What about cravings and temptation?
Anybody that has ever attempted to slim down recognises that horrible sense of temptation. You are aware how it feels… you can roll along for a few days with amazing determination, perseverance and drive. You're eating what you need to, you're being 'good' and consuming plenty of water whilst saying 'no thanks' to goodies and foods that have tempted you before.
However, then it hits you. You begin wanting something that's certainly not on your list of healthy meals or 'good foods'. The temptation differs for various people. Sometime you may start getting visions of chocolate cake. Or perhaps it's simply a large bowl of buttery mashed potato, or even a big bowl of spaghetti that's covered in a Pesto sauce. Sometimes the 'weakness' is a large glass of white wine.
Regardless of what your unique temptation is, the fight is identical. You begin considering it, craving it and finally little else will satisfy you. Chances are that it is not really physical hunger or starvation that's making you crave these foods. It's much more of a way of thinking. And in lots of ways, this cycle of thinking is even harder to battle than physical hunger. If you're only hungry, you could just eat another 'different' thing - something that you're not especially in the mood for, but that will still satisfy you and, also means you can continue on with your day. However this temptation is more like an emotional craving or 'desire'.
When desires and emotional temptation hits you, the straightforward act of eating another thing (that you're not 'in the mood for') most likely won't help tame the animal called cravings! You have to fight emotion with other emotions, and feelings. And the easiest method to do that is to remind yourself your reason for trying so hard to lose weight to begin with.
It's all about the whys!
Consider the reasons why you're attempting to live a slim lifestyle - what exactly are they? Did your mum die from a weight related illness? Has your physician said that unless you alter your eating routine you're likely to put your own life at risk? Or, are you just currently fed up with feeling the fatigue and depression that transporting excess fat can cause?
They are your “whys.” Your whys would be the driving force behind weight loss attempts. And often we want the emotion of individuals whys to provide us the force to avoid the temptation. Assistance to visualise two situations. For instance, if you're attempting to slim down since you are diabetic, or at risk of becoming diabetic, think about these two situations:
The very first scenario is you in a number of years, healthy, in shape and powerful. You're feeling fabulous, and glamorous. And you are healthier than you have ever been before.You've plenty of energy, you've got a passion for existence and you're not 'at risk' any longer.
The second scenario: Here, however the picture is a lot different. You're more fat than you were, and now to be able to take control of your diabetes, you need to take insulin injections. This is causing your body to store more fat. (Insulin can do this). You're tired, since you are not active, you're spending so much time just sitting around, feeling rubbish. Also you cannot leave your home without your 'monitor' to check your glucose levels. In this image, you can't walk far because your weight has continued to pile on, and your joints hut, not to mention the nerve damage developing in your legs.
It takes only a couple of seconds to visualise both of these realistic options. However this visualisation exercise is extremely effective, because imagining yourself in these situations makes you feel different. Visualisation is so powerful when it come to weight loss, and every area of life. The next time you feel the pull of 'cravings' simply make sure you stop. Visualise, and remember the options. You are the one in control. You are the one that can create either one of the two options.
This can be done. With a few exercises and techniques on your side you can beat the cravings! Hypnotherapy can be a helpful tool - a hypnotherapist can teach you these exercises and visualisation techniques to support your weight loss.
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Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.HypApril 17th, 2018