The weight loss industry is expected to be worth £220 billion by 2017, but many recent studies suggest that only changing our lifestyle really helps us to lose weight.
Eleanor Steafel writing in the Telegraph recently said: “By some estimates, only five per cent of those who go on a diet keep off the weight they lose”.
Estimates in the 2007 Foresight Report that half the population will be obese by 2050 may have underestimated the scale of the problem.
More and more of even those who buy pills, special ready meals, shakes, low fat food etc are beginning to feel that the claims of an easy solution aren’t true. The reason why we keep trying them is that we don’t believe that we can consistently and daily make healthy choices over the period of time that is needed for these changes to have effect.
However research in Italy suggests that even in a few months the dangerous fats in our body diminish and reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease.
We are overweight for various reasons. Over the past 30 years increasing numbers of people do office jobs and drive to work. Domestic appliances make housework easier and less physically demanding. Dieting programs can fail and make us even heavier than we were before we started.
Much of is this is down to suggestion. Suggestions through advertising that a certain sugary food will calm our anxiety (I have had many clients recently who want to give chocolate up or at least cut it down). In fact the suggestions that advertising make to us every day have shaped our behaviour and changed our lives. If these suggestions didn’t work the advertisers would not be making them.
If you want to live longer and healthier all these suggestions have to be reversed.
Hypnotherapy is the therapy that deals with positive suggestions and there is increasing evidence that it works.
But there is no “one size fits all” (excuse the pun). Each person has been manipulated by suggestions from advertisers and others to acquire the negative habits they have. So each person needs an in-depth consultation to discover which positive suggestions need to be given for them.
If you smoke, the first thing a Hypnotherapist will advise is a non-smoking session. That’s number one for saving your life.
And then you want to become, or rather become again, that healthy, active person you were as a child, before you became unhealthy, stressed and inactive.
In the experience of many hypnotherapists that child is still to be found in their client. There is no need to add anything, just to identify and change those habits that we acquired even when we didn’t want to.
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