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How Your Mind is Making You Fat

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We don’t generally see overweight animals, except perhaps those pampered pets who, on the whole, have the same issues with food as the humans who take care of them. This is because animals tend to eat to survive whereas we humans have so many other reasons to eat.

Eating has become a social thing for us, a celebration, a token of love and care, a reward in good times or a comfort in bad times. We meet with friends for a coffee and cake or with a partner for a ‘romantic dinner for two’. If you are trying to lose weight, these social occasions can be as hard as going to a party can be for an alcoholic. Temptation is there on the dessert trolley and the buffet table, the supersize takeaways and the all-you-can-eat spread. And the worst part about this is that you have been taught that it’s a waste of food to leave some on your plate, or that you need to stuff yourself to get your money’s worth.

There is the crux; if you are overweight it is most likely that you have been taught some bad habits such as:

Comfort Eating: which is often caused during childhood when an adult gives you a sweet or a biscuit to stop you crying when you are sad or hurt. This becomes any situation where you don’t feel good so that low self-esteem makes you turn to food and the excess weight causes you to feel even worse about yourself.

Boredom Eating: often when people tell you that they eat when they are’ bored’ it doesn’t actually mean that they haven’t got anything to do. Like children who say they are bored, it generally means that any of the things that they do have to do are not giving them the satisfaction they need. Often their lives are not satisfying; they may be doing a job they dislike, trying to be something that they feel the ‘should’ be (not every stay-at-home mother is suited to the job!), in short, they are not following their own Passions.

Eating Excessively: were you brought up to ‘clear your plate’ and ‘not waste food’? This becomes a deeply seated and unconscious habit. You may find yourself clearing other’s plates, especially the food your children have left unfinished. That ‘training’ switched off your natural ability to know when you have had enough. Or perhaps you pile more on your plate than you need because you feel envious of others who can eat more and not put weight on. This is often caused by feelings of not being ‘as good’, for instance, growing up being compared to someone else or being given less (not necessarily food, perhaps attention) than a sibling.

Eating Unconsciously: If you eat whilst doing something else, watching TV for instance, you eat more. Letting yourself to get too hungry may mean you ‘shovel’ food into your mouth not allowing you to smell, taste and savour the food.

These are just some of the ways your thinking can cause excess weight, and these issues have to be addressed if you ever hope to lose that excess for good. The problem is that these are subconscious reactions that probably became part of your programming in the first few years of life, either things that you saw or things you were told as a very young child. At a time before you had the ability to screen out information or decide the sense of it for yourself. This is a time when your brainwave activity is resonating in what is called Theta (4-7Hz), the same level of brainwaves that we use in hypnosis. In other words, up until around 7yrs old you are in a state of hypnosis, a state in which information is absorbed straight into the subconscious! What better way to override this auto-input than to use the same state to change it that was used to store it in the first place?

Slim girl on the beach

Feel Good – Lose Weight

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As summer comes in and we start to shed our winter wear, looking forward to summer holidays and the beach-body, is it any surprise that you start to think again about losing those extra pounds.

Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result and yet how many times do you go on another diet and expect to lose weight once and for all. Most of my clients, when they finally come to seek help, will be able to rattle off a long list of diets they have tried in the past, how many pounds they lost on it, and how much heavier they were a year later. Over the years their weight creeps up and up, but they are still sold on the idea that the next diet will work.

Perhaps this is our modern obsession for the instant result? I want it and I want it now? With fast food, 24hr shopping and the credit card we have become used to getting what we want immediately. Or perhaps that instant gratification is concealing a bigger problem, ‘in the moment’ it makes you feel good (never mind that you might regret it later).

With weightloss you need to be looking at the longer term, after all the weight didn’t go on overnight, in fact it crept on so slowly that you probably didn’t notice until you found you had to buy clothes in the next size up, or you saw yourself in your holiday snaps and didn’t like what you saw!

Long term weightloss is about small changes that, over time, make big differences: making better food choices, moving a little more, reducing portion sizes a little at a time.

Ongoing motivation is the reason most people don’t approach weightloss in that way. It is so motivating to lose a few pounds in a week or to have people notice you have lost weight but in the long term these forms of motivation don’t keep the weight off. If you manage to lose all your excess weight, people will notice, they’ll say how amazing you look…but after a while they’ll get used to it and stop commenting – and they certainly won’t comment when you start to put it back on again!

Having a healthy, fit, body is a pleasure that has to come from within. It is the joy of self-esteem, loving yourself enough to feel you’re worth it, feeling that the world, and especially those you love, will benefit from you having a longer, healthy life and that you don’t need ‘stuff’ to give you value. These intrinsic goals are scientifically shown to improve outcomes, above the goals of looking better or dropping a couple of dress sizes. At the end of the day, you spend more time in your body looking out than you do looking at yourself (even when you really like what you are looking at in the mirror!).

When you find that true self-esteem within you losing weight won’t just be about how you look, it will be about expressing the wonderful, unique person that you are with energy, health and vitality!

Diets Dont Work

Why Diets Don’t Work

By | health, Hypnosis, Uncategorized, Weight Loss | 5 Comments

They reckon that by the age of 45 the average woman has been on 61 diets and will spend 31years of her life on a diet of some kind. Men are not far off with an average of 28years dieting. So we’re all getting thinner, right?

Clearly not, as statistics show that 30% of the world’s population is overweight or obese and at current rates it will be 50% by 2030. So what does this tell us?

First and foremost it must tell us that, in the long term, diets don’t work!
When you diet, especially those ‘Lose 6lbs in a Week’ kind of diets, your body recognises that less food is being consumed and goes into ‘famine’ mode. It produces an enzyme called Lipoprotein Lipase which helps to store extra fat, to be used in emergency (imminent death). You are now a super-efficient fat-storage machine. Lipoprotein remains in the body for up to 3 months, even after the perceived famine (diet) is over. As soon as you start eating normally again, the body sends it all straight to storage, making you fatter than before! And then to top it all, the body, to preserve that store of fat, will start to use the lean mass (muscles & bone) as its fuel – so the diet seems to have worked because you lose weight.

Less muscle & bone means the body needs less calories to keep it going which means, as soon as you stop your diet, weight goes on quicker than before. This is why so many people who have dieted repeatedly find they are eating less and less but still putting on weight.

Added to this, the body has a natural balance that, over time, becomes a default position. In other words, if someone has been overweight for some years, the body then accepts this state as ‘normal’ and will do anything it can to hold this status quo. So that, when they diet, they lose weight to begin with, but then the body will start to regain its status quo by slowing the metabolism and holding on to every calorie it can.

It works like the central heating system in your home; you set the heating to 20°C and the house warms up to that temperature. If you then open all the windows, the temperature will drop initially, but then the boiler comes on and works hard to push the temperature back up to 20°C. If you then close all the windows and put a fire on, the boiler turns itself off, continuing to keep the house at that 20°C. The only way to reduce the temperature of the house is to actually turn the thermostat down.

Hypnosis and NLP can help you to switch the ‘thermostat’ down by allowing your mind to begin to see the ‘thinner you’ as the ‘default’. It also helps to speed up the metabolism, encourage that ‘full’ feeling sooner, motivate you to enjoy movement, remove emotional eating from your life, encourage healthier eating and reduce cravings for sugary foods. Adding hypnosis to your weight loss regime has been shown, in research, to increase weight loss by an average of 97% and even more importantly increased the effectiveness long term by over 146%!