Are You a “Yo-yo” Dieter?
By Phil Rosenbaum
Is “yo-yo” dieting a problem for you? Have you ever gone on a diet, lost a fair amount of weight, but then gained most, if not all, of it back? If this has happened to you, you are not alone. People spend enormous amounts of money to help them lose weight. People have tried many diet programs, joined a gym, or taken various exercise classes to drop the unwanted pounds. Unfortunately, after all the valiant efforts, the weight finds a way of returning. Think of all the money spent, not to mention all the energy expended. After all that work, you are no better off than when you began..
According to data by Marketdata Enterprises, a market research firm that tracks niche industries, Americans spend over 60 billion dollars each year trying to lose pounds. With all the wonderful diets, great exercise equipment, terrific coaches, and amazing array of classes, why are we not more successful? What is the problem?
Sometimes, a person opts for a diet that is too extreme. Not surprisingly, the individual cannot sustain the diet, and he or she quits and regains the weight. Or perhaps, after initial success some event occurs to derail one’s best intentions.
One of the problems with food is that it is used for so many different reasons. For example, people often use it to celebrate wonderful occasions. However, they also use it for comfort when things are not going well. Many people were brought up with the belief they need to “clean their plate.” Considering how much food is served at restaurants, cleaning your plate means eating a great deal more than you need.
There are many other reasons why people are overweight. One big factor involves stress. Many people find themselves eating more food than is necessary to help them cope with stressful situations. Sometimes people eat to deal with uncomfortable emotions such as boredom, anxiety, anger, or loneliness. At times, people eat food as a way to numb themselves from painful situations.
In addition to the above, there are also deeper reasons why people overeat. Many people have been abused during childhood, and they may well use excess weight as a means of protection. Or perhaps a relationship did not go well, and the person overeats to avoid getting hurt again.
As you can see, there are many different reasons why people overeat. However, unless one deals with the real cause of the problem, it is not very likely that a diet will be successful. If a person believes that food is the only way of coping with a difficult situation, there is little chance of being successful with a diet until the belief is changed.
Diet alone is not the answer. The problem is, “why is the person overeating?” One needs to find the root cause of the eating problem. Once this is understood, the person can find better, healthier ways of dealing with the problematic situation. Counseling and therapy can be very helpful to get to the source of the problem, but there is another way that is very effective, and it may require a lot less time and money. This is with the use of clinical hypnosis. The reason hypnosis is so helpful is that it can access the subconscious mind in order to get to the underlying cause.
There was a very interesting study conducted by endocrinologist, Hans Selye, the expert on stress, and Naomi O’Keefe, PhD, in clinical psychology. In this study the researchers found that with 600 sessions of psychoanalysis, 38% of patients reported recovery from their conditions. Using behavior therapy, 72% improved after 22 sessions. However, with the use of hypnosis, there was a 93% success rate after only 6 sessions (This study was reported in American Health Magazine).
As you can see from the study, not only is hypnosis effective, but it also requires a lot less time to see improvements. If you are tired of spending lots of time and money on dieting efforts that do not last, maybe hypnosis is what you are looking for. If you would like to learn more about hypnosis, please call Phil Rosenbaum at 248-688-6469. This could be the answer you are looking for.