The last few days we have been hearing on the media how initial estimates for the number of people who will be obese have been underestimated. I can’t think of any other condition that can result in chronic illness and death that is ignored on such a grand scale. If you are in close proximity to someone with flu, what do you do? I’m pretty sure you get yourself out of their range and therefore out of danger. So what is it that makes people blind to the dangers of overeating? In NLP (which is a study and analysis of human behaviour more than a therapy), we are taught that as humans we do 3 things with information; we delete some of it, we distort some of it, and we generalise some of it. After we have done this we are each left with the interpretation of the information that creates our individual thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that makes us who we are. This is essential, otherwise we would have so much pure information in our minds that we couldn’t possibly process, so in many ways it serves us well, but when we delete important information it can allow us to do things even though we know they are bad for us. Smoking as well as weight loss is another great example; we know that it is harmful and will almost certainly cause cancer and or other illness, but we delete this information, or distort it time-wise thinking we still have time to stop before it is too late.
We have a natural signal to eat – that’s what hunger is, and it’s important for survival, but how many times do you feed your body when it doesn’t need it? So if someone is driven to eat without a genuine hunger signal, what is it that’s driving that behaviour? For many people they are eating to get a feeling. If you feel sad or even bored, and you associate a pleasant feeling with a particular food, then that is a pretty easy and instant option if you want to feel better. This is what emotional eating is all about. In Think More Eat Less I explain this more fully and what’s more important I teach you a range of easy techniques that can help you to feed your mind and not your body. When you feel good already, you don’t need to eat to get a good feeling. If you want to change your body you first have to change your mind. It can be surprisingly easy to change, but remember, it is also easy (sometimes easier) not to change. You have to choose.
If you would like to learn how to use your mind to change your body so that you can genuinely want to stop overeating, you can contact me directly janet@ or come along to Champneys for one of my 2 night or 4 night weight loss retreats or you can take yourself through the programme with my unique Think More Eat Less programme which is a book with audio hypnotic downloads.