Media constantly bombards people, particularly women with conflicting messages of staying thin in order to be beautiful, with the ever-present, visually pleasing food ads. How does a person stay at a healthy weight? Or even permanently lose weight in a healthy way? And how do feelings fit in with weight management? If you eat when you are bored, lonely, happy, sad, stressed, hurt, guilty, depressed or a number of other feelings, you can understand how food and feelings affect your weight. Some people even consider food their “drug of choice—using it to sooth their feelings.”
Recently the Chicago Hypnosis Center offered a free seminar, “Eliminate Emotional Eating” to a group of women who learned about “Feelings: What They Do Mean and How to satisfy them.” Their biggest “light-bulb concept was that they had to “break the unconscious chain of eating.” Meaning that a person could suddenly be overwhelmed by a feeling, and automatically start to eat the next food they come into contact with – whether or not they were even hungry. They learned that step one is to name a feeling and how to actually stop and think, “What am I feeling? Why am I feeling this way? For example, “I’m angry!”
Step two is to identify what it means. “Feeling angry,” indicates that “what just happened is not fair!” (This can contribute to other related feelings like frustration and anxiety.)
Step three is to plan a satisfying response. This could translate into non-food messages of becoming assertive; looking at an issue from a larger, less personal perspective. In other words, “make it fair.”
The group discussion completed the free seminar by learning the basics of the “Emotional Freedom Technique,” which uses different physical modalities such as tapping, humming, mini-massage and stretches.
At the end of the 90-minute class, all participants agreed that they felt more relaxed and less stressed – both important considerations when adopting healthier lifestyle habits. Losing weight and keeping it off permanently is easier than you think.
We welcome any questions regarding how hypnosis can help you lose weight and keep it off. The truth is this: with the right tools, you can reach a healthy, comfortable weight – and stay at that weight. If you would like to find out about how hypnosis can help you to lose weight and keep it off, please visit http://chicagohypnosiscenter.com/ for more information.
Karen Hand is a Master Hypnotist and National Guild of Hypnotists Certified Instructor. She has studied with leading hypnotists throughout the country and is certified to perform and teach various techniques. Karen specializes in pain management, smoking cessation, fear release, and stress reduction. She also teaches the art of hypnosis in classes scheduled throughout the year.