Why Diets Set You Up to Fail - And How Hypnosis Can Help!
By Russel Brownlee
Have you just about had it with those endless diets and joyless, kilojoule-stripped mini-meals that cause you to lose weight for a while, only to put it all back on again? If you're like millions of other people who struggle with weight loss, you've probably tried every diet under the sun. But as the scale painfully reflects your lack of progress once again, you're forced to the conclusion that it's all your fault -- If only you had more willpower, more discipline, if only you weren't so weak! Sound familiar? Well if it does, take heart -- because the truth of the matter is that losing weight is really not all about discipline and willpower at all.
The truth about dieting and willpower
The more you try not to do something, the more you actually end up doing it. Hypnotherapists even have a name for this -- they call it the Law of Reverse Effect. If someone tells you not to think of a purple elephant, what image pops into your mind? That's right -- a purple elephant. If you focus all your willpower and discipline on not eating, all you're doing is pressing the Eat! button in your subconscious mind. What one has to do instead is find out what motivates you at a very deep level to eat inappropriately or to store more fat than the body actually requires. That's where hypnosis comes in.
How hypnosis can help you lose weight
The problem with diets is that they don't change the underlying pattern, the true motivations for your eating or storing fat. So a hypnotherapist is going to spend some time with you uncovering the inner reasons for your weight gain and helping you find solutions that are acceptable to you. Your therapist will probably follow these steps:
- Find out if there is a hidden reason for the weight gain Your weight gain could stem from a forgotten incident from early childhood. Kids are incredibly suggestible -- so a comment from an adult about your weight or some early conflict over eating could easily program your subconscious mind to make you put on weight.
- Work on improving your self-esteemMost people with weight issues have some degree of negative self-perception. You probably imagine that when you are thin you will finally be happy. But your therapist knows that in order for you to be thinner, you must first discover your own happiness.
- Find out what types of food your body really wantsYour subconscious mind will always cause you to reject a diet that is forced on you, so your therapist will help you find an eating plan that your body and mind will accept. When you're enjoying the empowering effects of hypnotic relaxation you will be aware of the foods and portion sizes that your body really needs.
- Reprogram the subconscious to enjoy small meals
In the last step, your therapist will help you visualize and imagine yourself eating the foods that are just right for you and in just the right amounts. This visualization will help to change your actual neural pathways so your body is rewired to accept different eating habits.
So how do you feel after reading this? More hopeful? Great! So give yourself a break and find a sympathetic therapist who will use the power of hypnosis to help you lose weight and gain a healthy self-image.
Russel Brownlee is a hypnotherapist working in Cape Town, South Africa. For more articles visit http://www.inspiredcoaching.co.za
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