Dream yourself Slim
5th February, 20130 Comments
Written by: Bilyana Wharton Ad Dip CP Dip Hyp CS
The long winter days are characterized with more time spent indoors, watching TV shows or favourite movies, spending hours in front of the computer, perhaps some of us tempted to sort out long forgotten cupboards, drawers of lofts or even learn a language or acquire a new hobby.
But the cold weather can tempt us to have the extra glass of wine with cheese and biscuits; to finish yet another bag of crisps or sweets; one more cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, accompanied with this scrumptious cake we promised to have yet another ‘last’ piece of... for the last time...again. Boredom, reward and comfort...
And while at work, this cup of tea or coffee never goes with only one biscuit while gently distracted by the intimate discussion or the latest update our colleague could not wait to tell us about. Habit, conformity and sense of belonging...
So, in the next few weeks after the New Year’s Resolutions have been made, the old habits start lurking at the back of our mind, creeping up into our behaviours and our motivation gradually decreases until we pretend to forget what we promised to our selves. Guilt, helplessness, hopelessness and sense of failure...
So why is it so difficult to change these old eating habits? We can want something so badly such as losing weight, and we can have all the reasons why we should be losing weight and all the good intentions to go ahead and lose weight, but it seems not enough to actually make us lose weight.
Part of the answer is that overeating, or eating particular foods that contribute to weight gain, have provided us with some kind of benefits that are too precious, and unless we find and learn new healthier ways of achieving those benefits no diet in the world will work for us.
This is because diets are based on restrictions (calorie counting), deprivation (what, when and how much you eat) and forbidding (banning certain foods or group of foods). Diets are designed in a manner that makes you think constantly about food. It is a regime to follow using calculations and will power and restricts your right of choice what to eat and when to eat and all that takes away the pleasure of eating. Eventually it makes you grow bored, and frustrated coupled with the stress and pressure of having to follow all these rules and points lead to tiredness. That results in simply giving up. And after all that you have spend your money to put even more pressure on yourself. There is no surprise why diets do not work long term.
Humans are emotional, intelligent and creative creatures. We have powerful imagination and potential that hypnotherapy engages in order to address the reasons behind eating habits and attitudes that are gone wrong.
Behind human behaviour there lays a reason that is, in most cases, emotionally, intellectually or experientially charged. And after every human action there is a consequence; sometimes with double jeopardy. You eat that cake; you pound the pounds and then feel guilty, frustrated or angry for doing it.
But there is a way how we can gain awareness of the emotional conditioning related to our eating habits.
When working with weight loss in hypnotherapy these reasons and emotions that lay underneath the eating habits and behaviours of the client are seriously considered and addressed. And what makes hypnotherapy unique is the individual approach to each single client.
The therapist may use Gastric Band therapy or custom designed Weight loss Programme, but they are just frames that are filled in with the client’s specific vocabulary, experiences, needs and expectations. The therapist engages the client’s creativity and imagination and the process is not only goal orientated but also very pleasant to experience.
And that is how the magic happens: the therapist enters the client’s world, through the means of the imagination, visualization, creativity and mind management techniques together they work on achieving the desired changes. Then the therapist steps out and the client is ready to continue on their own. What else is more natural and pleasant than dreaming yourself into slimming and achieving your most comfortably feeling self, the one you deserve to be?
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