Weight Control – Are your emotions helping or hindering ?

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Sometimes we allow ourselves to fall into bad habits with food.

Perhaps you have a busy schedule and often miss meal times, choosing instead to snack through the day. This all too often leads to reaching for quick and easy foods, likely to be packaged and processed and full of unwanted calories and fats.

You could be an emotional eater, turning to, or away from, food in times of stress, anger or upset. If emotional upset is your trigger then you are not alone. This is one of the most common reasons why people overeat, or stop eating.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you gone onto automatic pilot with your diet?
  • Are you overeating or eating the wrong foods on a regular basis?
  • Do you over eat or stop eating when you are stressed, angry or upset?
  • Wonder why you start off well with your slimming plan and then lose motivation?
  • Do you talk yourself out of sticking to the healthy options?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then the following information may help you to regain some control with your food intake, transforming your eating habits and rebuilding your self-esteem and confidence.

The Creative Sub-conscious – could your unconscious mind have gone into over-protective mode?

Part of the role of your sub-conscious mind or unconscious mind is to protect you.

Based on your beliefs and values your sub-conscious helps you to behave in the way that is correct based on these beliefs and values.

Therefore when you want to make changes to the way you behave you need to change your sub-conscious first. If you try and make changes without first preparing your sub-conscious it will automatically dismiss the new you and try and keep you safe in your old ways.

From the moment we are born we build a picture of our world and this information is then stored in our sub-conscious mind and is used to form our values and beliefs. This information may be positive or negative and controls what you do and how you do it. We have the power to access this and make better choices.

Identifying the Triggers

Possible reasons for over-eating or under-eating may be:

  • Guilt
  • As a personal reward
  • Chewing over a problem – it is difficult to get anxious when you eat
  • To reduce unpleasant feelings such as fear, anxiety etc.
  • To gain authority (feel bigger –throw more weight around)
  • As a substitute for love and nourishment
  • A fear of becoming too attractive and what that may attract; i.e. may be a upset in a relationship when slimmer
  • Thinking that you must not waste food, so become the dustbin
  • Confusing hunger for uncomfortable feeling or thought
  • Not eating – starving yourself and then binge eating
  • Addiction to sweet foods – need to wean yourself off
  • Over-riding the “I am full” signal
  • A lack of self worth making you think you are not important enough to bother
  • Feeling that you have failed so it is pointless
  • When there is not enough time, love or space we may try to fill it with food
  • Focussing on what you must not eat – creating reverse psychology

How to make positive changes

  • Visualisation techniques to focus the unconscious mind and to by-pass the logical mind
  • Goal setting – allows you to get totally clear about your outcome
  • Change your eating pattern and choose healthy food
  • Anchoring technique – is a technique used to enable you to get into a resourceful and positive emotional state at will (happy successful, motivated)
  • Introduce exercise that you would find enjoyable into your daily routine
  • Positive thinking and affirmations – combats negative self-talk
  • By identifying negative beliefs and attitudes to re-programme the sub-conscious mind in a way that supports you to achieve your goals
  • By changing your thoughts and so changing your emotions to eliminate emotional eating

At Kent College of Hypnotherapy, we offer a variety of certified and non-certified integrated therapy courses both for qualified therapists and for anyone with an interest in hypnotherapy, and other alternative therapies. If you are looking to offer some support to a friend or loved one in need, or you need some guidance and advice on managing your weight problem yourself, then please have a look at the courses we have coming up soon.

Emotional Freedom Techniques

Our electrical systems are vital to our physical health. About 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered a complex system of energy circuits that run throughout the body or meridians as they are called. EFT gives you clear evidence that energy flows within your body because it provides the effects that let you know it is there. Make changes in your emotional and physical health by learning how to tap on specific points of your energy meridians awareness. In depth day with lots of practice and clear handouts.


Kinesiology techniques that can be used within your Hypnotherapy to further help your clients, especially useful for weight issues, stress, lack of energy and also to identify positive and negative thought patterns. We will also cover vitamin deficiencies.

CBT – Goal Setting, coping strategies, solutions and outcomes

CBT Techniques and coping strategies will be used to identify a problem and change it into a goal to provide solutions and develop activities. There will be included additional CBT therapeutic techniques and treatments including Converting a client’s problem into a SMART goal in harmony with their values and identify problem solving techniques using various worksheets. You will learn how to construct and develop a coping card activity chart and monitor chart. There will be a summary of the CBT concept.

NLP (Life Coaching 1)

The day will be covering NLP, communication skills, goal setting, Values, Motivation and an introduction to life coaching. By the end of the session you will be able Identify the differences between life coaching, NLP and counselling. Demonstrate effective communication skills, including rapport and listening skills. This is interactive and will help you to gain clarity on your purpose, aims and goals.

Eating disorders and Sports Performance

Eating Disorders, Bulimia, anorexia, and body image disorders are covered in this session including an in depth questionnaire and example of consent letter to GP. We will be looking at the underlying emotional issues and triggers plus outside conditioning. You will be able to practice and use Dissociation techniques, specialised scripts and Erickonian type metaphors. Sports performance and enhance including some CBT and NLP.

covering different techniques to work with food issues, slimming and weight control. This session focuses on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy, healthy eating and weight reduction.

Hypno-Gastric Band

Training, scripts and strategies. In hypnosis suggestions are given to simulate the gastric band operation and the internal signalling system that you are full is activated and so you eat smaller portions of food and are more likely to make positive changes in eating habits. This is usually done over 5 or 6 sessions from the virtual appointment to have the gastric band discussed; to diet changes; to virtual hospital operation and follow up afterwards.

For further information on the courses available at Kent College of Hypnotherapy, please contact Pat Whitson on 01732 846374 or email info@kentcollegeofhypnotherapy.co.uk

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