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Ditch the Diet & Lose Weight

written by Guest Blogger April 24, 2014

What? Say that again? That’s right, today’s guest blogger, Clinical Hypnotherapist Jai, specializes in weight loss and tells us to stop dieting to lose weight! Keep reading to find out why…

A 2007 UCLA study on the effectiveness of dieting found that one of the best predictors of weight gain was having lost weight on a diet at some point during the years prior to the study.

So let me work this out… dieting makes you put on weight??

I think I have a pretty good understanding of human nature. So it goes without saying that most of us, when told we cannot have or do something, want it even more. Which is why any diet that is based on deprivation does not work and is not sustainable. It’s like telling someone not to think of the pink elephant… So a diet that dictates what you eat (and when you eat) just makes us want to marinate in the forbidden.

Through education and hypnotherapy I have helped hundreds of men and women reduce their weight and gain control of their eating patterns. And what I have found is quite simple; if you eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re not, you will lose weight. Even if you don’t increase your exercise regime – which is always advisable.

That’s right! A “no diet” approach with no prescribed eating lists. Phew – what a relief to be told to ditch the diet. After all, very few adults (and even children) need to be educated on the five food groups. We all know what healthy food choices and appropriate portion sizes are. But what I find lacking in the majority of my weight loss clients is they have forgotten how to recognize when they are hungry, and when they have had enough.

We are all born with the ability to recognize hunger and satisfaction, but somewhere along the line in our upbringing (yep, blame your folks) we are programmed to use food as a tool to satisfy our emotions or reward good behaviour. But guess what? If you try to fill something that cannot be filled with what you’re using, the emptiness never goes away and you’ll keep wanting more – every time.

You are not hungry! You’re bored. Or lonely. Or stressed. Or sad. Or just being a guts! (Editor’s note: “being a guts” means “pigging out.”) Learn to recognize the difference. Learn to discover and then fulfill what you are really hungry for (most often it ain’t food). And you will no longer be stuck on using food as an unsatisfactory substitute for relief, release or pleasure.

I’m not suggesting you engage in new patterns and behaviours. Just dig the old ones out and dust them off. You’ve done it before…

About the Author

Jai is a Melbourne Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in weight loss.

Alright, so now all we need are some tips to know the difference between hunger and emotional eating! Off the top of my head, I’ve heard that if we drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes, and if we’re still hungry, then it’s real hunger. Do you have any tips for differentiating between hunger and emotions?

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