Why People Overeat
Overeating usually fills a need, or at least is viewed as doing so. The possible needs, real or imaginary, are many. Some people overeat to compensate for an unpleasant experience. Others eat excessively to reward themselves, or possibly for self-entertainment. Some want to be noticed and may use a large body to offset a small ego. Eating is used to compensate for the lack of love, to offset fear, to overcome frustration, to deal with boredom, or sometimes even to avoid sex.
Programming for Success
A hypnotherapy program for weight reduction will involve several specific elements which are essential to the achievement of established objectives:
- Your self-esteem and confidence will be evaluated and fortified as necessary to achieve a positive outlook and the ability to visualize mentally the perfect, desired body structure, at the appropriate weight and with the physical modifications important to you
- Your attitude toward food, overeating and related satisfactions will be altered to reduce the conceived importance of food as it relates to feelings of well-being
- Your food interests and tastes will be modified to increase the desire for healthy foods with appropriate nutrition, and reduce the desire for foods high in fats and other harmful elements. Emphasis will be placed on such matters as quantity consumption, special tastes (sweet-tooth enjoyment) and negative calorie foods (wherein digestion requires more calorie-up than the total calories in the food consumed).
- Finally, programming will deal with such behavioural matters as establishing times, places and patterns for future eating, elimination of harmful habits, and positive reinforcement for relief of stress or anxiety factors or other causal elements which may require hypnotic desensitization.
It must be kept in mind that very slow reduction in weight is the safest procedure. Weight will and should come off very slowly ... perhaps two pounds per week on average.