Look within, understand why you are eating as you do, identify your real goals and you might make changes for a more healthy, vigorous, attractive you.
A Dateline NBC series was presented early in 2003 comparing the experiences of six people using different weight lose methods: the Atkins Diet, a personal coach, Weight Watchers, the low fat USDA food pyramid, Slim Fast and hypnosis.
Though pounds were lost by Rick using the Atkins Diet he was reportedly limping and suffering from a painful case of gout two weeks into the program. Eventually the gout was brought under control with medication and the help of Atkins, who began sending him daily “At Home” meals. Rick lost weight but on meds and with the personal attention of Atkins, it did not sound like fun to me.
Perhaps remarkable was Marc, a Boston pastry chef who selected the assistance of a hypnotist. At the latest weight-in Marc seemed to have experienced physical, mental and emotional ease in the process. It struck me that the success of the weight loss effort was perhaps more connected with the mental and emotional outlook of the individual rather than the actual weight loss method. Though Marc reported ease and satisfaction with his hypnosis weight management program, Rick also succeeded, persevering through painful gout, he achieved notable weight loss with Atkins. Aligning mind and spirit in weight management however, might be a lot more than right thinking or will power.
Imagine someone carrying a tray of glasses across the room when one falls off and breaks on the floor. Having broken one, imagine the person now dumping the entire try on the floor and saying, “Might as well break them all, I’ve broken one already”. Pretty weird but that’s exactly what happens to many people when they have a no-no and slip off the diet wagon. Rather than stopping and climbing back on the wagon, they do the equivalent of, “Hey, might as well break them all” and devour the entire table; sound familiar?
I don’t mean to imply that everyone who wants to lose a few pounds has emotional issues needing a counselor’s couch but if you are perhaps more a lot above your appropriate body weight there may be issues occurring that will power and wishful thinking alone may not fix. Furthermore, the real difficulty with “dieting” is how do you stop if the root issue is emotionally driven? Unless the emotions are clearly aliened in a weight management, note that I didn’t say dieting, the process might be rooted in feelings of self-denial, deprivation and anger; not a good combination for the foundation of any effort.
Hypnosis weight management wishes to assist one to look within, to understand why they’re selecting what they’re eating, help them to identify their real goals so that change might place. If you had seen the Dateline story, you would may have noticed that Chef Marc realized that being slim and fit were more important than eating, self-satisfaction and life fulfillment was no longer in his stomach, it was in feeling lighter, fitter and more attractive. Weight for Marc was simply a reflection of a part of his life that was out of control, mastering his eating was regaining control of his life.*
Weight management hypnosis might utilize a four-phase process and begins with a realistic understanding of hypnosis, demystifying erroneous perceptions and beliefs. The next step seeks to assist the client in learning self-hypnosis so they might form new ways of achieving satisfactions previously obtained through eating. The hypnotist is simply a motivational guide, kind of like a limo driver, the passenger tells the chauffeur where they wish to go and rests back, watching the scenery, daydreaming in an internal dialogue. Third step seeks to provide the client with techniques for ongoing motivation, through audiotapes and post hypnotic suggestions. The final phase is follow up, meeting with the client to attempt to access the results and refine the process.*
Hypnosis is not magic; it’s really quite simple, maybe a state of mind we bring ourselves to whenever we go to the movies and let ourselves be captured by the story on the screen. Whenever we drift away in music, with a good book or drive by our exit on the highway, we allow our creative, subconscious mind to take over for a moment, abdicating thinking from the more deliberative, comparative, analytical part of the mind.
Call it yoga, meditation, acupuncture or hypnosis; maybe it’s really about balancing the mind within the body?