Ditch the diet with hypnotherapy
5th July, 20160 Comments
Fad diets rarely work. If they did then we would all be slim, healthy and happy. Yet the amount of people who are 'obese' has tripled in the last 25 years. The government has recently predicted that unless obesity is tackled, 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children in Britain will be obese by 2050. Worrying statistics indeed!
We are bombarded every day with information about what we should and shouldn't eat. There are new diets and weight loss fads being released every week. Drink this coffee, eat this supplement, do this simple exercise...
We have all the information we need and we have all the resources available to make it happen. But yet we, as a nation, are getting fatter. So what is going wrong?
Fundamentally it's as simple as eating less and moving more. But unless you have your head in the game you will not get anywhere. Sure we can all engage in a crash fad diet where we starve ourselves on minimum calories and drop weight quickly. But it is often unsustainable. It has been shown time and time again that the majority of 'dieters' actually gain all of the weight they lost and then some!
The minute we put ourselves on a 'diet' we are dooming ourselves to failure. It is deprivation and the brain does not like deprivation! The primitive part of our brain, which still drives our emotions and behaviours, will react if it feels it is under threat. The minute we feel under threat (your brain will detect a threat if it is eating minimal calories) the primitive brain will kick in and start releasing chemicals that make our body think we are in a crisis situation. These chemicals are shown to actually stop us being able to lose weight and the reason for this is that the brain will think that food is short. It will effectively think we are in a famine and will then hold onto all of those calories and store them as fat! As well as this all those stress hormones will be making us feel, unsurprisingly, pretty rubbish! And what better way to help us feel better than a biscuit or packet of crisps huh?
So it is important to scrap the diet mentality, stop depriving ourselves and start thinking long term. Engaging in healthy behaviours mean that we start to rewire the brain, forming good, positive and healthy habits. If we are no longer depriving ourselves it means that the brain does not feel under threat and it will continue to do what it should in using the excess weight to fuel your body. Feeling good about ourselves is also important because again, if we are beating ourselves up with classic mantras such as 'I can't believe I ate that', 'I'm useless', 'I'm stupid', 'I'm always going to be fat' then again, the brain will feel under threat, releasing those pesky stress chemicals that turn off our ability to lose weight.
Try these three simple ways to help you feel good and break that negative dieting cycle:
1. Get off the scales
Yes it's good to have a guide but we have all been there where we wake up feeling good and confident, step on the scales and instantly feel dreadful! It is just a number. If you wake up and feel good then you are more likely to eat healthily and nourish your body so to keep the momentum going. If you take notice of 'the number' then you will more likely feel terrible and eat to make yourself feel better.
2. Eat mindfully
Am I really hungry? What does my body want to eat? These are questions you should be asking yourself before you eat. Try to listen to the signals your body is giving you and respond accordingly. Eat slowly and chew each mouthful of food thoroughly. Your body will naturally tell you when it is full if you eat slower and so this is a great way to become more in tune with your body by nourishing it and giving it just the amount of food it needs.
Picturing yourself reaching your goals is so very powerful and picturing yourself at your ideal perfect shape is an important way to help you focus on what is important to you. Picture yourself in your perfect outfit or picture yourself stepping out of the shower and seeing your ideal body staring back at you in the mirror. By taking time to do this you are giving your brain a clear instruction of where you want to get to. The more you do this the more powerful it will become and this powerful positive image will help you make the right decisions about the food you eat.
We all have the inner resources to help us achieve what we want in life. But these abilities are often shrouded in negativity. That unhelpful negative self-talk sometimes means that we can't access these resources. Hypnotherapy is a fantastic way to train your brain to think more positively. When you do this you can easily focus on what is important to you whilst increasing your motivation, determination and showing you that you really can achieve whatever it is that is important to you.
Hypnotherapy can help you make those life changes and finally help break that negative dieting cycle.
About the author
Clare Littlewood is a solution focused hypnotherapist based in Toddington, Bedfordshire.
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