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Hypnosis to help with weight issues  

Maintaining a healthy weight that you feel comfortable with can be very difficult. The fact is, you know what you should be eating and should not be eating, but it is hard to make the right choices with will-power alone. Many of us treat or reward ourselves with foods that we know contain high levels of sugar. Supermarkets don’t help,  as they bulk out many foodstuffs with fructose or sugar – even healthy foods such as low fat yogurt!

It’s a fact, that many of us eat for the wrong reasons.  Whereas what we should be doing is listening to our body and eating when we are hungry.

Did you know that 90% of people newly diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetic are over weight? Type 2 Diabetes is not a fixed condition. You can change your body’s response to insulin by changing what you eat and taking exercise.  You might find this website will motivate you to lose weight. www.diabetes.co.uk/Diabetes-and-weight-Loss.html

You may be taking medication that is contributing to your weight gain or your weight loss, you may work in an environment where food is constantly available, you may have to prepare food for your family which is not the food that you would choose to eat.

When eating becomes the primary way of dealing with difficult and uncomfortable feelings it can be easy to lose touch with what our body is telling us i.e. the physical symptoms of hunger. Consequently, when eating is triggered by the mind and not the body, weight problems usually develop.

In extreme cases people can become so fearful of food and perceived weight gain that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia can develop which seriously affect long term health and well-being. If you think you may suffer from anorexia or bulimia please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Anorexia-nervosa

Firstly,  I will take a case history.  Secondly, I will establish how you feel about yourself and how you feel about food. People are individuals and everyone has their own set of motivations. This means that one person might over-eat to reward themselves and another person might over-eat to punish themselves. Additionally,  someone else might eat because they are bored. It is not always easy to understand our own behaviour. This is where therapy can provide tremendous insight. Thirdly, I will use cognitive behavioural therapy techniques with inductions, metaphors, NLP techniques, hypnotic suggestion and post-hypnotic suggestions to give you the control you need over the food that you eat. Successfully losing weight or successfully gaining weight requires a level of motivation from you and there is usually some work for you to do at home in the intervening week!

Hypnotherapy can help you to change the way that you think about food and change how you feel and look. It is worth knowing that eating problems are often linked to issues of control and self-esteem and hypnotherapy can be highly effective in building self-esteem.