Weight Control

waist_measurementWeight control is not only an issue for people wanting to lose weight. There are a vast number of people who struggle with many forms of eating disorders, which can often have a devastating impact on their lives and the lives of family and friends around them. Although the majority of people are simply not eating the correct food or exercising enough, there is still the question of “why?” Many people use eating as a means of reward or substitue for love or emotional support. Others over-eat to fullfil their beliefs that they are not worthy of attention and become overweight to feed their feelings of low self-esteem. The most common eating disorders are listed below:-

 

Anorexia Nervosa

People who are suffering with this illness have a low self-esteem and often a tremendous need to control their surroundings and emotions. Anorexia is a unique reaction to a variety of external and internal conflicts, such as stress, anxiety, unhappiness and feeling like life is out of control. Anorexia is a negative way of attempting to cope with these emotions.

Bulimia Nervosa

Men and women who live with bulimia seek out binge and purge episodes, eating a large quantity of food in a relatively short period of time. They then use behaviours such as taking laxatives or self-induced vomiting to punish themselves for something they unrealistically blame themselves for. This can be in direct relation to how they feel about themselves, or how they feel over a particular event or series of events in their lives. Those suffering with bulimia may seek episodes of binging and purging to avoid feelings of anger, depression, stress, or anxiety.

Compulsive Over-eating

People suffering with compulsive over-eating have what is characterised as an “addiction” to food, using food and eating as a way to hide from their emotions, to fill a void they feel inside, and to cope with daily stresses and problems in their lives. People suffering with this eating disorder tend to be overweight, are usually aware that their eating habits are abnormal, but find little comfort from their over-eating because of society’s tendency to stereotype the “overweight” individual. Men and women who are compulsive over-eaters will sometimes hide behind their physical appearance, using it as a blockade against society. They feel guilty for not being “good enough”, shame for being overweight, and generally have a very low self-esteem. They use food and eating to cope with these feelings, which only leads into the cycle of feeling them ten-fold and trying to find a way to cope again. With a low self esteem and often constant need for love and validation, they will turn to obsessive episodes of eating as a way to forget the pain and the desire for affection.

So many of our actions today reflect past events that have not yet been resolved emotionally at both the conscious and unconscious level. Many of the techniques used in NLP are designed to target such events. When these eating disorders are a result of emotional baggage, by resolving these past issues, our thought processes and beliefs are changed. We no longer feel the need to eat or binge as the underlying reasons have now been removed.

NLP can work for you by:-

1. Discussing your eating habits and patterns so we can begin to identify reasons for the disorders.

2. Once these have been established we can look at where these beliefs and reasons originate. On many occasions, past emotional events are the cause of eating disorders.

3. Using various techniques we can stop you eating certain foods altogether or even resolve past emotional history that is generating certain belief systems causing you to eat for the wrong reasons.

4. Sometimes the habit of eating is an unconscious process. By understanding the detailed steps of your habit, we can install additional steps that allow you to choose if you want to eat something or not.