Habits rule our lives and not only shape our current reality, but it also shapes our future reality. Portion control is considered one of the biggest reasons why people gain weight, and although it may not make sense to some, it’s truly something that can make or break your weight loss journey.
During hypnotherapy, you want to be in control of your mind, which will allow you to control your habits and tendencies you have with ease. There are many reasons why people overeat. Some may not even say that people make the decision to do so, which means it’s also considered unmindful eating.
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How to overcome portion control and overeating difficulties
We all need food to survive, but when does needing food get to a point where it results in overeating and overindulging? When is it necessary to check yourself, take a step back and stop eating?
Everyone who has an unhealthy relationship with food views it similarly. It often serves as a means of comfort and security that allows us to convince ourselves that it is acceptable to consume food recklessly and without thinking. Needless to say, unless you are trained in nutrition or pride yourself in the idea of caring for your well- being, you probably don’t have a very positive relationship with food.
Change Your Eating Habits
If you’ve recognized the need to build a better relationship with food, and you would like to discover more about hypnosis for weight loss and to kick your bad habits, you have to identify the initial cause contributing to your problem. Since eating presents itself as a form of temporary stress-relief and distracts us from feeling emotions like stress, sadness, anxiety and anger, it’s something we tend to gravitate toward at least at some point in our lives. Given that advertising companies are experts at presenting society with flawed foods that may seem appealing or are covered in somewhat “dietary-friendly” content, we have adopted the belief that it is okay to consume artificial food or whatever advertising suggests to us. We have equally taught ourselves that consuming unhealthy food acts as a reward for whatever we’re doing right.
Don’t Punish Yourself
For instance, telling yourself that you can eat whatever you want over the weekend after five weekdays of clean eating is entirely wrong. We should not be feeling like we are punishing ourselves by eating a healthy, balanced diet. It should become second nature to us as we adopt a healthy lifestyle.
The first step to using hypnosis for weight loss successfully is identifying the reasons why you struggle to achieve whatever it is you want. When undergoing self-hypnosis, you must learn how to address your food addiction and turn it into something useful, such as motivation to not feel as weak or inefficient as you do at your current weight or state of health. Before you start with your session, you should acknowledge the reason why your goal seems so out of reach, as well as what it is that’s holding you back from achieving it.
What will the hypnotherapy session be like?
During a professional hypnotherapy session, a therapist will generally ask you a list of questions related to weight loss, including questions about your diet and exercise habits. Since you are conducting the therapy session on your own, you can simply go over your daily routine and habits. Sometimes, it helps to write down both your positive and negative habits to see where it is you need to improve. You need to layout all of the information in front of you and focus on what it is you need to improve during your session. Writing down your goals will also help you to develop a clearer picture of where it is you’d like to go. Keep in mind that self-hypnosis is entirely up to you, so you have to commit and stay disciplined throughout the 21 days.
This period is attainable to most individuals and sets a benchmark for yourself without having to make a commitment that is too big.
Since you have to reframe your food addiction, it’s important to be honest about bad habits with yourself, which could include anything from binge eating, emotional eating, overeating or tricking yourself to believe that you need more food or most commonly used as an excuse, telling yourself that you’ll start a diet on Monday.
Gathering the necessary information about yourself and your habits will help you discover what you need to correct and focus on.
The Importance of Setting Goals
Engaging in hypnotherapy, you will be able to improve your confidence through positive suggestions set out to make you feel empowered, reinvent your inner voice, which will remind you to keep a positive and healthy mindset, visualize yourself achieving your weight loss goals, identify unconscious patterns that led to your current unhealthy lifestyle, as well as get rid of any fear you may have in achieving your goals.
You probably didn’t know that you could live in fear of achieving your goals. It sounds ridiculous, but changing yourself or the way you live could present itself as stressful too. Often people don’t achieve their goals because they are fearful of leaving their comfort zone. Since we cannot thrive or grow without being uncomfortable in life, it’s necessary to overcome such fears. Hypnosis will address your habit patterns and allow you to remove it from your subconscious. It will allow you to develop new and sustainable coping mechanisms. For example, with hypnosis, you can visualize yourself responding to a stressful interaction or situation and choose how you would like to react healthily manner. You will also imagine yourself eating healthy during the session to help you make better choices and form permanent eating habits.
To those who don’t struggle with portion and craving control find it simple to stick to their routine way of eating. Compared to someone who is compulsive and eats based on their feelings, hypnosis is probably the best method of self-development. It works by controlling reactions and tendencies, which has obviously led to your pitfalls and unhealthy relationship with food. During the hypnosis session, you are recommended to find a way to dispatch your food cravings and eliminate bad habits surrounding portion control. This helps you visualize yourself having a much healthier relationship with food, which will set you up for success.
With hypnosis, it seems silly to just focus on physically losing weight. There are so many other factors involved that attributes to what causes weight gain that you can rectify. Losing weight and achieving any health-related goal is a journey that will set you on a path to living your best life.
How to eat the right amount of food
To regain proper portion control and eat the right amount of food at each meal, you need to focus on eating the right types of food. Only then will you be able to maintain a balanced diet. It’s always helpful to conduct a little research before you start with hypnosis, especially if your goal is to learn how to reduce your portion sizes and stick to it. Although you know the reasons why you should, and that eating too much food contributes to the unnecessary deposit of fat that gets stored in your body, a lot of people still overeat regardless. It’s important to remind yourself that you shouldn’t be living to eat, but rather eat to live. Once you’ve established this rule, you can control your portion sizes, and, ultimately, lose weight.
If you practice hypnosis or are already following a diet and you’re not losing weight, then you probably have to evaluate your portion sizes. You also have to listen to your body and learn whether the type of food you’re consuming is serving your body well. Carrying excess weight could be a result of overeating at meals. Also, overeating too frequently is the same as eating a bad diet; it’s not good for your overall health or your weight loss journey.
Proper portion control alone won’t make you lose all the weight, but it will give you more energy, particularly because constantly being full places strain on our bodily processes to work harder. This includes your metabolism, which if not working efficiently, could cause you to hold onto excess weight, completely halt your weight loss results, and cause you to feel uncomfortable. Having a weak metabolism and inadequate digestion could pose as a serious health issue and include disruptive symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, weight gain, depression, headaches, constipation, and sugar cravings.
The term “portion control,” refers to eating an adequate amount of food. The quantity of what you consume, along with the type thereof, is required if your goal is weight loss. Often, people force themselves to finish the food on their plate out of politeness or because we can’t seem to recognize that we’ve had enough.
To control your portion sizes, you can try doing the following:
- Eat slowly and be more conscious about what you eat.
- Drink a glass of water 15 minutes before you eat. This will fill your stomach and prevent you from eating too much in one sitting.
- Avoid buffets or eating 2-for- deals at restaurants.
- Substitute sugary drinks with homemade carbonated drinks (You’ll need a Sodastream Jet or Fizzi for this )
- Take photos of your meals and save them in a folder so that you can revisit and compare the size of your meals visually. This will also help you stay on track and keep improving.
Why hypnosis works for portion control
You can implement the above- mentioned methods for controlling your portion sizes at meals, but you still need to find a way to overcome bad habits. Eating compulsively is nothing to be proud of, and food must be considered as fuel. Improving the quality of your food often helps with portion control and can assist you in making the right decisions. Let’s be real, nobody wants to eat a big plate of broccoli. Focusing on how eating small versus large quantities of food makes you feel will also help you to overcome any mental relation or need you may have to consume the right portions of food.
Once you manage to overcome your struggles with portion control, you will reach a deeply relaxed state of mind and feel empowered, as you won’t feel like you have to overcome your unconscious any longer. You will now finally be in control.
It’s not all your fault
Overcoming portion control is a massive challenge, yet it is not something that cannot be achieved. It is especially difficult to achieve in society today. What used to be regarded as proper portion sizes, have now doubled in the past 50 years. Since there is a new generation of people, it has also been normalized, which has been one of the main contributions to increased cases of obesity.
To fix any problem you may have related to consuming too many calories a day, whether it’s overeating or eating empty calories, you must engage in mindfulness. This is something that can only be taught by yourself. It is not a skill, but rather an act of taking a step back and acknowledging what you are doing, for instance, what you are consuming, including the quantity thereof.