We do this by changing the ‘decision points’ which are usually long before the moment they put food into their mouths.
Wallington, Surrey, UK (PRWEB UK) 23 June 2013
The study, released at the end of March, highlighted that the average person in the UK ate 1,270 kg of food a year, which equates to 384 kg more food than the body needed.
Over eating is said to be due to ‘mindless eating’, where people made 220 decisions about food and drink every day, yet were only aware of about 15.
Findings indicate that as a nation we eat nearly four times the recommended amount of meat each week and three times as many biscuits and cakes, yet 69% less fruit and 75% less vegetables than experts recommend.
The weight specialists at the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy find ‘mindless eating’ a significant problem for many clients.
Tracey Grist, weight specialist at The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, said, “Clients say that they often eat meals in front of the television and very little thought is given to the food they are eating. Similarly, if they are chatting within a group of friends for instance, they can be shovelling in large amounts of food without thinking about it. At this point, gastric band hypnotherapy isn’t needed as nature's own gastric band kicks in, as the stomach is so full, the message comes across loud and clear as they experience that ‘I’ve eaten too much’ feeling that we call the ‘Christmas feeling’. ”
“Getting clients to understand this problem, and helping them to make more appropriate choices, is one of our biggest challenges that we tackle in our hypnotherapy for weight loss programme. We do this by changing the ‘decision points’ which are usually long before the moment they put food into their mouths.”
To avoid the ‘mindless eating’ trap, changes need to be made at both the conscious and subconscious level. Hypnotherapy is very effective at creating this kind of behavioural change as it helps clients to alter, remove or adjust behaviours that may have been learnt many years before, often in childhood.
At the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy in Surrey, they seek to change their clients’ relationship with food. The hypnotherapist will work with the client to change the way they view food, even the way they think about food, so the client eats to live, rather than lives to eat. By doing so they remove the guilt, reduce consumption and feel happier around food.
Tracey Grist is a weight specialist at The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy. She has a special interest in weight control and relationship problems. She is a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy.