If you've arrived at this page because you seem to have spent most of your life dieting, only to find that after a while you've gained back the weight you lost and some extra pounds, then you can take comfort in realising that you are not alone
One of the problems with diets in that they require ongoing constant determination and monitoring, and as such many people who have trouble managing their weight feel like they are constantly fighting their eating habits.
Being told constantly about healthy food choices, portion size, food addiction, nervous eating, cravings, binges and the latest diet plan, doesn't actually help, and in many cases can have the reverse effect, causing you to think constantly about food.
But maybe of more importance is that this endless cycle, which can feel like a war at times, can add stress into our lives, and for people who comfort eat this stress adds to the burden of life.
What I offer is based on some the simple observation that dieting does work, but only in the short term. For many people, once the target weight has been reached, they ease off dieting and go back to eating normally and it's then that you may start to add in that extra biscuit with your tea or coffee, and that's part of the problem, as what they were eating before wasn't normal. It's those little extras that pile on the pounds and stones again.
Is it a habit or is it compulsive emotional eating?
A couple of innocent biscuits can add up to 200 calories. Those 200 calories, if maintained every day, can add up to one and a half stone of extra fat over 12 months.
This is an example of a habit, where we do something at certain times of the day and with certain people in certain situations.
But sometimes habits run much deeper than those extra couple of biscuits and have become compulsive or emotional eating. It feeds something inside of us and generally it's something that's missing and so no amount of food is ever going to fill that emotional craving or hunger.
To find out more, call me on 01772 499046 or "email me by clicking here".
Losing weight for many isn't hard, but keeping it off is a different story!
You may have successfully reduced your weight in the past and that may have been for a month, a year or longer. But something triggered that eating habit, something inside of you said its time to eat again.
Often it can be small simple thing such as having a bad day at work and seeking comfort in the crisps, biscuits, wine or any other treat that will make you feel better.
Dieting alone will usually end in failure for most people as there are many other factors to be taken into consideration, and from my experience, dieting can leave people feeling sad and miserable, which then fuels the emotional eating urge. Therefore learning to recognise and working with your emotional triggers is the first step.
What if lifestyle and stress are a bigger factor than you imagine in holding onto fat?
Stress and anxiety exist at some point in most peoples lives. At times of stress and anxiety, our bodies can go into fight or flight mode and when it does our bodies produce cortisol and other hormones.
These hormones re great for dealing with what's at hand, but if cortisol is too high for too long, it can increase the amount of fat you hold in your belly.
So part of the process is to teach you some skills to work with your body to release the pressure that stress can create. Because large part of getting rid of cortisol fat is managing your stress levels.
With constant overeating, food may not be the issue
In most cases food itself is never really the issue, it can be simply old engrained habits and thoughts, or it can be a misguided distracter, sometimes known as emotional or comfort eating, where food covers up emotional issues and feelings.
The trouble is that no amount of food is going to satisfy any emotional emptiness or hidden emotional issues.
People use food for comfort, and to say that implies there is something that a person is uncomfortable about, or that there is an emotional element to eating. Sadly, diets, exercise and pills all ignore this important deep emotional component.
None of us were born with the desire to overeat, if you watch a baby feeding on a bottle or being fed, it knows when its full, and if you try and feed it more food, it will spit it out.
As we grow up we can become conditioned to having food used as a reward or as a punishment, or being made to feel guilty for not cleaning our plates.
Eventually, this behaviour overrides our natural internal voice that tells us when we are full, and as such we can gorge or overeat, unknowingly.
Hypnotherapy gets to the root cause of the emotional and comfort eating
Changing how you feel about yourself and working with the emotions that are driving the eating habit are the keys to success, and as such the we will work together to help you address:
- Emotional eating - "No matter how much I eat, I never feel full or satisfied"
- Unconscious eating - "I thought we had more biscuits than this"
- Body image - "I feel fat and unattractive and I can't remember never feeling this way"
When these emotional drivers are addressed at a subconscious level, you can regain control which allows you to achieve natural weight loss. As a result, proper nutrition and exercise can become a matter of simple choice rather than a constant internal struggle.
Regression to cause Hypnotherapy will help by identifying and releasing the underline emotional issues that are the cause of the overeating or self medicate with food. So instead of relying on dieting and slimming programs alone, we can work together to change how you feel about you.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required varies from person to person. There's a misconception that weight loss hypnosis is a magical one off cure! There is no magic cure stopping binge eating. It's a process of clearing the emotional drivers and then the need to overeat can go.
To find out more about the process have a look at the what to expect tab on the top menu. For many people the problems and challenges around eating can be overcome within 3 to 5 sessions every 1 or 2 weeks, while sometimes it requires a little longer.
What's the cost per session?
The cost per session is £60, with each session lasting around 2 hours.
How can I pay for treatment?
Payment is per session and can be paid in cash, debit card, Visa or MasterCard at the end of each session.
I've had enough of dieting and want to break the dieting cycle and find out how to stop emotional and compulsive binge eating, what's the next step?
If you're ready to stop the yo-yo diet weight gain cycle. Call me on 01772 499046 or email me by clicking here.