Overeating or binge eating is characterized by consuming large amounts of food over short periods of time. Such episodes usually push the patient to gain a lot of unhealthy extra weight that they are unable to lose easily. Moreover, patients will suffer from other health problems caused by the extra weight gained.
These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, Type 2 diabetes, joint problems and back pain.
Doctors usually treat the side effects of gaining too much weight first, because a person is usually at great risk because of all the food they consume. However, there are some treatments that are meant to address the core of the problem. Today many people are using different types of hypnosis for overeating.
How Can Hypnosis Help with Overeating?
Overeating or binge eating is usually caused by uncontrollable food cravings. Patients eat large quantities of food over short periods of time even when they are feeling full. Overeating is an eating disorder that results from maintaining an unhealthy relationship with food.
Patients who experience social, financial or romantic trauma can engage in binge eating in order to deal with their emotional pain. Some depressed patients or those who suffer from stress, do the same hoping to feel better about their problems.
However, binge eaters usually feel disgusted with themselves and tend to feel ashamed of their eating habits. They are most likely going to hide food or eat in discrete areas so that no one knows about their binge eating disorder.
Hypnosis(1) is an effective treatment that helps patients reach psychological well-being. Patients usually have hypnosis sessions that help them identify stress triggers or the reasons they feel bad about their lives, which ultimately allows them to learn how to deal with them.
As they open up about their lives and the things they like, they experience a different type of self-indulgence that is different from indulging in food. Some patients might feel a significant change after only 1 session while others might need multiple ones until they feel absolutely better.
The key to successful hypnosis for overeating relies on some Do’s and Don’ts. First, the person should understand they have to lower their guards in order to let the hypnosis work on their subconscious. By relaxing and letting out all the stress and anger the patient will likely be more accepting of the idea of eating healthily. Relaxing is crucial and will greatly affect the success of the treatment.
The doctor or hypnosis practitioner usually works with certain tools that trigger your subconscious to dislike unhealthy snacking. But in order to do that successfully, the patient should stop listening to any friend or family member who is skeptical about the treatment.
This can jeopardize the success of the whole process to a great extent. It is also advised not to attempt doing self-hypnosis as it has to be done under the supervision of a professional to avoid any side effects.
Although hypnosis for overeating can help you have more control on impulsive binge eating, it is important to understand that it won’t work like magic. You need to give it time and totally believe that it will work in order to experience some success.
Article reference: (1)https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/hypnosis