Every year some new diets comes on the market telling us it will succeed where others have failed. Indeed some of them even work. For awhile. Then after a few months the bathroom scales starts creeping in the wrong direction again. What has gone wrong? Well, the biggest reason diets fail is that they focus on FOOD and food is not the issue. It’s true, food is not the bottom line source of the problem. The problems lies in how we are feelings. What makes you sit munching a large bar of choc in front of the TV or heading back to the fridge for more when you have had your dinner only 30 minutes ago? Until you solve the problem at that level you are never going to get very far with the diets, you can try them all, you may well have done so already. The root cause is not the food itself but the emotions we attach to food.
Let’s have a general look at the history to see where the problem may have arisen from. (This is described in more detail in an E-book by Dr Carol Look called The Key to successful weight loss). Overeating, it seems may stem from the simple fact that the way we live is evolving faster than our bodies. Once upon a time hunger was a signal to our body to go off in search of food, this could mean a 3 hour plus wait before you actually started tucking into your leg of boar. Today, in the developed world food is available immediately. However, in evolutionary terms not that long ago, when food was in short supply our very survival was under threat. Lack of food sent a signal saying our life was under threat RELEASE ADRENALIN – SAVE YOURSELF. A full stomach was a feeling of safety, comfort and survival. A feeling of I can relax now, I will survive. Even though we don’t have to go hunting for our supper any more, our body still equates a full stomach with the feeling of I am safe. What happens today is we may associate any threatening emotions (which have nothing to do with our survival) ie. unloved, sad, lonely, angry, shame, anxiety with the need to feel safe so we continue to eat long after our nutritional needs are met. So what happens is we grab that comforting food (usually empty carbs) so fast we can often even avoid consciously feeling those unpleasant emotions in the first place. We are not even aware that this is what is happening.
In fact our emotions can’t actually harm us. We just think they can and behave accordingly. Isn’t that a wicked thought? Yet until we actually feel that for ourselves we are still likely to sabotage our best efforts over and over again. Only when we learn to be at peace with whatever emotions which come up for us, can we become empowered to eat what our body needs to provide us with the required nutrients. We no longer have to deny our emotions and protect ourselves from them.
Using Hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Therapy helps us to get to this point of freedom Positive Shrinking