Many people want to stop overeating because the habit can lead to serious problems like obesity. Attempts to quit eating too much often fall short and great feelings of frustration and anxiety emerge. The anti-fat crusade should begin in the mind.
Why Not Begin With Behavior?
You have probably tried to stop overeating through sheer willpower but the compulsion to eat overpowers you every time. You feel defeated and depressed and the only way you know to comfort yourself is through more eating. Unfortunately, the comfort lasts only as long as you are eating. Once you stop, you feel even more depression and self-disgust.
When you try to quit eating too much through behavioral approaches, you are not treating the actual condition that causes you to look to food for comfort. There are many reasons that you eat in excess and these need to be addressed in some way in order for you to stop overeating.
Reasons You Over Eat
The need to stop overeating is great but there are other forces that seem to be greater in your psyche. Food is a very powerful thing. It is nurturing and nourishing. You need it to survive. You have strong connections between food and love, fond memories and comfort.
Stress and anxiety can be overwhelming and eating in excess may have become your way of dealing with these negative emotions. The food becomes a calming force and eating becomes are satisfying ritual that puts your mind at ease-at least while you are eating.
Get to the Root of the Problem
Part of the core problem is that you have identified yourself as an over eater. You engage in the activity because you expect yourself to behave in this manner. This process requires no thought because it is just part of who you are. It is difficult to stop overeating when you identify yourself as an overeater.
Emotion is a big component in the habit of over eating because you feel frustrated. Your character flaw is readily seen by anyone who meets you if your tendency to overeat has grown into obesity. You feel ashamed and you hide your practices.
Using Hypnosis to Stop Overeating
Self-hypnosis is particularly effective because it helps you deal with your eating habits objectively. When you address your eating habits without the emotional components, you begin to see food differently. Your relationship with food changes and you are better able to recognize your habit.
The subconscious mind is the control center for your habits. You probably can relate to falling into a trance as you empty a bag of potato chips while sitting in front of the television. Self-hypnosis works to change this behavior, making you aware of everything your put in your mouth.
Food is a source of nutrition. Its purpose is to provide the nutrition you need to live a healthy life. Food is not love and it really is not comfort. Self-hypnosis helps you recognize this. You can stop overeating once you develop a realistic relationship with food.