Would you like to feel more in control of what you eat? Maybe you would like to shed a few pounds or perhaps you need to put on a bit of weight?
Either way, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy could help. Understanding what it is that drives your appetite can help you to gain control. Our primitive ancestors were programmed to feast when food was plentiful but also to fast when food was in short supply. Our primitive or subconscious minds are programmed in this same way and, given the easy access to food for most of us in these modern times, temptation to feast is all around.
Most of us know, in our conscious, intellectual minds what we should be eating, we know what is healthy and what is not, so when we’re operating from this part of our brain, eating sensibly tends to be easier. However, the subconscious or primitive part of our brain could be working against us, encouraging us to eat while we can. We know that the more stressed and anxious we are, the more control our subconscious mind has over our thoughts and emotions. So, by working together to reduce anxiety and increase your self-confidence we will minimise your emotional responses to food. Helping you towards a more positive frame of mind, and defining small achievable goals, will enable you to establish more sensible eating patterns and increase your sense of well-being and self-confidence. There is no quick fix but we will work together to help you to achieve your goal.
Research has shown that using hypnotherapy to reduce stress can have a greater long-term effect on weight loss than following dietary advice alone:
Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off. Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis.
Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended. [University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.]