HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Think Yourself Thin for the Autumn in Jersey! Can how much we think affect how much we weigh? Mark Shields takes a closer look... THE FACTS • 80% of us seriously consider dieting every year • 98% put the weight back on within 3 years of dieting Every diet asks us to change our eating habits until we have lost weight Often we starve ourselves and lose weight quickly only to put it all back on twelve months later. I believe what drives us to overeat in the first place takes place in our head. Our thoughts directly affect how we feel and our feelings drive us to over eat.
To enable us to make change in our lives we first need to have the will to want to lose weight and then work on changing our thinking feeling and beliefs to bring about positive and lasting change in helping us shed the pounds. The Effect of Stress Let us first look at how feelings affect how much we weigh. It is common for many people to eat as a result of stress, boredom or general unhappiness. Eating can be the only part of a person’s life where they feel happy and in control. This can result in what we call emotional hunger and binging.
NLP Can Help.
The bodies stress response increases adrenaline and cortisol (bodies stress hormones} which elevates blood sugar levels creating short term highs and long term lows. It is also responsible for cravings for carbs and sugar.
Neuro Linguistic Programming is an excellent strategy for us to bring about a change in our thinking, feelings and beliefs.
The motivation for our eating habits is therefore driven by us trying to feel good and obtaining what we call a serotonin high.
Therefore the long term answer to weight loss lies directly in addressing what goes on in our heads.
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