Obesity is fast becoming a modern day epidemic. 25% of women and 20% of men in the UK are now classified as obese. This compares with 1980 when only 8% of women and 6% of men were classified as obese.
Behind these statistics lie the true cost of this picture – the obsession with food, lack of self esteem and self worth and the growing health risks such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer; to name only a few.
All of this adds up to a desperate picture where people are on an never ending treadmill of diets – where food is not seen as a source of nourishment and something to be enjoyed – but instead becomes something to be feared, mistrusted, restricted and/or sometimes eaten in secret. In some cases this can lead to more serious disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
Restrictive diets can become the norm, with people continually in search of the one diet that will work for them … and if the diet does not work they feel that they are to blame. ‘I don’t have the willpower to stick to the diet’, ‘I get too hungry and can’t stick to the plan’, ‘I can’t give up chocolate (or biscuits, or wine …..)’, ‘Once I have one biscuit I end up finishing the packet!’
However, it is not the individual that is at fault, it is the idea that forcing our bodies to accept a regime that may prove to be unhealthy for us, that is flawed. The sad reality is that restrictive dieting has been proven not to work in the long term (see for example: Garner, David M & Wooley, Susan C, Clinical Psychology Review, Vol 11 pp.729-780, 1991). If these diets did work there would be no need for so many diets on the market promising the next quick fix. Unfortunately, research has also shown that dieters can end up putting back they weight that they have lost – plus a bit more as well just for good measure!
Continual dieting can have a devastating effect on the metabolism. When you eat less than you need for basic biological function your body slows down your metabolism to compensate; and starts to break down muscle tissue for energy.
Simply put, restrictive dieting does not address the real issues of why we gain weight in the first place.
At Gateway Hypnosis we believe that a holistic approach is best – an approach that works with both body and mind, using a blend of hynotherapy, counselling, coaching and emotional freedom techniques, designed to enable you to make peace with your body, restore balance and encourage weight loss in natural and automatic ways.
At Gateway Hypnosis we believe that there are four important steps to successful weight loss:
- Acceptance – that the causes of the problem are in your mind – your unconscious mind. You may have lost weight in the past using a lot of conscious effort, but as soon as you stopped dieting, you piled the pounds on again.
- Understanding – what the causes of your overeating are and why you eat when you are not physically hungry.
- Reprogramming – your unconscious mind so that you no longer eat to fill an emotional void and to enable you to feel a new sense of self worth capable of sustaining and appreciating a trim, healthy body.
- Creating – new and healthy ways of dealing with stress and emotional issues that do not involve anaesthetising yourself with food.
Research [Kirsch, 96] has shown that a person on a weight loss programme using hypnosis is able to lose double the amount of weight compared to a person without hypnosis – and is also more likely to keep the weight off.
If you are ready to make the change, hypnotherapy can help you regain control, lose weight and enjoy a healthy body.
[Kirsch, 96] (pdf) – Kirsch, Irving (1996), “Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive behavioural weight loss treatments – another meta-reanalysis”, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3) 517-519.
See a Case Illustration of Weight Loss Hypnotherapy/Counselling.