Most people find that dieting alone does not work long-term, so what is the solution to weight control?
As therapists, we look at the whole person; their thoughts, feelings, lifestyle and sleep patterns, as well as their eating habits. Research has shown that those who don't eat breakfast tend to snack on unhealthy foods to try to regulate the drop in blood sugar, it was also found that they will eat larger portions of food very often late at night. Hunger also has a bearing on the speed of eating and a habit of eating too quickly can easily develop. The 'fullness signal' is then often missed or ignored.
Disturbed sleep also has an impact on weight and those who struggle to sleep or to stay asleep are more inclined to crave high-sugar, high-fat based foods. Low mood and worry alongside tiredness makes us less inclined to feel like exercise, but the irony is that once we do begin a safe and appropriate exercise regime, we start to feel better. This helps with improving motivation to rebalance our lives as a whole.
Hypnotherapy can help with weight control by altering thought patterns, increasing motivation anddealing with low mood and worry. Techniques to help improve sleep quality can also be taught quickly through the teaching of self-hypnosis. Once a patient begins to feel more determined, we can begin to help aid weight-loss with the use of direct suggestion in the trance state.
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