We all know the feeling. We finish off the last of the Christmas chocolate, drink…
Why can’t I lose weight? Have you tried every diet without making any real change to your weight? Are you a yo-yo dieter dropping weight only to put it all back on again?
Battling With Weight
The constant battle over losing weight can cause frustration and is hopeless for many. In addition, controlling weight and our relationship with food becomes a stress on our daily lives. It can make us feel guilty and miserable.
Are you becoming obsessed with weight loss? If so, let’s look at the real reasons why you’re unable to lose weight.
Stress Related Weight Gain
Firstly, overeating is often a symptom of a stressful lifestyle. Stress activates your adrenal glands to release cortisol. This unfortunately increases your appetite and, in addition, impedes the hormones that regulate your appetite so you don’t feel that full sensation.
If you’re stressed, you could be overeating without realising it. Evidence suggests that when people are stressed they are less likely to have the willpower to make healthy food choices. This is because our brains are unable to devote resources to both. So seeking treatment for stress could help you lose weight more easily.
Many of us develop unhealthy relationships with food. Are you relying on it for comfort, love and happiness? Perhaps you’re not getting this satisfaction from other areas of your life. Moreover, to improve weight loss these negative associations need to be unwound. As well as new habits put in place.
Anxiety and Weight
Are you suffering with anxiety? If so, you may be eating to calm yourself. Studies have shown that people with anxiety sometimes having higher insulin responses after eating, leading to weight gain. When we feel out of control or overwhelmed we can turn to food as a means of comfort. It might be worth looking further into Generalised Anxiety Disorder Treatment,
Sleep and Weight Loss
Research has shown that a good night’s sleep aids weight loss and healthy eating habits. When we are tired we tend to overeat and choose foods higher in fat and sugar. If you’re suffering with insomnia or sleep disorders, it could be having a negative effect on your diet efforts.
Many of us gain significant amounts of weight in long term relationships. Is your relationship struggling and you’re eating to compensate? Or is your relationship happy but the main activity you share together is eating? It can help to reconnect with your partner through couples therapy and find new, healthy activities to enjoy together.
Keeping an honest food diary can be a good way of maintaining a healthy weight. Many of us are in denial about the amount we truly eat. Now is the time to face up to our real habits. This ‘secret eating’ response allows you to lie to yourself Possibly, the mind’s way of protecting you from a truth it knows you won’t like.
Guilt and Weight
Dieting can be challenging and small failures lead to guilt and self-criticism. However, positive reinforcement rather than negative punishment leading to long term success.
For some, eating is an addiction and willpower alone is not enough to fight it. Proper addiction treatment that gets to the cause of the issue is much more effective.
Self Esteem and Weight
Low self-esteem can be crippling and prevent us doing things to really make us happy. If we’re lacking the confidence to go out and enjoy ourselves, we often turn to food for comfort. This is a vicious cycle – feeling less happy about our weight, but eating more to make ourselves feel better.
A healthy boost of confidence from an hypnotherapy session could help you get out there and enjoy life without excess food.
Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss
My weight loss hypnosis can help you get to the bottom of your relationship with food. As well as making real, positive, long-term changes. You won’t need to count calories, stress about food choices or punish yourself anymore. Instead, you will find that your desire for food and your associations with it are permanently changed. In short allowing you to enjoy everything in moderation.
In conclusion, if another factor is influencing your weight gain, dealing with that directly will give you better results than dieting. I can help you get to the bottom of any issues using hypnotherapy and life coaching.