Maybe there is just a lot of bad eating self hypnosis in Atlanta. Almost all my weight loss clients seem to have a special little program in the unconscious mind that tells them that since it is a special occasion or a holiday like Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July, or Arbor day, that it is fine, just this time, to overeat.
The regrets arrive later, special delivery from the same unconscious mind that got them to overeat in the first place. It hardly seems fair…or controllable.
My client “Roger” was losing weight. He would eat until full, and regularly took half his sandwich home from lunch, something he had never done before starting his hypnosis weight loss program. He used to eat it all, because “it still tasted good”.
However, on special occasions Roger was still finding himself eating the second half of the sandwich, event though he was physically satisfied. He would tell himself that it tasted good, it was a special occasion, and that he really did not care about his weight at that moment. And before bed that night he felt guilty, and regretted his overeating. The next “special” day he did the same thing all over again.
While he was in hypnosis, Roger was given the suggestion that as soon as he started to tell himself that it was a special occasion and he did not care about his weight, he was to vividly feel all the feeling and thoughts of regret and guilt that follow overeating. Hypnosis amplifies the imagination and feelings, so the idea of overeating on special occasions became suddenly and permanently unattractive.
Now on special occasions Roger eats until he is physically satisfied and stops. The suggestions in hypnosis actually helped him get more satisfaction and pleasure from eating less. After he finishes, his stomach feels comfortably full. He has energy for the rest of the day, because there is no more of that sluggish, overfull sensation. And, he feels happy about the amount of food he has eaten before bed at night.