Working late into the night, reaching for a midnight snack is nothing out of the ordinary. However, popping open a jumbo bag of chips or pint of vanilla ice cream upon every stressful encounter can point to a deeper underlying problem.
When your life begins to revolve around food, it becomes a safety blanket that is difficult to shrug off. Yet, overcoming food addictions takes more than willpower—you’ll need to rewire your subconscious mind to support and release automatic cravings. One way of doing so is through food hypnotherapy.
How Hypnotherapy Can Eliminate Food Addiction
Hypnosis allows patients to access the subconscious, opening a direct line of communication between mind and body. Concerning one’s eating habits, food hypnosis empowers patients to become conscious of their cravings and re-teach the mind to approach them from a different perspective.
Through hypnotherapy, you can access finer points of improvement, such as:
- Mindful Eating
Overeating is a compulsion. More often than not, you won’t make a conscious effort to reflect upon how you’re feeling and how full you are in the moment. Through mindful eating, you can learn to differentiate between physical and emotional feelings of hunger.
- Breaking Habits
Habitual thinking is often reactionary and hostile. Rather than taking a step back to evaluate a situation, spiralling thinking patterns lead to stress eating. Through hypnosis, you can regain control of your thoughts and alleviate stressors through healthy habits.
- Addressing Underlying Conditions
Under the mask of food addiction is typically something more pressing—depression, anxiety, or self-loathing tendencies that you can access and address through hypnotherapy.
- Restoring Confidence
Without the confidence to realise you deserve better, it’s all too easy to continue enabling destructive habits. By practising self-love, making healthier lifestyle choices becomes second nature.
The Art of Aversion Therapy
Overindulgence in sweet, salty, and fatty foods can lead to obesity, a lack of energy, depression, or diabetes. You risk becoming less productive and more anxious, yet are compelled to continue feeding the habit.
Aversion hypnosis is a strategy that trains the mind to create negative associations with an unhealthy object while creating positive associations with the better option. A hypnotherapist might describe junk food as toxic to the body to achieve this mindset, and while most counsellors prefer that their clients focus on what they do want, it re-wires the body to stop viewing junk food as a reward.
Does Food Hypnosis Work?
Research relies heavily on weight loss, of which the results are clear, to determine the success of hypnosis for food addictions. Yes, food hypnosis does work! On average, patients who take up hypnotherapy for diet purposes lose 20% more weight than those who don’t. Through relaxation and guided imagery, patients can also enjoy long-term results.
The subconscious wants you to feel safe and protected. Thus, the salty and sugary snacks you consume when you’re feeling low fool the subconscious mind into believing it’s rewarding you. By talking directly with your subconscious through hypnotherapy, At Leeds Hypnotherapist, the right food hypnotherapist is ready and waiting to help alter unhealthy eating habits and form a positive self-image. Through a combination of hypnosis and coaching techniques, you can achieve your fitness goals with a fully