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IS THERE AN END TO THE LIFE LONG DIET?
A recent conversation I had shocked me into putting pen to paper (or rather fingers to keys) to write this article. The conversation concerned dieting, a subject that always fascinates me, as the majority of women I know are obsessed with their eating and drinking habits due to their never ending diet! My colleague rambled about the many dieting regimes she had tried and how they seemed great initially but eventually failed miserably. She sighed deeply and seemed resigned to the never ending struggle of the continuous life-long diet, an arduous chore for anybody!
However before I could offer advice or support, my colleague piped up, with hope in her voice, “Maybe I will try that hypnosis thing.” Now that was music to my ears! As a qualified hypnotherapist, I am always amazed how many people turn to hypnosis or hypnotherapy as a last resort. They will have tried every conceivable way to overcome their weight issues, smoking habits, phobias etc and turn to hypnotherapy when all hope is lost – this is their first mistake!
It is a well known fact that over 90% of diets fail and what’s worse is that 30% of people who do manage to lose the weight, put it all back on plus more, after they have worked so hard to lose it! Diets may work in the short term, but once the old eating habits are re-established weight gain is inevitable. In order to lose weight successfully, unhealthy eating habits need to be changed long term and no amount of dieting is going to do that.
Furthermore, as human beings we are driven by the ‘pleasure and pain’ principle and it governs all areas of our lives from the job we chose to the way we spend our weekends. We are driven to seek pleasure (comfort from chocolate or a glass of wine) and strive to avoid pain (the arduous struggle of eating what we really don’t want to eat and not eating what we crave!). So we ‘attempt’ to lose weight with minimal commitment as we fear the struggle and pain that it will ultimately cause us.
Of course this is not the case for everyone. Some individuals have a positive and healthy approach to eating which means that they eat what’s right for their body and this knowledge is what brings them pleasure. Pain to them would be a diet laden with fat and sugar etc.
So why do some of us struggle daily with eating healthily and maintaining an ideal weight, whilst others go through life with no conception of what a diet involves?
Well emotions play a large part in our relationship to food – the ‘comfort eater’ (compulsive eater) will eat to keep whatever negative emotions they are experiencing at bay, whether it be the feeling of not being good enough, or feeling unappreciated. How many of you, after a bad day at the office or with the kids, have taken comfort, literally in a glass of wine, some chocolate or other nibbles? And after comforting ourselves, we then feel the ‘pain’ or guilt when we have overindulged, forcing us to seek out pleasure once more to overcome this pain. And so the cycle of comfort eating begins.
Some people simply have poor eating habits which they have either learnt in childhood or adopted themselves later in life. Like any habit, unhealthy eating practices can be difficult to overcome and replace with more positive healthier ones. Poor, unhealthy eating habits literally need to be rewritten and positive, healthier ones reinforced in order for individuals to lose/maintain a healthy weight and body.
So how can both the comfort eater and the habit eater lose weight successfully, effortlessly and naturally and furthermore, maintain the weight loss? Most diets (especially those that offer supplements to actual meals) whilst they work in the short term do not attempt to alter an individual’s eating habits and as mentioned earlier, once we stop the diet, we revert back to our old eating habits which caused our weight gain in the first instance. So no surprises that the weight we struggled to lose, creeps back on.
If you could alter your eating habits permanently then there would be no further need for dieting or the diet industry. So we can see why some dieting methods have no interest in helping the individual overcome their poor eating behaviour, as ultimately it affects their business and their profits! However this is not the case for all diets – some diet clubs set out specifically to help us change our eating habits, offering support along the way, in order for us to, once and for all, eat healthily and maintain an ideal weight.
So if you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off, then the only way to do this is to change your eating habits. So how do you do this?
You can use one of the many dieting clubs which provide healthy eating plans and advice on how to lose weight naturally, positively and long term. Not only do you learn to adopt healthier eating patterns but you get much needed support from the representatives and other members too which is crucial, especially in the initial period when you are struggling to change what may be a life-long habit.
You can take the journey yourself – relying on your will power and determination to become a healthier, slimmer and fitter person. Ensure that you have plenty of support from friends and family along the way and if like me, you are a mother, incorporate new healthier meals into the family mealtimes, so the whole family can benefit too.
If you lack the will power to change your eating patterns and have tried and failed in the past, then hypnotherapy is an excellent way to lose weight effortlessly without struggling on and losing motivation. Hypnotherapy is a new and successful weight loss method which does not incorporate a diet and does not involve will power. So how does hypnotherapy work and why is it so much easier to lose weight by this method than it is through dieting?
Compulsive and habit eaters can both successfully and effortlessly lose weight with hypnotherapy by reprogramming the unconscious mind to adopt a healthy and positive eating pattern. However, for the compulsive eater, the cause of their overeating needs to be established first and resolved before any change can be made to their eating habits. This compulsion to overeat usually has its origins in childhood/early teens and can be something simple as associating food as a treat, when a child is rewarded with food for being good or working hard at school.
For both the compulsive and habit eater, weight loss can only be achieved by an alteration in their eating habits and hypnotherapy overwrites their old negative eating habits and replaces them with positive healthier ones. Habits are rooted in our unconscious mind and run automatically in the background without us consciously being aware of them. So in order for us to permanently alter our eating habits, this change needs to take place in the deepest part of our mind – the unconscious mind. Hypnotherapy opens up communication with the unconscious mind, enabling us to overwrite the existing eating patterns and replace these with positive, healthier eating behaviour.
Once these new eating patterns have taken root in our unconscious mind, our struggle with dieting comes to an end. We consciously chose healthy foods and smaller portions and feel less desire to eat between meals as we feel pleasantly full after each meal time.
So whatever your eating habits are, whether they involve large portions, sugary foods, snacking etc hypnotherapy can help you overcome and replace them with more positive patterns which enable you to lose any excessive weight and maintain the weight loss too.
If you have been struggling for years on one long diet, then hypnotherapy is for you. Compared to the many years battling the bulge, hypnotherapy is a quick and easy way to lose weight and usually takes six sessions. Furthermore, eating a healthy balanced diet not only helps you lose weight, but it can also help with overall health and vitality, as well as confidence too. It may even assist in lifting your mood too.
So next time you check out what diets are available on the web, think twice. Do you want short term or long term gain?
Mairead Russell is a qualified and registered hypnotherapist (GHR) who works in the Central Manchester area. Mairead specializes in emotional and behavioral issues, including depression, anxiety disorders and stress. Mairead also has great success with weight loss, both for the habit and comfort eater. For further information please visit her web site http://www.mcrhypnotherapy.com or email at [email protected]
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