In my years of experience as a therapist in private practice in Miami Beach, I have found a correlation between anxiety and weight.
Another major cause of anxiety is WEIGHT. The common thinking is that weight is often caused by stress and anxiety. But I see something VERY interesting in my practice. Often people become so stressed out, so anxious, so shamed by the weight itself, that it creates tremendous anxiety in them. Often, they often try to soothe this anxiety over weight gain with more food, leading to a revolving door of more weight and more anxiety.
Just today I saw a young woman who told me that she had ten pounds of after baby weight to lose. That in itself wasn’t a problem, but she experienced so much anxiety, and disturbance about the extra weight, that she put on another thirty pounds before understanding what was happening!
In the near future I will be releasing my CD on hypnosis and weight issues. Hypnosis can be very helpful for weight problems. In addition, meditation and visualization are very helpful and important. There are a few very useful books which teach mindful meditation and weight loss, to help people slow down and be more aware of what they are eating.
I find these three things MOST helpful with weight issues and plan to use them on my next CD. I believe all three are highly useful when used in combination.
Taking the time, at the beginning of the day, and BEFORE each meal, to envision in detail what one will be eating. This can take a lot of discipline at first, but one can eventually become used to doing this, and since it really only takes a minute or two to do, it can be an incredibly helpful and easy habit. Visualizing oneself being very careful with food choices before every meal and snack and party can be an amazing tool!
This is a tremendous way embedding suggestions of careful and controlled eating, especially useful when in tandem with these other tools.
Learning mindful meditation techniques to accomplish careful, controlled, mindful eating.
Here are some books on meditation, hypnosis and weight loss that I highly recommend:
- Meditating to Maintain a Healthy Body Weight by Lawrence Leshan.
- Personal Change through Self Hypnosis. Pam Young
- Keep it off. Brian Allman