It’s time to recognise obesity as a medical condition and Hypnotherapy could be the most effective treatment, says Diana Powley, leading Clinical Hypnotherapist
It is estimated that treating obesity-related diseases costs the NHS over £1billion a year.
Most people have emotional weight issues and if you separate the emotions from food, sometimes that’s all it takes. There are three different types of eaters. These types are emotional eaters, subconscious eaters and conditioned eaters. An emotional eater eats food because of emotions such as stress, frustration, worry, loneliness, boredom, pain, as a reward, as a punishment, to fill a relationship void. Over 70% of all weight-related issues are based on repressed emotions or frustrations.
The next type of eater is a subconscious eater who eats food and does not even know how much they’re eating. These subconscious eaters may eat a whole tub of ice cream or big box of popcorn while watching a film or snacking on a whole bag of crisps, watching TV, or maybe ‘grazing’ throughout the day at work, without even being aware that they’re doing it. The operation is subconscious, not conscious.
The third type of eater is a conditioned eater who was programmed from early childhood to finish everything on their plate because people are ‘starving in other countries’. In the past, some people had difficulty acquiring food and food was scarce, so these parents made their children feel guilty if they left food over, or even insisted on their children remain at the dinner table until every piece of food on their plate was eaten. This type of eater feels guilty if they leave any food over on their plate.
Hypnosis and weight management
Hypnotherapy is now regularly used in medicine, dentistry, childbirth, law enforcement, professional sports and education.
Hypnosis makes weight management easy. Thousands of people have reached their ideal weight, without feeling deprived or miserable through Hypnotherapy. More importantly they have developed new healthy habits for eating, drinking and exercise which ensure that the weight stays off permanently.
How does hypnosis work?
Our minds work on two levels; the conscious and unconscious.
We make decisions, think and act with our conscious mind. The unconscious mind controls our habits. In the relaxed state known as hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the unconscious mind. This is why it is so quick and easy to change the habits of a lifetime.
Hypnosis is completely safe. You are in control the whole time and you will hear and remember everything. It is simply an extremely powerful way of getting your mind to do what you already want it to do.
Will hypnosis work for everyone?
Virtually everyone of average intelligence can be hypnotised if they want to be. The client simply needs to be sober and clear of drugs during the session.
Most people can’t tell the difference between being hypnotised and being relaxed. Some experience a feeling of lethargy or lightness. The one thing that people do notice is an inexplicable change in their daily behaviour subsequently.
Why does Hypnotherapy succeed where other methods fail?
Hypnotherapy is a very effective approach to resolve anxiety and stress connected with eating habits, which many other methods, including many diets, do not address. It enables you to change the way you think and feel about food, drink and exercise – permanently.
It can help us reduce the need to prescribe expensive drugs, or for patients to pursue drastic physical procedures such as gastric bands which do not address the underlying emotional eating habits.
So what is involved?
A typical hypnotherapy programme ensures success through 4-6 sessions. These sessions combine the latest techniques incorporating hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and nutritional advice.
The initial session usually lasts approximately 1½ hours, including a comprehensive lifestyle consultation, dietary advice and your initial hypnotherapy session. We discuss your particular eating habits that you would like to change, why you feel that you overeat, and what you would like to replace this with in your life, for example, drinking more water, eating more fruit, salads and vegetables. Perhaps you would like to cut out chocolate and sweets. Perhaps you would like to exercise more. This will all then be incorporated into your personalised programme.
The way forward
The challenge is clear and the facts are frightening. Obesity has become an ‘epidemic’ problem in our society, affecting all generations. Perhaps the most worrying thing is that is if we do not look at broadening the ways in which we tackle obesity, being overweight, deeply unhappy and unhealthy will become the norm for our younger generations. Hypnotherapy provides a swift, safe and sympathetic solution to obesity and the emotions and habits that give rise to it.
Diana Powley is a leading Neuro-Linguistic Programming Hypnotherapist. She is founder of Habitbreakers, a UK-wide organisation of professional NLP Hypnotherapists specialising in smoking cessation, weight management, fears, phobias and other negative habits – www.dunehypnotherapy.co.uk