With Slender For Life™ weight loss hypnosis you can stop stress eating. When life’s saber-toothed tigers are chasing you, foods filled with fat, salt and sugar can give you a brief moment of numbing out. But, like any other addiction, what one cookie used to do now takes 4. The more you repeat this stress eating behavior, the more your body becomes hooked on it and when you try to stop the stress eating, your body goes into withdrawal, creating stress and then you again give in to the cookies.
Hypnosis for weight loss can help you end stress eating and help you create healthy new behaviors to manage stress and help you to lose weight.
You can stop stress eating
Since eating—and especially eating junk food—as a response to stress is so prevalent, it will take conscious effort on your part to squelch that impulse and substitute healthier behaviors.
There are three steps in overcoming stress eating. The first step is to learn new stress coping skills. Using CD 2 Track 7 as well as listening to CD 6 Track 2 and 3 (Stress Buster) will allow you to become calm and relaxed in difficult situations.
Step 1. Learn the Relaxation Response. That is, any time you begin to feel any tension, anxiety or fear, you automatically take a deep breath. As you exhale, you feel a wave of calmness and relaxation come over you and you are in control. This hypnotic suggestion is installed into your subconscious behavior strategies by listening to your CDs.
Step 2. For each kind of situation that usually causes you to become stressed or upset, create three positive new activities you can do instead of eating. You then select from one of the three new behaviors and by doing so, take your mind away from the cause of the stress.
Most people have three or four primary causes or situations that trigger their stress eating. Under each category on the worksheet (see Page 121), list at least three different activities that would be appropriate to choose from in each of the different circumstances. For instance, if one of your top three stress triggers is dealing with your boss, then under dealing with your boss you might list: run an errand, make a cup of tea, drink a glass of water. Other examples of homebased activities might be: going for a walk, calling a friend, listening to music, reading a book or playing your Slender for Life™ CDs. And of course, using your Light Switch Self-hypnosis.
Stewart tended to get easily upset by traffic problems during his long, daily commutes. Unfortunately, his route took him past an endless array of fast food fixes. He frequently told himself, as he whipped into the Dairy Queen drive-through, “Well as long as I have to wait, I might as well enjoy it.” After he did the worksheet, he realized he had other options. Now Stewart enjoys books on tape while he commutes, and he altered his route to bypass the biggest concentration of temptations. And several days a week he goes in early, so he can leave early and cut his driving time in half.
Sandra, like so many others, succumbed every evening to the visual stimulation of food commercials on TV. Once she started monitoring her behavior, she noticed the desire to snack was worse when she watched certain programs. She was able to find a very creative solution that also meant she spent less time parked in front of the tube. She bought a TiVo, a digital video recording device that allows her to zip past the commercials and yet still watch programs on the night they air. She also figured out a number of other things she can do while she watches TV that keep her hands busy and keep her mind from wandering to the refrigerator. One night a week she makes a big production of doing her nails, another night she grooms her dog in her lap, and on another she does mending and sewing projects she’s put off for ages. By multi-tasking those chores she’s also creating some quality time for herself.
The key to success with this is to have multiple alternatives in place, so when you feel yourself weakening from stress, you’ll already know what else you can do besides eat.
Step 3. Whenever you interrupt an old behavior pattern you create an opportunity for a conscious choice to control your actions.
By developing a stop/interrupt response, you create a kind of back up insurance measure by retraining your mind to visualize a stop sign any time you think of or reach for food in a stressful situation. This interrupts your behavior long enough for you to decide if it would be wise and appropriate to eat that particular food at that time.
Try using the stop/interrupt response prior to taking the first bite of a meal or a snack. In so doing, you are brought into the present time so you may eat consciously, rather than wandering off somewhere else in another trance.
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