to work for many people – what does? In my experience, clients that I work with to develop a healthier relationship not only with food but with themselves, seem to make significant progress in how they are then able to address the behaviours around eating and food that have kept them in that negative cycle for so long.
Overeating is often a symptom of something else not being quite as you would like it in your life. Do you eat for comfort? Address the reason you feel the need to be comforted, or find a better way to find that comfort, changing the eating behaviours and weight loss then becomes simple. Do you eat in response to stress? Address the source of the stress, or find other, better ways to manage your stress responses and improvement in eating behaviours and weight loss follows. Comfort eating, stress, low self esteem, confidence issues, trauma, lack of self belief and habit – all these and many more can create and maintain issues around eating and food for so many. All these things can also be changed for the better.
Whilst having tried every diet under the sun (and a few that belong in a dark corner somewhere!), so many people haven’t looked at the underlying issues or emotions that maintain the problems with food. It’s like replacing a bulb that’s blown due to a faulty electrical circuit – unless the circuit is fixed, even the new bulb won’t last!
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is the best thing I’ve found as a means of helping people address these issues. Because the approach is so flexible with such a broad range of techniques to choose from (hypnosis being just one tool in the box), it means that we can work in the way that’s right for you to get the best possible results in the shortest time possible. So if you are ready to learn more, contact me
. I look forward to talking about how I can help you.
Please feel free to contact Sharon using any of the methods below if you would like to know more about Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP, to make an appointment or to discuss your individual requirements.
Tel: 07956 269878
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