As we go through the holiday season this year you may notice that some people seem to indulge in holiday feasts and not gain weight, while others seem to easily pack on extra pounds. This is one example of how our body’s weight has more to do with our subconscious mind (which operates the body) than it does with merely what we eat and drink. The subconscious mind will direct how the body processes what is consumed and how it manages its resources to create what it feels is needed for safety and survival.
Studies have shown that over 90% of people who go on a diet and lose weight end up gaining it back. According to one analysis, more than 80% eventually ended up gaining back more than they had lost. The body will hold extra weight when it has excessive toxins (which are sequestered in fat tissues) and when there are emotional and mental patterns that create the need for excess weight or cushioning. Releasing those mental and emotional patterns will lead the body to release weight, with or without any change in diet or exercise habits. Of course, some exercise and eating natural foods in balanced ratios and portions can support the body’s functioning, but if you are eating healthy but filled with psychological stress that stress may cause your body to release its own hormones that promote weight gain and fat accumulation. The stress will also make it difficult to stick with a healthy lifestyle, as many people use eating as a way of finding comfort when stressed.
Building fat reserves is a survival mechanism for animals. When it is difficult to find much food animals must rely on what has been stored up for survival. Modern humans in affluent societies may not face famine and starvation, but when they feel unsafe, insecure, or unfulfilled, the subconscious mind will often activate the fat accumulation program since it believes using that instinct will help. In order to turn off that program one must recognize and release the feelings and unconscious beliefs that are tied to that program.
For those struggling to lose weight, it may be time to look for the root of the pattern rather than continuing to struggle. Using practices such as meditation, hypnotherapy, and energy psychology to connect with the subconscious mind can help access the roots of weight accumulation programming. You can find the feelings, emotions, and thought patterns that are “feeding” your subconscious desire to put on weight. This provides an opportunity to let your subconscious mind see that it’s OK now to let those feelings go, and replace the old programs with new ones that help you feel secure and content with a more slim physique.
Hypnosis is a popular method used to facilitate weight loss. The more thorough hypnosis based weight loss programs will not only use hypnosis to shift your eating and exercise habits, but will also use it to address the emotional patterns and memories that have led to weight accumulation in the first place. Ideally you will permanently release your excess weight, not “lose” it. When you lose something, you feel something is missing and you try to get it back or regain it. You consciously or unconsciously try to recover it. Thus, many people who “lose” weight unconsciously seek to regain it. Letting go of a mis-applied program for extra security or protection can help you feel that the ideal weight is one that is safe and comfortable and that there is nothing lost or missing.
If you have sought to reduce your weight in the past and failed to get lasting results, perhaps this new understanding of how our subconscious mind manages our weight can help prepare you to make a permanent, healthy transformation in your mind and body.