Wellington Hypnosis is very successful with weight issues. Not everyone with a weight problem is overweight. Some people eat all day, and some people think about eating all day but don't. Both need help with their emotions.
Wellington Hypnosis has an excellent track record with weight loss. Hypnosis is used to find out exactly why the person is behaving the way they are, and why they can't lose weight. Being overweight is always an emotional issue, and needs a psychological approach that recognises that losing weight is a complex issue that involves family, relationships and self image. Hypnosis is ideal for that.
It is not a matter of information either. At Wellington Hynpnosis we find that people who need to lose weight already know everything there is to know about protein and carbohydrates and balanced intake and vitamins and diets and everything else.
But some people just keep on bingeing and snacking and end up overweight. Their problem is a compulsive need to eat, of not being able to stop snacking, to eat sensibly.
Others manage their weight by vomiting it up later, or dosing with laxitives. None of these is particularly nice. Or you can spend your life constantly yo-yo dieting up and down the scales and feeling bad about being unable to control their weight.
Most of these people go through their lives ashamed of their body, embarrassed about their size and live a double life: a public life in which they pretend everything is OK, and a secret life in which they hate themselves for failing and despair of ever losing weight. Then they eat to feel better but immediately feel bad because they gave in to it.
These people are not weak willed or self indulgent. They are obeying an internal irresistible psychological drive. The purpose of that drive is to keep them safe. Somehow their personal identity got mixed up with feelings about food. Food nurtures, comforts, is fulfilling; it expresses love, shows you care; it is something you give to others, it connects to family, it is something to share; food brings people to together, it is a happy family around a table laughing. Food is warmth, comfort, love. Eating is wrapped up with being accepted, cosseted, included, valued. Whenever feelings of loss, loneliness and rejection come up, eating is the way to deal with it. And that is the key to weight loss. Understand why you eat and you can get control of your eating.
The way hypnosis is used is different in every case. The exact details of why individuals over eat varies from person to person, but the reasons are all basically the same: the person associates food with being loved and cared for, and knows that not having food is the same as being being left on their own, lonely and isolated. Food is everything. Not having it around means there is a danger of not being loved. That danger has to be avoided, it cannot be allowed to come to pass. That is the root cause of the compulsion - a dread of being unloved, feeling lonely, rejected, no good. This is the sort of thing that hypnosis is best at.
The origin is usually in childhood, when the child decides that getting food means being loved. Mother provides food, so mother is showing that the child is important. No food equals no love. The punishment of sending a child to their room with without dinner associates hunger with unhappiness. It is often compounded by the mother rewarding good behaviour with a special treat, or dealing with her own problems through eating. Many children learn to associate happy times with meal times, and when the family breaks up the pain of the loss is associated with different eating arrangements, and the child believes that if only everyone was around the table again everything would be OK.
Hypnosis works on core human needs. Food is a basic human drive, and it easily gets mixed up with other emotions. For some people, every time they feel bad, they reach into the cupboard, instead of reaching into their past. They need the power of hypnosis to get to the root of the problem, and fix it, permanently.
The way hypnosis ends eating compulsions and losing weight is by changing how the person feels about themself. Food should be something you enjoy and not something that is a substitute for something else.
Hypnosis lets you find out how you identify with food, how you represent the relationship, and lets you explore and change your mental associations.
Hypnotherapy is gentle but searching. It finds what is driving the behaviour and then subtly changes it.
There is a strong psychological element to most problem eating.
Hypnotherapy will help with the root causes, but the results
will not be instant and it may take several sessions to discover why you can't control your eating. In many instances eating problems are linked to some more general issue such as lack of self esteem or anxiety. It is often useful to consider using another session of hypnosis to deal with those later.
Put your food on a smaller plate. It makes the same size of portion look bigger, and fools your mind into thinking you have eaten more than you have.
Never eat out of the package or tin. Get a separate bowl or plate and measure out how much you want, and then put the package away. This should apply to everything: yoghourt, nuts, biscuits, candy, sliced meats - everything. If it comes in a packet or bag, seal it up and put it away before you start.
If you are right handed, use your left. This will make you more aware of the process of eating and stop your mind drifting off so that you eat without noticing it.
They look like they hold more but they don't. A great many calories come from liquids in your diet, so cutting down the quantity without really noticing can be very useful.
So you see yourself when you are about to get something. Put a mirror on the fridge door, one inside the cutlery drawer, another inside the pantry, and beside the phone if you are in the habit of dialling for takeaways. This will remind you of what you look like and what you want to look like.
The action of chewing something fools your mind into thinking that you are actually eating. This turns off the hunger pangs. Just watch out you don't take in too much sugar from the gum.
Put the fork down between bites and count to twenty after swallowing. Try to break the habit of having a loaded forkful ready while you are still chewing the last one. The longer you take over your meal the sooner your body thinks it is full.
These make you less likely to take something. Research has shown that although we all like red foods like strawberries and apples, we don't like picking things from red colored dishes. Every little bit helps when you are trying to avoid snacking.
This is so that you focus on what you are doing. TV is designed to keep your mind absorbed, which the worst thing to do while eating. You really need to be aware of what you are doing when you eat.
of all the unhealthy things you eat. Use your cell phone to photograph every bit of food that you think you shouldn't be eating but really enjoy. And then after a week go through your photo gallery and you will become aware just how much bad stuff you are voluntarily putting into your body.
Do not set out a variety of different things. You are more likely to take more when there are several choices. If you only lay out two things, you will take less in total than if you laid out six different things.
Wherever possible try to eat in the company of other people. Socializing makes you slow down your eating as you talk and interact. So try to share your lunch instead of eating at the desk or sitting in the park.
After you have eaten your portion, don't take anything else for twenty minutes. Waiting twenty minutes gives your body time to respond to what you have eaten, and this means you are much less likely to take that second helping, or to crave something nice to finish off the meal.
Ten minutes before every meal get a thick slice of soft whole grain bread, apply real butter, and enjoy it. Whole grain bread is delicious, but it will swell up in your stomach and make you not able to eat so much straight after. The butter also makes your body feel more satisfied.
Heavy people often hate the scales, but they can be a great motivator. Two things to remember: the scales aren't lying, and your weight fluctuates quite a bit day to day. This is due to uneven water retention. So weigh yourself daily or weekly and keep a graph of the readings. What you are looking for is not the day to day ups and downs, but the trend line. The trend line will tell you whether what you are doing is working or whether you need to cut out one more thing.
Thank you for today's session, it was very enlightening. This afternoon was a bit of an eye opener, I went for ice-cream with my family, normally what ever I get, it'd either be double or large, or something with extras. Without even thinking when the lady asked if I wanted a Small or Large Flake Shake, I automatically said Small, also usually when I say I want a small, I normally think to myself "That's not going to be enough, I'm still going to want more" I had no feelings of that whatsoever, and after having the Small Flake Shake it was just the right size for me.