When suffering from overeating, your go-to solution might be regular trips to the gym or placing yourself on a strict diet. However, some can’t help reaching for their favourite snack after hours or an extra portion during mealtime and feel they’re out of options. Though an unusual method for combatting the unhealthy habit of overeating, food hypnosis has made recent headlines and demonstrated promising success.
Do You Have a Food Addiction?
The first step towards acknowledging your food addiction is to determine whether or not you have it in the first place. If you feel you might be experiencing an unhealthy relationship with food, consider the following symptoms.
- Pressure and Anxiety
If you’re upholding unrealistic beauty standards imposed by pop culture or peers, you may feel pressured to diet and instead turn to binge eating. The more you worry about how much your eating, the easier it is to turn to food for comfort.
- Unhealthy Eating Patterns
The more you become preoccupied with adhering to a strict weight loss diet, the easier it is to fall into the trap of restricting yourself, skipping meals, binge eating, and dieting in the form of a vicious cycle.
- Bad Habits
Though the types of eating disorders will vary, common symptoms will include eating too quickly, feeling compelled to eat or continuing to eat even when you’re full, hiding meals or eating in secret due to guilt, or eating when you aren’t hungry.
Hypnosis for Overeating: How it Works
If you’re sceptical of diet hypnosis, don’t worry—you aren’t the only one. However, studies have dictated that those who have received hypnotherapy for overeating showed greater improvement than 70% of clients who chose to forego the program. Listed below are the ways by which hypnotherapy can address your overeating problem.
- Mindful Eating
Most of the time, people will binge eat without giving it a second thought. Overeating is usually caused by compulsive behaviour, which can be alleviated by learning how to recognise your cravings. Understand how you feel when you’re full, and be fully aware of your actions. Through hypnotherapy, you can begin practising mindfulness to take note of how much you are eating and how often you’re doing so.
- Breaking Habits
Over time, binge eating can instil negative habitual thinking, plaguing sufferers of eating disorders with harmful thoughts. Cravings and stress can continue to trigger such thoughts, which can be alleviated through calming hypnosis. During a session, you’ll be encouraged to take control of destructive thoughts, a more positive habit that you can develop over a few sessions.
- Treating the Condition
Oftentimes, food addiction can be the result of another underlying condition such as anxiety or depression. By undergoing hypnotherapy, you can reinforce mental strength and work towards being more in control over your impulses.
- Resorting Confidence
Before overeating usually comes a lack of self-confidence, which is often promoted by reality television and unrealistic expectations from peers. With a food hypnotist, you can work towards acknowledging your greatest insecurities and how you can best overcome them.
Whether you’re suffering from a dangerous case of overeating or subjecting yourself to harmful beauty standards, undergoing hypnotherapy can help you address any underlying problems. Beyond a diet and exercise, hypnotherapy has proven to be just as effective a weight-loss method.
At The Leeds Hypnotherapist, we equip patients with the means to overcome deep-set fears and trauma by linking them up with experienced professionals and food hypnotists. If you live around Leeds and are looking to make a major change in your life, contact us for a session today!