Struggling with Weight Loss? It Might Not be About the Food

By - karengray
05.11.22 10:51 AM

If you have been eating all the right things and moving in all the right ways and still struggling to lose weight, then there's a very good chance that it's not about the food.

There are many factors that go into letting go of excess pounds besides just diet and exercise. Stress, coping strategies, self image, and unrealistic goals or ideals are just a few of the things that can affect your ability to lose weight.

If you are only focusing on what you eat and not looking at the mental and emotional aspects of your weight loss journey you may be making things harder for yourself.

Stress Eating

Do you ever find yourself eating when you're feeling stressed, or bored, or sad? Of course it feels good in the moment, but even after you try to soothe them with food, those feelings come back.

This cycle of emotional eating causes you to eat more than you need - and gain weight in the process. Not only that, eating doesn't actually take care of the emotional problem.

In order to stop using food as a coping mechanism, you need to pay attention to what you're feeling when you're reaching for snacks. Ask yourself if you are really physically hungry. If you are, then you can choose healthy foods that you enjoy. If you aren't actually hungry, then there is something else going on that needs your attention.

I often encounter people who use food as a coping strategy, a reward, or even as a self-sabotage - "I already ate one cookie, I might as well finish them!" It is vital to any weight loss goal that you break those false associations to food and emotions.

Self Image

For some people, the weight loss struggle is rooted in their self image. Emotional trauma from the past can shape the way we see ourselves, and skew our idea of what we deserve.

No matter what has happened to you in he past, or what others have said or done, you deserve all the health and happiness that life has to offer. Healing that trauma will help to break out of those unhealthy patterns.

Unrealistic Goals and Ideals

Another barrier to successful weight loss is setting goals for yourself that are unrealistic. Success motivates more success - and failures may bring up feelings of doubt and deflate your motivation. Setting small reasonable goals and celebrating all of them builds up that motivation and keeps you moving forward.

The truth is, you didn't gain the weight in a few days, and you aren't going to lose it in a few days either. Sustainable weight management is proven to be successful when you change your habits and behaviors for the long term - when you change your relationship with food.

Set your ideal weight as something healthy for you. And set small goals that you know you will reach. If your goal is to eat less, start by omitting one snack for a week. If your goal is to exercise more, then start tracking your movement and take ten more steps than you did yesterday, or do one more minute than you did yesterday.

By setting goals that you know you'll be successful at you build up your momentum of motivation, and it becomes easier to achieve each new goal.

The Role of Hypnosis

Using hypnosis, we can break down any barriers that have been holding you back, and instill new patterns and behaviors that are right for you now. Hypnosis is like having the owner's manual for your perfect health!

The process of hypnosis is simple, and helps us to change the way we experience situations on a subconscious level by training the brain to make healthier choices.🍥

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