“Why You Can’t Lose Weight on a Diet,” is the headline of a recent editorial, responding to the current Biggest Loser story in the New York Times.
The article mostly reiterated what the original story stated: That science prevents dieter’s from achieving permanent weight loss.
The point is that dieting creates hormones that increase hunger, so after you lose weight, you’re actually hungrier than you were before. Additionally, dieting causes your metabolism to slow down so you gain weight even though you’re eating less food.
Much of the article argued that whether you remain obese or not, you won’t have a health advantage. The only changes that can reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes are exercise and reducing stress, according to the article, Long-term Effects of Dieting: Is Weight Loss Related to Health?
Finally, author Sandra Aamodt’s article concludes that the only way to lose weight is by not dieting, but rather by eating mindfully and only when you’re physically hungry.
I agree 100%. The only piece missing from the article was how to do that. How do you transform a mentality of dieting and deprivation as the only alternative to binge eating and out of control eating?
It has to begin in the subconscious. As children we form attachments to certain foods. When you scraped your knee and went into the kitchen, crying, what did Mommy or Daddy offer you to help you with that scraped knee? A cookie!
And it worked, didn’t it? You forgot all about that scraped knee and went back outside playing. You learned early in life that the activity of eating will solve your problems and make you feel better.
The attachment you have to food for comfort and love is deeply rooted in your subconscious mind. These attachments often override your conscious understanding that rich, sugary foods are bad for you.
The Times’ editorial acknowledges that we are all influenced by advertising, super-sizing and all you can eat buffets. The issue is how can you counter this type of marketing?
You can override society’s messages that encourage over-eating, abundant social eating, rewarding yourself with food and eating foods with no nutritional value for “fun.”
These advertising messages are a powerful form of hypnosis and the only way to break free from their power over you is to hypnotize yourself by taking control of your own mind.
To successfully over-write these negative influences, you can get into a new positive habit of giving yourself positive suggestions about your own relationship with food, and the new, healthy lifestyle you are adopting.
Like almost everything else in life, you’re relationship with food to a large degree depends on your inner self-talk. Self-hypnosis is a way to give yourself new, positive messages about yourself and food.
Your brain responds to the things you tell yourself. If you are lusting for cookies, candy or donuts, you are going to create impulses in your brain that cause you to desire these foods.
These impulses will actually cause you to salivate and obsess about these foods. The old dieting mentality is that you must give in to these obsessions to quell the desires.
But experience will point out that the opposite is true. The more you eat these foods the more you will want them. In getting my own Sugar Divorce and creating the successful Sugar Divorce program, I discovered that the only way to stop wanting harmful foods is to stop eating them.
For over 25 years, I have provided weight loss hypnosis programs in over 75 hospitals, where I guide people through a powerful self-hypnosis experience to cause them to change the way they think about food subconsciously.
I have seen thousands of people at my group weight loss programs, who then use my reinforcement at home weight loss hypnosis cd, to completely change their inner messages about food and lose weight permanently.
Maybe the Biggest Loser can’t produce permanent weight loss because the approach is nothing more than crash dieting and extreme exercising.
But, on the other hand, those of us who struggle with sugar addiction and food addiction and subsequent weight gain should never give up. There is an answer and the answer lies in the incredible power of your deeper heart and mind to heal your thoughts, actions and quality of life.
I completely disagree with the Times articles’ suggestions to just give up. Self-acceptance is a very important attribute, but it shouldn’t get in the way of trying to step into a better, healthier and higher expression of yourself.
Ultimately, the only way to have success and lose weight permanently is to eat mindfully, consciously with awareness. Through tapping into your own inner power, and re-programming old messages that no longer serve you, mindful eating can become second nature.
Questions? Comments? Please comment below. I am happy to support you!
To Your Health & Happiness,
Rena Greenberg has had the privilege over the last 25+ years to work with over 100,000 people in 75 medical centers to help them lose weight without surgery.