Medical science research at Tufts-New England Medical Center has proven that all diets are effective if you can stick to them. Atkins - low carb; The Zone - low glycemic index; Ornish - low fat; Weight Watchers - low calorie.
But researchers have also proven that almost no one can stick to any diet because of his or her appetite. So to be successful with a diet, weight loss requires appetite suppression.
Webster's Dictionary defines "Appetite" as: "The desire for gratification of some want, craving, or passion." So "appetite" is eating and drinking for relaxation and pleasure.
Many people confuse appetite with hunger. Hunger is defined as "The body's call for nourishment." In other words, when the body needs sustenance, that's when you feel genuine hunger. By that differentiation, it is almost impossible for a person who is overweight to "be hungry."
it is possible for you to have feelings that you interpret
as "hunger." And the stomach contracting in
expectation of being fed causes those feelings.
When you were an infant in
a cranky mood, mom would give you a bottle of warm milk to
calm you down. The bottle would distract you and calm you,
and often you’d fall asleep. That sequence of events was
repeated hundreds of times, so that at the unconscious level
of mind, putting something into your mouth was be paired
That pairing created what is
know as a conditioned response.
Because of that conditioning, now
that you are an adult, when you become stressed or nervous,
you experience oral cravings. And when you put something
into your mouth, you become more relaxed.
People Also Get Cravings
and Urges Because Of Conditioning.
Similarly, when you
associate consuming food with an environment or an activity,
after a few repetitions it creates a conditioned response. A
good example would be if you eat when you watch TV. After a
few repetitions, when you sit down to watch TV, you feel an
urge to eat.
What About Compulsive
Overeaters Who Eat Because Of Emotional Reasons?
We define a compulsion as
an "irresistible impulse." One of the
presuppositions of NLP is: All behaviors are driven by a
positive intention. In other words, our mind only motivates
behaviors that benefit or protect us in some way. So in NLP
terms, being fat is a behavior when it provides a positive
outcome for us.
You must be wondering what
the possible positive outcomes of being fat could possibly
be. The list is as long as the list of people who have an
appetite that is out of control. But I'll give you a classic
example: A person gets their heart broken in a relationship.
So to protect the self from getting the heart broken again,
the unconscious motivates the self to become fat to keep the
self out of relationships and prevent another broken heart.
A big secret to suppressing
your appetite is called reframing. With an NLP six-step
weight loss reframe, we respect the fact that the
unconscious is pushing us to consume extra food for
relaxation and pleasure. And if we are eating compulsively
because being fat is protecting us, we respect that also.
In an NLP reframe we
compromise with our subconscious mind. In the scenario of
eating for relaxation and pleasure, we ask our subconscious
to assume the responsibility for substituting some other
behaviors. The alternate behaviors must be as effective and
available at providing the same relaxation and pleasure. But
they must also be more acceptable to us on a conscious
level. When the unconscious is motivating us into alternate
behaviors that provide the relaxation and pleasure that we
require - we lose our appetite on this score.
If you are an emotional
eater we do an additional reframe. We ask your unconscious
mind to assume responsibility for finding new behaviors in
place of being overweight. These new behaviors must be as
effective and available at providing the same positive
outcomes. But they must be behaviors that are more
consciously acceptable to you. When your subconscious mind
is motivating you into alternate behaviors that provide the
same protections that you require, you lose the urge to
As far as feeling cravings
because of conditioning (conditioned responses), we utilize
various NLP and hypnotic techniques that erase those
conditioned responses. That breaks the connection between
the behaviors, and dissolves the urges and feelings of
As soon as your appetite
has been eliminated and any compulsion to overeat has been
dealt with, you can easily stick to any diet that you chose
on an indefinite basis so that it becomes a permanent
Compulsive overeating and
appetite suppression is a complex topic. I can only broach
the surface of it in this article. You can read several
additional articles on this topic on my website.
© 2007 By Alan B. Densky.
This document may NOT be re-printed. All Rights
B. Densky, CH opened his practice since 1978. He
specializes in the use of Ericksonian
hypnosis & NLP for losing weight, and Video
NLP/hypnosis for appetite control. He also provides a
broad range of hypnosis & NLP CD's for a broad range of
other topics and can be reached through his hypnotherapy