When it comes to food cravings, our brains almost seem to have their own agenda, and it’s not weight loss. Here’s an interesting example from Kelly McGonigal, PhD, who studies the science of willpower. In an article she wrote called The Diabolic Secret Powers of Junk Food, she uncovers the complicated relationship between the brain and fattening food:
“A recent study shows that foods high in saturated fat—ice cream, cheese, red meat—cause your brain to secrete chemicals that tell the body to ignore biological signals of fullness (like leptin and insulin). The result: you don’t ‘feel’ full, and you keep eating.”
We already knew that controlling our weight isn’t easy. But is it impossible? McGonigal’s findings make one wonder if the link between our mouths and a hunk of creamy mozzarella completely bypasses conscious choice!
The Other Diet Saboteur: Mindset
Just as there are tricky chemical controllers making us chow down with abandon, there are equally complicated forces put into play by our subconscious mind.
Indulgence, pessimism, procrastination, nervousness: these often translate to eating on autopilot, eating for comfort, having a bigger portion than we intended to, or forgetting to ever actually start our nutrition program. (You know, we get stuck in the planning and possibilities phase.)
On our own, it can be incredibly difficult to combat all of the weight loss enemies running amok in our heads. Unconscious bad habits can sabotage even the most foolproof diet. So what are we supposed to do when we want to lose weight, but our mind isn’t on board with the plan?
Get Your Mind On Your Side
While we may be stuck with our brain’s chemical response to cunning high-fat ingredients, help is here for the saboteurs in our subconscious. An innovative and amazingly effective method has been discovered to facilitate weight loss by targeting the mind at the subconscious level.
Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, actually isn’t a new concept, but it is new to weight loss. It has quickly been adopted by weight loss clinics and fitness coaches because of its ability to recreate lasting changes to our thoughts and habits. A weight loss hypnosis session usually consists of 20-30 minutes of guided meditation. A certified hypnotherapist is able to use clear, soothing language to send messages to your subconscious, and repetition and reinforcement to make them stick.
When repeated every day for 30 days, hypnosis can permanently remove negative thoughts and habits and replace them with positive ones!
Why Visual Goals are So Powerful
For those who are “auditory” learners, hypnotherapy can make a strong impression on you, and you’ll find the words sticking in your brain. But what about visual learners? A good hypnosis for weight loss program will use guided meditation to help you visualize your goals as you follow along. We’ve talked in previous posts about the importance of keeping clear goals in your weight loss program. Having a visual representation of your goal is, for many, the strongest form of motivation. Hypnosis will help you create a vivid mental picture of how you want to look, and this visual goal will guide you in all of your choices.
While weight loss hypnotherapy can be done in person, most prefer the convenience of a CD program, like the Brain Food CD Series, which allows you to listen at night before bed. The best part about a weight loss hypnosis CD: it doesn’t matter if you fall asleep while listening. Your subconscious mind will still absorb the information. Hypnotherapy’s ability to tap into your subconscious mind is that powerful!
To learn additional tricks for making your weight loss program stick, scroll through our original Mastering the Mind post!
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