Take The Weight Off Your Mind With Hypnotherapy
Due to the current covid issues and the related dangers with being over weight, we have decided to include some weight management help in our news letters.
Today we are discussing how stress contributes to an increase in weight.
There is no point in talking about food.
Food is available to everyone.
Not everyone is over weight.
In the coming weeks we will be looking at how lack of sleep, lack of exercise and covert eating habits can adversely influence our weight but today we are discussing how stress can cause weight gain.
How does stress help us gain weight and what is stress anyway?
Simply put, any time our bodies move away from a relaxed range of functioning our bodies will demonstrate a stress response.
Homeostasis is the biological balancing which returns our bodies to an acceptable range of functioning.
Our bodies function within a narrow operational band for optimal performance, when we overheat we perspire, when we are cold we shiver, when we are under threat we move to a flight fight or freeze response, which motivates us to respond and so our bodies to some degree self-regulate, re-balance, for optimal functioning.
When our bodies are unable to self-regulate, naturally return to our biological relaxed state, we remain stressed. Our bodies achieve these adjustments to homeostasis via hormonal change.
These hormonal changes may actually promote weight gain for many people.
Stress is the body’s natural fight or flight response to a perceived dangerous stimuli and can be a life saver in some circumstances. It is a normal function which triggers a hormonal adjustment, however, the so-called "stress hormone" cortisol is released in the body during times of stress, along with the hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine, these constitute the "fight or flight" response to a perceived or real threat.
Following a stressful event, epinephrine and norepinephrine levels return to normal while cortisol levels can remain elevated over a longer time period. Cortisol levels can remain persistently elevated in the body when a person is subjected to chronic stress.
Cortisol has many actions in the body, and one ultimate goal of cortisol secretion is the provision of energy for the body.
Cortisol stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy, in addition to stimulating insulin release and maintenance of blood sugar levels. The end result of these actions is an increase in appetite. Therefore, poorly managed stress leads to elevated cortisol levels that stimulate the appetite, with the end result being weight gain or difficulty losing unwanted pounds.
Cortisol not only promotes weight gain, but it can also affect where you put on the weight. Research has shown that stress and elevated cortisol levels tend to cause fat deposition in the abdominal area. This fat deposition has been referred to as "toxic fat."
Abdominal fat is strongly correlated with the development of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes and of course being overweight increases our risk from covid 19.
Not surprisingly the stress response has many masters, which can be: not enough time in the day, work and family demands, too much time on our hands, not enough personal space, loneliness, procrastination, guilt for doing or not doing something, existential crisis, lack of meaning in our life, lack of sleep and of course being overweight.
Not only will stress deregulate your appetite, you're also going to eat more, because when your brain doesn't have enough time to sense the taste, aroma, and pleasure from the food, it keeps signalling that hunger has not been satisfied.
Stress can lead to emotional eating particularly if it involves ‘no me time’. The problem with emotional eating is that once the pleasure of eating is over, the emotional hunger remains. When you're stressed out, healthy behaviours like eating properly and exercising regularly can easily fall by the wayside.
Not all emotional eating is stress related however.
One study found that overweight women who focused on what they were eating without distraction, were better able to avoid emotional eating and had lower stress levels, which led to less belly fat over time.
Stress can significantly impact your ability to maintain a healthy weight. It can also prevent you from losing weight. Whether it's the result of high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, unhealthy stress-induced behaviours, or a combination of the two, the link between stress and weight gain is glaring.
Cortisol and Metabolism
Even if you aren't eating foods high in fat and sugar, cortisol also slows down your metabolism, making it difficult to lose weight.
In 2015, researchers from Ohio State University interviewed women about the stress they had experienced the previous day before feeding them a high-fat, high-calorie meal. After finishing the meal, scientists measured the women's metabolic rates (the rate at which they burned calories and fat) and examined their blood sugar, cholesterol, insulin, and cortisol levels.
The researchers found that, on average, women who reported one or more stressors during the prior 24 hours burned 104 fewer calories than non-stressed women. This could result in an 11-pound weight gain in one year. Stressed women also had higher insulin levels, a hormone that contributes to fat storage.
Sleeping less: Many people report trouble sleeping when they're stressed. And research has linked sleep deprivation to a slower metabolism but we will look at this in another article.
This coming SCCP Introduction To Hypnotherapy Weekend we will be working with EMDR Plus, which incorporates, EMDR, EFT, NLP and CBT.
This approach is an incredibly effective therapeutic intervention with which to address stress, amongst many other life issues.
I use EMDR Plus in my practice several times a day - email for a free initial consultation here
5 Weight Loss Myths That Will Stop You Losing Weight
The Government and the NHS Are Encouraging Us To Lose Weight & Become Fitter.
If You Can Lose Weight By Knowing What To Do And Self Manage
Major New Campaign Encourages Millions To Lose Weight
And Cut COVID-19 risk
A new national campaign is under way to encourage millions of adults to kick start their health and reduce their risk of serious illness, including COVID-19
Data shows that obese people are significantly more likely to become seriously ill and be admitted to intensive care with COVID-19 compared to those with a healthy BMI.
The Government and the NHS Are Encouraging Us To Lose Weight & Become Fitter.
And For Some This Is Easy To Do.
And For Some Of Us, Knowing What Is Healthy Doesn't Help.
Some Of Us Already Understand The Facts But We Still Eat In A Way That Is Unhealthy.
If This Is You - You Are In The Right Place.
You Are Probably Emotionally Eating
Please Read On
If You Find It Difficult To Lose Weight Even Though You Know What To Do
Understanding These Five Weight Loss Myths Is The Place To Start
Some commonly-held beliefs about weight loss are simply miss information.
Understanding the full picture before deciding on the life style of your choice is essential to losing weight.
With so much conflicting advice about weight loss, it is easy to be misled and believe you are following
the correct course.
Do not blame yourself.
It is likely that some of the information about weight management you’ve been receiving is inaccurate.
Here we take a look at five common weight loss myths:
Common Weight Lose Myths
1. ‘All calories are equal’
Eating a biscuit that has 100 calories will not have the same nutritional value as eating a small fillet of fish with the same calorific value. The biscuit contains ‘empty’ calories that are of little nutritional value. The fish will provide you with protein, essential omega-3 fatty acids and other key nutrients, as well as keeping you fuller for longer.
Nutrient-dense foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, are usually high in nutrients and lower in calories, providing us with the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for our bodies to function healthily.
It is much easier to lose weight and control our appetite when we are eating more nourishing foods.
Research shows that nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables, nuts, whole grains and fruit are more beneficial for weight loss than foods high in processed ingredients, such as white flour and sugar, which are associated with weight gain.
What you can do
• Eat foods that are high in nutrients, such as fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, leafy greens, lean meat, fish, poultry and eggs.
• Avoid processed foods and drinks.
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Stop Weighing Yourself
Your weight will naturally fluctuate regardless of your diet
2. ‘Eating fat makes you fat’
Including healthy fats in your diet stimulates your metabolism and helps you to feel that you have eaten, you are more likely to feel satisfied after eating and less likely to be hungry between meals.
Moderately increasing the amount of good fats in your diet and reducing simple carbohydrates (including white pasta and bread) may help with weight loss.
What you can do
• Eat more healthy fats, such as oily fish (including sardines, salmon, herring and mackerel), avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds.
• Avoid sugar and processed carbohydrates.
3. ‘It is to do with what you eat’
Changing your diet isn't’t always enough.
Other factors can contribute to weight gain.
Stress can make it harder to lose weight. If you’re producing too much of the stress hormone cortisol, this triggers an increase in blood sugar and insulin levels and causes more weight to be stored, particularly around the abdomen.
Emerging evidence suggests that an imbalance of gut bacteria (dysbiosis) can make it harder to lose weight, as beneficial gut
bacteria are required for a healthy metabolism, digestion and appetite control.
What you can do
• Find ways to reduce stress, hypnotherapy is a proven approach to reducing stress.
• Include healthy fermented foods such as live yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi in your diet. This will help balance your gut bacteria.
Moderate exercise will
Don't take the blame
Hypnotherapy can help
4. ‘Being overweight is your own fault’
Being overweight is much more complex than most think. Blaming yourself will not help, if anything you will probably start to feel worse about yourself and then turn to food to feel better.
A recent report by The British Psychological Society states that most people become overweight or obese as a result of a complex combination of biological, psychological and social factors.
The report emphasizes that people most likely to be an unhealthy weight may have a high genetic risk of developing obesity.
High levels of stress, including major life challenges and trauma, can also make some people more susceptible to weight gain, this can be addressed with hypnotherapy..
There may also be medical reasons. For example, hypothyroidism, a condition where not enough thyroid hormone is produced, affecting metabolism and causing the body to slow down.
Lack of sleep can play a major part in gaining weight. Sleep deprivation affects the hunger hormone, ghrelin which increases appetite, and the satiety hormone, leptin, which makes us feel full.
Sleep deprivation can cause ghrelin to rise and leptin to fall, this will lead to over-eating. A UK review of several studies has shown that sleep-deprived people consume on average, an extra 385 calories a day.
What you can do
• Email me, if you’ve been suffering from insomnia or stress for more than two weeks, hypnotherapy can help you.
5. ‘There’s one single best diet for everyone’
According to a recent study there is no such thing as one approach suits every person, this is certainly;y my belief.
When it comes to weight loss, in fact most issues, there is simply no such thing as one size fits all.
Researchers looked at the responses to meals of 1,100 adults (60 percent of them twins) over two weeks, measuring blood sugar, insulin, fat levels and other markers. The results revealed a wide variation in blood responses to the same foods, and personal differences in metabolism, gut microbiome, meal timing and exercise.
This is only partly explained by genetic factors. The results suggest a personalised approach to nutrition is likely to provide the best results for weight loss.
What you can do
• Forget fad diets, lets discuss a personal approach that will work for you.
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In The Next E-News We Will look At The Psychological Approaches To Weight Loss
Imagination Can Motivate Us To Lose Weight These Weight Loss Techniques Work Considerably Faster With Hypnotherapy Surrey
Latest research has found that people lost weight without any dietary or physical activity advice whatsoever — only psychological therapy, hypnotherapy.
Research reveals, the correct type of mental imagery can help motivate people to lose weight.
People using ‘Functional Imagery Training, hypnotherapy, lost eight times as much weight as those using a different talking therapies.
Imagery training, hypnotherapy, helped people to lose 4.3 cm more around their waist and continue to lose weight afterwards.
Unusually, people lost the weight without any dietary or physical activity advice whatsoever — only psychological therapy, hypnotherapy.
The study involved 141 people who were either given the imagery training as we use in hypnotherapy or a technique called Motivational Interviewing.
The results showed that, after six months, those using the imagery techniques, hypnotherapy, lost an average of 4 kg, while those given Motivational Interviewing only lost 0.7 kg.
Dr Linda Solbrig, who led the study, said:
“Most people agree that in order to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more, but in many cases, people simply are not’t motivated enough to heed this advice, however much they might agree with it, this does not address the emotional dynamic regarding eating.
So FIT, hypnotherapy, comes in with the key aim of encouraging someone to come up with their own imagery of what change might look and feel like to them, how it might be achieved and kept up, even when challenges arise.
Dr Solbrig explained the mental imagery techniques they used:
“We started with taking people through an exercise about a lemon.
We asked them to imagine seeing it, touching it, juicing it, drinking the juice and juice accidentally squirting in their eye, to emphasise how emotional and tight to our physical sensations imagery is, hypnotherapists have been using this approach for many years.
From there we are able to encourage them to fully imagine and embrace their own goals.
Not just ‘imagine how good it would be to lose weight’ but, for example, ‘what would losing weight enable you to do that you can’t do now? What would that look / sound / smell like?’, and encourage them to use all of their senses. This approach was originally developed through coaching skills and widely used within hypnotherapy.
After a year, the imagery group had lost 6 kg, while the Motivational Interviewing group had only lost 0.7 kg.
Dr Solbrig said:
“As well as being delighted by the success of the study in the short term, there are few studies that document weight loss past the end of treatment, so to see that people continued to lose weight despite not having any support shows the sustainability and effectiveness of this intervention.”
The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity (Solbrig et al., 2018) and adapted by the SCCP
We all know that hypnosis offers us the key to our unconscious mind.
We can all learn easier, quicker and at a profound level with hypnotherapy.
Imagine how much more effective your hypnotherapy would be if we also took into account the emotions that we experience, that might predict us to eat or even eat the wrong kind of food.
Amazingly James has been using this approach within the clinical practice for many years and teaches this approach, and many others on the Advance Hypnotherapy Diploma at the University of Surrey.
We Do Not Learn For School But For Life
Hypnotherapy Surrey has a powerful dynamic weight loss and motivational tool helping you to transform your eating habits and your emotional relationship with food.
Hypnotherapy Surrey focus on the long term objectives to maintaining a healthy body shape and weight.
The Hypnotherapy Surrey weight loss plan allows you to enjoy eating healthily and at the same time lose weight in a safe and natural way.
During your weight loss therapy you will start to feel more relaxed about food and more confident, helping you to be in control again.
The confidence that hypnotherapy will give you is imperative to self empower you to lose weight; especially when we are bored, stressed, happy, peckish and have the nibbles.
Hypnotherapy helps with courage & motivation, encouraging feelings of satisfaction, success, contentment and happiness.
By now you will have found out that diets don't work in the long term, if they did the diet industry would be out of business.
Hypnotherapy Surrey - Easy Weight Loss - can help you because we understand:
" A change in diet changes motivation & energy levels often accompanied by an emotional change"
Combine the change in feelings with the thinking that "we all want to be slim but eat what we want" & we can understand why it can be difficult to maintain a certain weight and shape.
When we are tired or feeling down we move from being motivated, to caring more about feeling better than being slimmer!
Hypnotherapy Surrey can help you lose weight whilst maintaining your good mood, motivation & energy levels; offering a long term solution to the weight and shape that you would like to gain and maintain.
Hypnotherapy Surrey Easy Weight Loss
Our hypnotherapy easy weight loss support can genuinely help you overcome many of the discomforts associated with diets and exercise.
It can help stop the constant thinking about food, the cravings and snacking as well as increasing the desire for exercise if you wish, losing weight can become enjoyable and fun.
Hypnotherapy Surrey can also enhance your motivation to continue existing diets; supporting you to remain motivated and focused.
This would help you if you were on a calorie controlled or low fat or protein diet but struggling to maintain your progress.
Just a few sessions of easy weight loss hypnotherapy could put you back in the driving seat so that you might easily continue with your diet successfully.
No need to continue craving comfort foods. James will help you to change your relationship with food, the way that you think and feel about food, no longer driven by cravings you will be back in control.
James will need to meet with you for an initial consultation, to be able to work with you and not the food that you eat, the approach taken will be very personal to you.
Without change, their can be no change; and so your behavioural change is vital to making weight loss a success in the long term, this is where the Hypnotherapy Surrey puts the eassssy back into hypnotherapy easy weight loss.
Working together our first approach is to help you to change the way you feel and think about food, this stops the cravings; that feeling of emptiness and wanting something, there will be no need for the support of food.
If you want to lose weight contact James today:
Tel: 01932 341055
Easy Weight Loss Using Hypnotherapy Surrey
We can eat when we are lonely, bored, upset, happy, angry and many other emotional reasons, none of which have anything to do with being hungry.
We change our feelings by comfort eating which quickly becomes a habit.
If we eat for emotional hunger, we will never feel emotionally satisfied, food changes the way we feel, we can feel full, uncomfortable and numb because we are pushing down the feelings with food.
Hypnotherapy Easy Weight Loss
There will be no need to eat to control your emotions; hypnotherapy surrey easy weight loss will help you to change your relationship with food, help you to manage your emotions in a healthy way.
Working together we can change the relationship that your unconscious mind has with food. There are several ways this can be achieved. We can discuss this during your initial consultation.
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Thousands of people have tried dieting before. If lucky these diets generally work in the short term and rarely as a permanent solution.
With forty years experience I use an eclectic clinically proven approach within hypnotherapy for weight loss, which incorporates healthy eating, portion control with regular exercise. This is the sure way to lose weight, to look good whilst remaining slim and healthy
Some Advantages To Losing Weight
Lower Blood Pressure
Being over weight increases blood pressure. The bigger that we become the more weight we carry and our bodies increase the network of veins and arteries to the extra weight to keep it alive. This gives the heart more work to do; increasing blood pressure.
Losing weight reverses this process with the resultant reduction in blood pressure.
If you are having trouble sleeping this can trigger your body to want to eat in the search for energy.
If you are having trouble sleeping please let me know, we can address this first. Improved sleep patterns generally help in weight loss.
Conversely when we lose weight we generally enjoy a better sleep pattern.
Enjoying restorative sleep.
We all feel better when we can wear the clothes that we want to and feel good in those clothes.
When you have achieved your healthy weight and maintain your figure easily of course you will feel good about yourself.
This is how hypnotherapy can help you.
Never To Old To Look Younger
Your Hypnotherapy Weight Loss program would be typically held over five sessions, depending on the issues you and I need to address. You are assured of complete confidentiality at all times.
Do something for you today:
Call James on 01932 341055
We All Want To Look the Best We Can
During the initial consultation we will discuss your concerns, so that during your therapy we are able to address these concerns as we work toward how you want to feel & be from now on.
Many people can enjoy the day and eat healthily and so can you. It might have been a long time since you have, however, you can - and we can help!