More than 60% of men and women in the UK are overweight. While this isn't always a result of overeating, it is a common cause. The effects of overeating can be distressing and in cases of severe obesity can drastically affect daily performance and lifestyle.
Weight control is about making long-term changes to your diet and physical activity, leading to a steady and safe rate of weight loss. Poor dietary behaviour is usually due to lack of knowledge of the relationships between food, exercise and other personal and environmental issues. Every individual differs in their ideal weight, the speed of their of their metabolism and digestive effectiveness, so professional help is often needed. The benefits of being a healthy weight are many, including:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced risk of serious illness
- Increased confidence in emotional and physical abilities
- Improved life-expectancy
Many of the usual approaches to weight control don't work, for various reasons:
- Fad diets can starve the body, slowing down metabolism to extreme degrees, so reducing its function. This leads to a reduction in the burning of calories, which means more calories are stored, so causing further problems.
- Drastic exercise regimes and diets that result in rapid weight loss rarely work, because these lifestyle changes are unlikely to be maintained.
- Creating rules about what to eat and when simply
- Banning certain foods simply creates a stronger desire for it.
It is not unusual for overweight people to feel that they don't actually eat much. This can be for a variety of reasons:
- Hidden or guilty eating
- Eating children's leftovers
- Drinking alcohol
- Snacking with alcohol
- Excessive worry about health and hygiene
- Eating very quickly in an almost trance-like state
If you want help with weight control, your doctor will provide initial help and advice, but if there are no underlying medical issues, it may be agreed to use hypnotherapy.
When people seek hypnotherapy, they will often be distraught, having tried many other options. They may feel like a failure, as nothing has worked before.
In hypnotherapy, the specific emotions or contexts that initiate overeating will first be identified. Then your therapist will work with you to set realistic short and long-term goals, helping you to develop successful weight control, through learning to understand when your body is full or hungry, and when to stop eating. It's important to note that hypnotherapy treatment for weight control cannot be used in conjunction with diet systems or fad diets, as the approaches are contradictory.
There are some general principles that are useful in maintaining a sensible weight:
- Enjoy food, but know more about what you eat
- Keep a food diary
- Choose healthier snacks
- Take regular exercise, even just one extra walk a day
- Allow yourself the occasional treat, but make sure it stays occasional
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