Ever wonder why you unconsciously turn to food? Whether it is bills to pay, a fight with an ex, a dispute with your supervisors at work, or worrying about your kids, these things seem to ‘trigger’ something that has you opening the refrigerator door.
Something in the back of your mind tells you that are you turning to food for comfort and that you shouldn’t be feeding this habit, right up until you toss the empty pint of ice cream into the recycle bin.
In 1990 only 4 states had obesity rates over 10%. (body mass index of 30+). Now, 26 years later, EVERY state in America has an obesity rate of over 20%!! If you live in Arkansas, West Virginia, or Mississippi that rate is sadly over 35%. What the hell happened?
This trend is nothing short of alarming, and the shocking part is, our population has never been more into dieting and exercise than at in any other point in our history. People are scrambling to lose weight. Entire TV shows are dedicated to showing you how to eat healthy and create health-minded dishes at home, book after book comes out with special ways to lose weight and apps are developed to keep your waistline slim…but nothing is working.
I have been researching this phenomena for over 20 years, while working with thousands of clients in clinical settings to figure out exactly what the underlying cause(s) are, and most importantly, what we can do to fix them.
My conclusion is that the #1 cause of obesity is stress. To understand this we need to understand how we are experiencing stress like never before. Generally speaking, ‘stress’ is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. To be more practical, stress is a nervous system response to external circumstances or objects that require some sort of change. It is the product of living off of the earth in an artificial environment. In short, everything we do and experience in our modern world causes various forms of stress.
When your cell phone goes off, that is a form of stress. When you are driving your car, that is stress. Watching the news causes stress. All day long we experience very mild forms of stress and quite often very acute intense levels of stress. Is this stress a big deal? And how does this relate to gaining weight?
Lets go back a few thousand years. When your ancestors were alive there were only infrequent and intense forms of stress that demanded a biological response. There were tigers, wars, and famine… but no cell phones, cars, or cubicles. Our ancestors would experience a life-threatening stress that often meant that there would be no food available for some time. How did their body respond? By stimulating a strong impulse to eat as much food as possible so that they could store up fuel. It was a survival mechanism for the species, plain and simple.
This hard wiring will take many, many generations to change… except for those who can hack their genetic conditioning. Through guided hypnosis it is possible to deactivate this wiring so that the non-life-threatening stresses that occur many times a day do not trigger an eating response.
For many of our clients this has been nothing short of a miracle. When you come in for a free consultation I will show you how this works. With some good coaching and guided hypnosis you will have a special inside-track to weight loss that not many people know about!