In order to lose and/or manage weight, one must make sure to burn more calories (energy) than one actually consumes. In addition, one must stay away from the foods that turn quickly into sugar (i.e. foods that are high on the glycemic index), thus feeding the fat in our bodies. There are foods that break down much slower (i.e. low on the glycemic scale), therefore allowing the body time to absorb the vitamins and nutrients of the food. This is easier said than done, right? Weight becomes harder and harder to control with age (especially 30 years and older). With all the new studies about losing weight – low carb/ high protein diets, calorie controlled diets, the cabbage diet, and so on and so forth – one cannot help but be confused. So we ask: what is good and what is not good to eat? What is the best diet? It is no wonder people end up stopping their attempts to lose weight! After the age of 30, the metabolic rate slows down considerably, and we just cannot continue eating what we ate in our teens and 20’s – much less in the same amounts. All this is usually coupled with a more sedentary lifestyle, which contributes to piling up the pounds.
What I have also learned while working with people who are battling with weight issues is that most of these people are also constantly dealing with emotional or oversensitivity issues. They may become emotional over the slightest of things which drives them to seek comfort in things that are not necessarily good for their body, but give them a false sense of security. When one holds on to emotions because of oversensitivity, the stress level from this act causes one to overeat, especially junk foods or so-called “comfort foods”, thereby fueling these weight gain problems. By targeting the root cause in this case, as in most other cases, one will be able to achieve lasting healing by means of a change in lifestyle. How many times have you gone on a diet, lost 10 or 15lbs and then gained the weight right back? This proves that it is not just about the food one eats but also about the way one thinks and acts. There are so many fad diets and “weight loss systems” out there, but without the commitment to a true lifestyle change and targeting the true root cause of a problem through the subconscious, weight loss success would most likely be only a temporary situation.
How can Hypnosis help people lose weight?
Achieving desired weight is one of the most challenging things we may ever do in our life. This is because it is not only important to lose the weight – one must also be able to keep it off over the long term. In order to achieve this goal, one must usually go through a 360 degree lifestyle change. It is important to focus on education about proper nutrition and the elements that make up different foods, the vitality of different types of exercise, such as yoga, weight and cardiovascular training, and the introduction in the client’s life of new interests, hobbies and physical activities which help in the weight loss process. Education and exercise, however, is not enough. Hypnosis is then necessary in order to instill the motivation necessary to make this complete habit and lifestyle change, to create the desire to decrease food intake or portions and make wiser/ healthier choices during and in between mealtimes, to increase self confidence and help tackle the emotional issues (decrease the over-sensitivity) that one harbors to help maintain the weight at or lower the weight to a desirable level.