Your weight-loss journey starts in your brain
Your weight loss journey starts in your brain
Western society has this particular reputation, the qualification in the eyes of the rest of the world: we are fast-paced, we want immediate results, we have to be quick, impatient.
We want to loose weight now, we want to be fit now, we want it to be fast, easy, without having to put any work into it.
Big corporations have understood that for a long time and have been using it to their advantage. How much money have you given to those companies who sold you a prepared meal plan for thousands of dollars? Or, who sold you those pills that would cut your appetite or burn fat instantly? And how long did it actually last? Was it really sustainable? How did you feel knowing that you didn’t have to have any control over yourself as long as you followed, brainlessly, exactly what has been sold to you? How about saving your money, and work on being exactly that way, in control, naturally, being able to eat what you desire without feeling guilty, with flexibility, without deprivation, for the rest of your life?
Let’s start by understanding the two main principles of weight loss. Overeating is the number one reason why even healthy people gain weight, even if they eat the right food at the right time and exercise enough. It doesn’t matter what you eat, if you give your body more food than it needs it will store it as fat.
Even if it’ only a bunch of celeries, too many celeries is still too many celeries.
All these years, we have been trained wrong. We have been trained to finish our plate; we have been trained to eat at certain times. Sure, it was more convenient then to eat on schedule, when we were a child, at school, with parents going to work, but now that you are an adult:
It’s time to start listening to your body again and let your body self-regulate and eat only when you are hungry.
If another habit of yours is eating out of distraction, per example in front of the TV, or because everyone else is eating, because you are afraid to be hungry later, or because of social pressure, then it’s time to changed those behaviors and eating habits.
Perhaps you may also be succumbing to emotional eating. Emotional eating is eating for pleasure, to try to satisfy or distract from a feeling with food, like feeling bored, lonely, angry, sad, or stressed, and reaching for food to try to generate good feelings. Emotional eating is the get-to for a lot of people in a way to handling their feelings because it’s the easiest, most short-term reachable solution for the brain to feel a mini bit of satisfaction. Think about it the opposite way, what if you were hungry and to satisfy that feeling, you would start crying? It wouldn’t really satisfy your hunger, wouldn’t it? eating should be the response to hunger and to nothing else. Emotional eating will lead you to overeat.
So what if every time you had a feeling, you would focus on your emotions and know how to deal with them?
Instead of reaching for ice cream, then maybe you would just go lay down for a few minutes, or it would be making deep breaths, doing self-hypnosis, doing yoga, going for a run, doing another activity, clear your mind, and heart.
It would be easy to not gain an extra pound in that case, wouldn’t it? You’ll just know and do what you need to do to satisfy that feeling. You would not be thinking about food to satisfy your feelings and it would just be natural.
Most of us know what we should eat, what we should do to be and stay healthy. Yet, that doesn’t mean it gets applied. Our conscious mind knows all those things, but it just too limited to make changes on its own. Transformation must really happen in the subconscious mind, where our feelings, habits, and beliefs reside, so if the subconscious mind wasn’t programmed that way, you’ll need a lot of time and work.
What is great about hypnosis, is it’s able to bypass the conscious mind and tap directly into the subconscious mind, where we can focus on your behaviors and eating habits. Get to the root of the issue and remove emotional block, then reprogram the subconscious mind for healthier habits and emotional response. Being in a state of hypnosis is being able to tap directly into the subconscious mind, every insight happens in the center of deep knowledge. We are programming yourself for only eating when you’re actually hungry and feeling good about it.
If you always turn out for food to feel good, you are going to have a weight problem. This is why you have to find something else to do and reprogram your brain to reach out to those other things instead of eating. It’s not going to happen overnight, it will take dedication and work to rewire your coping mechanism, but like everything, human being do better with practice and as you condition your brain to use others fulfilling behaviors that are not eating, it will eventually just naturally become the new normal.
Here are a few tips:
#1: eat when you only actually feel hungry
Listen to your natural instinct: Eat when you feel hungry and stop eating when that sensation is gone. If you are not feeling hungry, don’t eat. It’s not about feeling full, it’s about taking a moment at every bite to assess if the feeling of hunger is gone. Even if that means leaving a half spoonful in your plate.
Listen to your body, it will tell you when to eat in the day. Stop using your conscious mind to tell you when to eat. Feel the need to eat, your body will give you the signal. If you forgot how hunger feels, for you, give it a little test one day to remind you how it’s supposed to feel.
#2: Find alternatives to generate good feelings
Make a list of things you like to do, a project you may undertake, things you can turn to instead of eating. Sometimes all our brain need is a little break from what we are doing, and instead of walking to the kitchen, you can do those things. You may also have to sit with the uncomfortable feelings for a little bit. The more you take the time to do that every time a feeling arises, the more you’ll be able to satisfy those feelings in your life without having to use a distractor.
What does your hypnotherapist do to help with weight loss?
We use hypnosis to help you get in touch with your feelings, to give you clarity and insight on how to achieve and sustain your end goals effortlessly. We get to the root of the issues, identify the underlying root cause, reveal and release what has been blocking you from achieving your weight loss. It helps you resolve any internal conflicts you may had that lead you to emotional eating. You have a ton of creative resources available in your subconscious mind so it’s easier to get them unrevealed while in hypnosis to work through those conflicts. We give your conscience mind guidance on how to accomplish the next steps and provide you with a set of tools to help you in your long-lasting journey of reaching and keeping your healthy weight forever.