I’ve written at length of the benefits of NLP and clinical hypnotherapy, to create desired behaviours, and mollify unwanted ones.
And a question occurred to me, based on a conversation with a senior doctor in Kent, about diet and heart disease.
The lion is not affected by heart disease like we humans. He eats when he’s hungry and stops when he’s full.
I didn’t appreciate the wisdom in those words at the time, as we devoured a lunchtime curry.
Lately, those words have returned to me, like a thief in the night. I am interested in the physiology, that is the function of our bodies when under stress, or adapting to ingest of food and so forth.
The issue of ‘fasting‘ – Ha! You thought the ‘fast fix’ in the title was about speed? No, I was being artfully ambiguous – looms large, thanks to proponents such as Dr Michael Moseley, whom reversed his own diabetes by fasting regimes.
A great deal is misunderstood by the term ‘fast’. What is the definition?
Wind back a little and think about ‘breakfast‘ – it is nothing more than the breaking of the fast, which occurred during your sleep. How easy was that fast to perform? How much willpower did it require?
None. Exactly. So fasting need not require willpower, if you do it right. Interesting research suggests that if you avoid late night and early hours eating during your fasting sleep, you will keep weight off and even lose it, if you are a night eater.
Moreover, if you can extend that fast to say 12-16 hours, you may appreciate even greater weight loss, more energy, owing to fewer insulin growth factor blood sugar spikes, and feel better in yourself.
So what does this mean? It could mean have a cup of black tea/coffee/water for breakfast. Have brunch say, at 10.30-11.00, and your main meal at 18:30-19:00. And that’s it.
No more drinking wine/beer/juices after this 8-hour window. Basically, consume all your calories/energy during this large window, and you may lose weight; even if you’re consuming the same amount.
Some recommend doing this 2 days every week, such as the 5:2 diets, in their various guises.
Others eat in this window by force of habit, and report all manner of health benefits. Like the lion that only eats when he is hungry.
Hypnotherapy and NLP can help you change your attitude to certain foods, and reduce those automatic behaviours, like reaching for the choccies after a meal, or heading to the fridge each time you go into the kitchen; even if the purpose wasn’t for food.
Hypnotherapy can also help alleviate the underlying causes of so-called ‘comfort eating’ by replacing unhelpful patterns of behaviour with positive ones that will help you lose and maintain a healthier weight, with equally healthy, kinder thoughts to ensure you get the most out of life.
To conclude, ‘fasting’ need not be the bugbear of losing weight. It has been showed to offer remarkable benefits, and if done in conjunction with your natural sleep cycle ie eating later in the morning and earlier in the evening, will help you lose weight effortlessly.
If you want some help with the intrusive, obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviours around food, talk to me about your options for a slimmer, healthier and happier life…