If you're reading this then you probably have a problem with comfort eating. Comfort eating is a short-term way of distracting ourselves from other stresses in life. Unfortunately though, comfort eating can become a dangerous behaviour pattern that can have bad effects on our health and cause us to pile on weight. Hypnosis is a form of therapy that has helped many people with comfort eating problems.
Comfort eating is perfectly normal. There's nothing wrong with eating some of your favourite foods to feel better. But when you make this a regular occurrence, it can be very destructive.
Why Do We Comfort Eat?
The reason you may comfort eat is because it has become a long-term habit. You may well have developed a comfort eating habit as a means of taking attention away from other stresses in your life. In some cases, comfort eating can arise simple from boredom.
Regardless of why you started comfort eating, the reason why it is so difficult to stop is because it has become a deep habit. The more and more you repeat this type of behaviour, the more it becomes a natural way for you to act.
Why Comfort Eating Is Bad for You
Comfort eating usually involves the intake of high levels of sugar and carbohydrates. An overdose in these nutrients does not get you into a good state of mind.
With huge fluctuations in blood sugar levels and the guilt that comes with overeating, you're most likely to experience negative emotions and mood swings. When you feel bad, it is much harder to make positive changes in your life.
To be able to make positive changes, you need to have a positive focus, which is hard to possess if you are filling your body with junk.
Hypnosis deals with the mental side of making positive life changes. It can help to reduce the noise of the negative voice inside your head and replace it with a more positive voice that virtually forces you to make positive changes.
Contrary to what you may have been made to believe through television and movies, hypnosis is perfectly safe and cannot make you act against your will. It cannot implant new ideas into your head; it can simply enhance the positive values you already have that may have been suppressed.
How it Works:
Hypnosis works by feeding positive hypnotic suggestions into your subconscious mind. These messages are designed to supplement your desirable values to empower you to improve your judgement.
It can help your subconscious to distinguish between what is good for you and what is bad for you. While this may be obvious to your conscious mind, when your subconscious believes otherwise, it can be very hard to break bad habits as the subconscious will resist your attempts to make changes.
This is why hypnosis has been so effective for so many people, because it makes changes on such a deep level. By re-programming your subconscious to believe that comfort eating is destructive, your natural urge to binge eat will subside.
Then as your eating habits gradually change, the thought of eating comfort food will make you feel bad. The old feelings of comfort you got from eating junk food will be replaced with negative feelings which propel you to avoid them.
- We comfort eat to avoid negative feelings like stress and boredom
- Repeated comfort eating turns into a natural habit
- The more you comfort eat, the more the subconscious accepts it as regular behaviour
- The more resistance to change you get from your subconscious, the harder it is to make positive changes
- Hypnosis can teach the subconscious to associate comfort eating with negativity rather than pleasure
- When the subconscious has been reprogrammed, there will be no resistance to making positive changes