Do you feel like you’ve tried every diet going without making any real change to your weight? Are you a yo-yo dieter who drops weight only to put it all back on again the next month?
The constant battle to lose weight can be frustrating, difficult and hopeless for many. The friction between our happiness, our weight, and our relationship with food becomes an overwhelming stress on our daily lives, making us feel guilty and miserable.
If you feel like you’re becoming obsessed with the number on the scales, take a look at some of these real reasons why you may be unable to shift those pounds.
Overeating is often a symptom of a stressful lifestyle. Stress activates your adrenal glands to release cortisol which can increase appetite. It can also impede 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. There is evidence to suggest that when people are experiencing stress they are less likely to have the willpower to make healthy food choices as our brains are unable to devote resources to both. If you deal with the stress, you could lose weight much more easily.
- Comfort Eating
Many of us develop unhealthy relationships with food, relying on it for comfort, love and happiness if we don’t get this satisfaction from other areas of our lives. These negative associations and habits need to be carefully unwound and new associations put in place.
If you suffer with anxiety you may be eating to calm yourself. Studies have shown that people with anxiety sometimes have higher insulin responses after eating high fat meals which can lead to weight gain. When we feel out of control or overwhelmed we often turn to food as a comfort.
There is a lot of research to show 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 suffer with insomnia, it could be severely derailing your diet efforts.
Many of us gain significant amounts of weight in long term relationships. Perhaps the relationship is struggling and you’re eating to compensate, or the relationship is happy but the main activity you share together is eating. It can help to reconnect with your partner 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 and might need help to face up to our real habits. This ‘secret eating’ response even allows us to lie to ourselves – possibly the mind’s way of protecting you from a truth it knows you won’t like.
Dieting can be hard on us and small failures can lead to feelings of guilt and self-chastising. We need to learn to teach ourselves with positive reinforcement rather than negative punishment as this leads to much longer 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
Low self-esteem can be crippling and prevent us doing things to really make us happy. If we lack the confidence to go out and enjoy ourselves, we often turn to food for comfort. This is a vicious cycle as we become less and less happy about our weight, but eat more to make ourselves feel better.
A healthy boost of confidence from a hypnotherapy session could help you get out there and enjoy life without excess food.
Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss
My hypnotherapy for weight loss can help you get to the bottom of your relationship with food and make 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 for the better allowing you to enjoy everything in moderation.
If another factor is influencing your weight gain such as those mentioned above, dealing with that directly will always give you better results than dieting. I can help you get to the bottom of any issues using hypnotherapy and Life Coaching.
Please do get in touch to learn more about how I can help you.