Bad eating habits are a big cause of weight gain. Being as bad eating habits are ingrained in the subconscious, they can be very difficult to reverse. It is possible however to rewire our subconscious minds so that the body can learn healthier eating habits.
We all build habits into our lives to make life easier. Some habits are good, and some are bad. Whether good or bad, all habits are learned behaviours that eventually become ingrained deep in the subconscious.
Here is an example – when you are learning to drive, you have to take a lot of care and be cautious about everything you do. Checking your mirrors, indicating and using your brakes all require conscious thought and attention at first. After you drive more and more though, you no longer need to think about these actions and they become a subconscious habit.
This works the same for eating habits. If you began eating on the sofa regularly when you were younger, your subconscious would have learned that this behaviour is normal. Thus, from then on you would have a strong urge to eat every time you sit on the sofa.
The first step to reversing bad eating habits is to become aware of how habits work, and to identify the bad habits that you possess. When your try to change a habit, you will get a lot of resistance from your subconscious.
Here is an example – imagine if you met a new work colleague and they stretched out their arm to shake your hand. Now imagine that in response you simply looked at them but didn't stretch your hand out in return. That would feel rather strange wouldn't it? This would probably be the first time in your life that you have responded in this way, and therefore something wouldn't feel right.
So, if you have been eating junk food on your sofa for years, and suddenly one night you are sat on your sofa without any food at hand, it would feel rather strange. Your subconscious would be used to you eating when sat watching TV, so would give you the urge to go grab yourself some food
If you are aware of your bad habits, you can use hypnosis to communicate directly with the subconscious mind to let it know that it's OK for you not to eat junk food whilst you watch TV.
Because your bad habits are subconscious behaviour, you need to tackle them on a subconscious level. During hypnosis, the body goes into a deeply relaxed trance state where the subconscious mind becomes very open to suggestions.
It this state, your subconscious can be retrained and encouraged to find healthier and less harmful ways of satisfying your habits. Using hypnosis takes the anxiety and stress out of changing habits as it takes away the resistance you would naturally get from the subconscious mind.
Here is a short summary of what you need to know about changing bad habits:
- Bad habits are learned behaviours; the more you act them out, the more you reinforce them.
- The first step to reversing bad habits is to become aware of them- make them conscious rather than unconscious. You could perhaps list them on paper.
- Your subconscious will resist your attempts to reverse bad habits.
Hypnosis can help eliminate this resistance.