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Weight-Loss! and How Can Hypnotherapy Can Eliminate Weight-Loss Problems!

Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Well, there are many reasons why you can’t lose weight and they are many, below is a list of things that contribute to not being able to lose weight which you can find by searching google. And this is only a small sample of what is out there on the web.

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  • Not eating enough protein
  • Eating too many calories
  • Not eating whole foods
  • Not lifting weights
  • Emotional eating
  • You're not doing cardio
  • Still drinking sugar
  • You're not sleeping well
  • Eating too much carbohydrates
  • Eating too often
  • Not drinking water
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • You're not eating mindfully
  • Addicted to junk food
  • Been starving yourself for too long
  • Too focused on dieting

So how is this going to help me lose weight? Well, it won’t help it may point you in a direction to analyse where your diet is wrong or has a problem but this is not really the reason why most people cannot lose weight.

To put it as simply as I can people cannot change their diet and the way they relate to food in the long-term meaning you cannot stick to a new diet you will always revert back to your default diet that you learned your whole life, and it’s your default diet that causes you to be overweight.

What Are the Causes of Weight-Loss Problems?

Over the years I have discovered that there are a few areas of a diet and our relationship to food that need to be looked at seeing if they need to be changed so you can lose weight. These are the things I look for when I am helping clients to help them with being able to lose weight.

  • Skipping meals
  • Eating too much at main meals
  • Unable to leave food on plate
  • Unable to throw food out
  • Snacking too many times during day (emotional eating)
  • Consuming the wrong foods (fast food, carbohydrates, lollies, sweets, sugar, etc…)
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Eating at inappropriate times
  • Using food as a reward
  • Lack of exercise

Skipping Meals

This can be a problem because of it sending confusing signals to your body’s metabolism because it thinks it’s in a famine so it slows down to conserve energy and stores food as fat. Another problem with this is that people will then get so hungry they gorge on food and eat way too much because they are so hungry, or they may snack instead to compensate for skipping a meal.

Eating Too Much at Main Meals

This is obvious if you eat too much you’re taking on too many calories and well you put on weight so this doesn’t really need much explanation.

Unable to Leave Food on Plate

So this is a problem because if you cannot leave food on your plate and you put too much on your plate then you're eating too much even if you don’t feel like doing it and usually we tend to put too much on our plate.

Unable to Throw Food Out

This is similar to the above problem in that if you cannot throw food out well, then the only thing you can do is eat it and if you’re buying too much food well, you will overeat or snack and put on weight.

Snacking to Many Times During Day (Emotional Eating)

This is an obvious one if you snack your emotionally eating and of course if you do this a couple of times a day this can lead to weight gain especially if you snack on junk food which is dense in calories.

Consuming the Wrong Foods (Fast Food, Carbohydrates, Lollies, Sweets, Sugar Etc…)

If you’re eating the wrong types of food that are dense in calories and they may also be empty calories because the food has no nutritional value at all like fizzy drinks. This will lead to weight gain and this type of junk food can become addictive, especially sugar. Try going without sugar for two months and then try to drink a coke and you probably won’t be able to because it tastes so sickly sweet. Fast food is laden with sugar and fat.

Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Alcohol is densely laden with calories with no nutritional value at all so you can consume large amounts and this also means huge quantities of calories which will lead to weight gain.

Eating at Inappropriate Times

This can also lead to weight gain especially if you eat close to going to bed or waking up in the middle of the night and eating, because your body is in sleep mode it’s not needing much energy so all these calories will usually be laid down as fat.

Using Food as a Reward

This is close to emotional eating but instead of when you feel bad you eat, it can be when you have accomplished something important and you use food to celebrate as a reward, this however usually can get out of control and people use it for small things so they start rewarding themselves regularly so it’s almost like emotional eating (I have stuck to my diet all week so now I can reward myself on the weekend and eat anything I want).

Lack of Exercise

Many people eat too much and don’t exercise at all and their job sees them siting at a computer all day not exercising either so this can also lead to weight gain because you’re not burning off all the food your’e consuming.


The biggest factor in being able to change our diet to lose weight is to change how we feel about our old default diet and also how we feel about the diet we know we need to adopt to lose weight but also keep it off so the aim is to change our diet for life not just to lose weight. You maintain the weight loss you will have to stay on it for the rest of your life. This can only be achieved by dealing with the emotional blocks we have associated with achieving this change.

We like eating certain foods and dislike eating other foods, so when we try to lose weight we have to stop eating foods we like and then eat foods we don’t really like. Then we have to eat less food than we used to eat. This is the crux of the problem emotionally we cannot do this for a very long time that is why people go on diets then stop them and revert back to their old diet. Emotionally, they cannot maintain the diet.

So for people to lose weight and keep it off permanently we have to change the way people feel about their old default diet and how they feel about a diet that will enable them to lose weight and keep it off permanently. So we have to remove positive emotions associated with their old default diet and foods they like and then we need to remove negative emotions associated with the diet and food they don’t like which they have to adopt for them to lose the wight.

Emotional Triggers That May Contribute to Emotionally Eating Leading to Weight-Loss Problems

  • Angry
  • Sad
  • Anxious
  • Guilt
  • Resentment
  • Resentment
  • Shame
  • Useless
  • Not good enough
  • Worthless
  • Unlovable
  • Lost
  • Helpless
  • Trapped
  • Confused
  • Lonely
  • Isolated
  • Failure
  • Exhausted
  • Hopeless
  • Numb
  • Empty

Emotional Triggers That May Contribute to Emotionally Eating Leading to Weight-Loss Problems

  • Excited
  • Joy
  • Love
  • Yummy
  • Family
  • Togetherness
  • Comfort

Physical Signs That May Contribute to Emotional Eating and Weight-Loss Problems

  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Tummy aches, churning stomach
  • Difficulty sleeping and nightmares
  • Feeling tense, wound up and edgy
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches

Current Statistics

In 2011-12, over 2.3 million Australians (13%) aged 15 years and over reported that they were on a diet to lose weight or for some other health reason. This included 15% of females and 11% of males. Being on a diet was most prevalent among 51-70 year olds where 19% of females and 15% of males were on some kind of diet.

Around two-thirds of people who reported being on a diet (or 8.9% of the population aged 15 years and over), indicated they were on a diet to lose weight (including for health reasons and to lose weight), while 4.2% of the population were on a diet for other health reasons alone.

Around half (49%) of people on a diet described the type of diet they were on as Weight loss or low calorie, with a higher proportion of female dieters being on a Weight loss or low-calorie diet than men (53% and 44% respectively). The type of diet also varied by age group, with people aged 71 years and over most likely to report being on a Diabetic diet (31%) or Low fat / cholesterol diet (30%). In contrast, younger people aged 15-30 years were more likely to be on a weight loss or low-calorie diet (55%) or a high protein diet (21%).


One in four (25%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese in 2017–18 2 in 3 (67%) adults were overweight or obese in 2017–18—36% were overweight but not obese and 31% were obese. In 2017–18, 38% of adults in the lowest socioeconomic areas were obese, compared with 24% in the highest. Australia had the 8th highest proportion of overweight or obese adults aged 15 and over among 23.

Testimonials

Weight Loss

Weight loss

After seeing Rodney for the second time in 2 years I’ve been able to loose over 17kg by changing the way I think and feel about food. He’s helped me block out that little voice in my head that influences my bad eating habits and has lead me to be in control of my food choices more consciously - without any feelings of guilt, resentment or fear of missing out. Before I saw Rodney I would eat when I was bored, over eat and binge on chocolaty foods. He made me think deeply and clearly as to why I was thinking and feeling the way I was and once that was broken down I could see clearly. I’d highly recommend Rodney’s services to anyone ready to make a positive change in their lives. Thanks again, you’ve truly helped me where no other weight loss program could.

Renee Teacher

Weight Loss

Hi Rodney,

I just wanted to thank you for your amazing work with hypnosis. Since having the first session I’ve noticed a massive difference

in my portion sizes and food choices, I honestly cannot believe the major shift in my lifestyle from the very first session. Having

hypnosis done by many others that have seem to not worked in the past nor carried out into the future, I know that since only having

the session with you that I feel a lot more in control and that I won’t have a problem with food again in the future.

Thank you so so so much!

Ash.

Ashleigh Cole Uni Student

Weight Loss

Hi Rodney.

I wanted to thank you for your help with my eating and weight management.

Being able to tap into all the related feelings, deal with them appropriately and banish them from future scenarios has led me to finally feel like I am in control of what I do and how I react to situations that use to get the better of me.

I am eternally grateful for your expertise in allowing me to discover the version of me I wanted to be. It took so little time to sort it out with you and I just wish I had been recommended to you far sooner.

Andrea W. Glen Waverly

Andrea W.

How Do You Develop Weight-Loss Problem?

We learn our weight loss problems from a very early age and it’s usually taught to us by family.
I am sure you remember when you hurt yourself being fed a treat to stop you crying, or being forced to sit at the dinner table until you finish everything on your plate.

Other behaviours you learn by following examples of people around you for example at barbecues guys will tend to eat lots of meat with hardly any salad and women will tend to eat much less meat and lots of salad. So this is a gender bias that we learn from watching adults.

Another major part of this is the repetition, for example in our house every Friday and Saturday night we bought take away like Chinese, Italian from a restaurant. So we were conditioned to buy food on these days. This can also be justified for behaving during the week and this is the reward, it also highlights how we think of the weekend as being different from a week night it was special and we could celebrate it.

As we learn all of these things around food, we also habituate it to the point it’s just what we do now on autopilot without thinking. This is where we get into trouble years later when we might want to change these patterns and well we just can’t.

So let’s go into more detail how we develop these patterns of behaviour which trap us in not being able to lose weight.

We store our emotions in our bodies and they are anchored to our memories. So over time as you have more and more memories or experiences of different emotions, you store these emotions in your body anchored to your memories and you accumulate them.

So imagine emotions are not on or off they are on a scale of say 1–10 so when you’re young your emotional levels is low say a 1 and as you get older and accumulate more memories of different emotions that level goes up to say 3, 6, 7, etc.

You can also anchor these emotions to your thoughts and behaviours so each time you feel a particular way say anxious and eat chocolate well your anchoring that anxiety as a trigger to eat chocolate, and over time it builds up and becomes stronger. So the more emotion you anchor to this food the more you think about it and the more you think about it the more you anchor emotions to it, so it becomes a circular self reinforcement process. This happens with food you like dislike, amount of food you eat, times you eat, rewarding yourself, etc. This then becomes emotional eating when you don’t have a choice but have to eat chocolate when you’re anxious.

So let’s look at food, think of foods you love these can be junk food like chocolate, ice cream, fast-food, etc. Now think of foods you don’t like for me it’s sardines, shellfish, jalapeno. When you think of these two groups of foods, you have completely different emotions and feelings associated with them. Now you can think of lots of different foods and you will different levels of feelings associated with them.

The more you consume a particular food the more you anchor emotions to that food, so this is where people can become addicted to foods that are high in sugar, fat, etc. Because the level of positive emotions have become so great, they cannot help them-self but eat lots of it. Also, the reverse is also true some foods have so much negative emotions anchored to them you cannot eat them or if you are forced to eat food you are have a small dislike for this can over time build up to the point, you just can’t eat it anymore.

Now let’s look at some of the causes of not being able to lose weight that I mentioned above.

Skipping Meals

The reason why people skip meals is sometimes they have a sick feeling when they wake up in morning and cannot bring them self to eat, sometimes they feel anxious and when people are anxious, they cannot eat they don’t feel like it, sometimes they are just in such a rush they just don’t bother. Each time they do this they anchor more of the emotions to the behaviour and the more they anchor the stronger it becomes.

Eating Too Much at Main Meals

We have a feeling of being satisfied after eating and most people will not feel satisfied until they are completely full, they cannot stop when they feel they have eaten enough they have to overeat to the point of bursting and can’t eat any more. This feeling of being satisfied with a particular amount of food can be a problem.

Unable to Leave Food on Plate

Most people find it difficult to leave food on their plate because they feel they are missing out or maybe it’s a waste so this emotions trap them into having to eat everything on the plate even though they may feel full. This is often taught to us as children by our parents who force us to eat everything on our plate “because there are people starving in Africa” they mean well but it’s a really bad lesson they are teaching us. Sometimes it can be cultural as well where leaving food on your plate is a sign of bad manners. We need to be able to leave food on the plate it’s a really importing ability.

Unable to Throw Food Out

This is similar to being “Unable to leave food on plate” above, people often feel that is a waste or they are missing out so they end up having to eat all the food in the house so these emotions block us from being able to throw food out and help us lose weight. Instead, we put on weight, so this is a really important ability to have.

Snacking to Many Times During Day (Emotional Eating)

This is a big one for most people who are at the beck and call of their emotions when they feel bad they eat to try to make themselves feel better often this feeling better only lasts as long as they are eating. They also will tend to eat junk food when feeling bad so they are trying to comfort them-self so we are doubling up eating when we are not hungry and eating food dense in calories and low in nutrition. So we are both trying to escape feeling bad and are simultaneously attracted to the positive feelings associated with snacking and the thoughts of the food.

Consuming the Wrong Foods (Fast Food, Carbohydrates, Lollies, Sweets, Sugar Etc…)

Often we have to many positive emotions associated with these types of junk food we love them and we are attracted to them way more than other foods and obviously this can be a problem because these foods are dense in calories and low in nutrition and will tend to put on lots of weight.

Drinking Too Much Alcohol

This can be a problem if you drink too much and usually people will be attracted to alcohol to make them self feel good and relaxed so some people use it as a stress relief so this operates similar to “emotional eating” above we are trying to make our self feel better and at the same time we have lots of positive emotions associated with drinking alcohol. So it’s like we are both trying to get away from bad emotions and are attracted to positive emotions of feeling better at the same time.

Eating at Inappropriate Times

Sometimes people will eat just before going to bed because they feel they cannot sleep unless they do this, also sometimes they eat too close to bedtime due to work or being in a rush, etc. So the emotion of fear of not sleeping drives them to eat and the feeling of being stressed and not having time to eat earlier in day causes people to eat at inappropriate times. So these emotions need to be dealt with so people start to eat at more appropriate times.

Using Food as a Reward

This is the same as “Snacking” above except now we are not eating when we are feeling bad to feel better we are eating when we feel good because we have associated the emotion of success deserves to be rewarded by eating food. So these emotions of needing to reward our self when we have achieved something has to be stopped to help with weight loss.

Lack of Exercise

People tell me they love exercise it makes them feel good, so the question is why don’t they exercise then? It is simply because when they think of exercising they have a host of negative emotions associated with it like — it’s too cold, I’m tired, it’s wet, it hurts, can’t be bothered, Im embarrassed or ashamed people will judge me. So all these negative emotions stopping them from actually exercising. Once they get there they enjoy it, but they have to get over this negative emotional hurdle first.

Treatments for Weight-Loss Problem

  • Counselling
  • Support groups
  • Meal replacements
  • Prescription weight-loss medication
  • Endoscopic procedures for weight loss
  • Adjustable gastric banding
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Gastric sleeve
  • Vagal nerve blockade

How Can Hypnotherapy Eliminate Weight-Loss Problem?

Hypnotherapy that is designed to work with emotions and eliminate emotions is very effective in eliminating Weight-Loss Problems.

However, most hypnotherapy approaches don’t work to eliminate emotions in this way most hypnotherapists work by introducing suggestions into your subconscious mind to change your thoughts and hence your behaviours, so it can work great with behaviour problems but not emotions. Unfortunately, most hypnotherapists are taught this behavioural suggestion type of hypnosis.

Fortunately, I am trained in how to work with emotions, more importantly how to remove them, and this is the key to eliminating Weight-Loss Problems.

I have been working with clients for years helping them eliminate their weight-loss problems by using hypnotherapy and other neuro-hypnotic re-patterning techniques.

This is achieved by removing or disconnecting the emotions from your memories; Remember, you store your emotions in your body anchored to your memories. So using these techniques, we can make your memories emotionless.

So we will remove all emotions that trigger your weight-loss problems like anxiety, anger, sad, worthless, etc.

At the end of my hypnotherapy sessions as a test I get the client to go back to all their bad memories and try to get any old emotions associated with them back, but hey cannot get any emotion associated with these memories, they just feel blank or neutral. I also will get them to test a variety of contexts in their life such as work, self, relationships, future, etc. But all of these different contexts and memories are the same they just feel blank or neutral.

Finally, I will get them to think about each of the areas that stop them from losing weight and try to get back any of the old emotional blocks.

  • Skipping meals
  • Eating too much at main meals
  • Unable to leave food on plate
  • Unable to throw food out
  • Snacking too many times during day (emotional eating)
  • Consuming the wrong foods (fast food, carbohydrates, lollies, sweets, sugar, etc…)
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Eating at inappropriate times
  • Using food as a reward
  • Lack of exercise

When they check all of these areas above, they will not being able to get any of the old emotions associated with these various areas that used to block them from losing weight they will feel blank, for instance, when they think of all the junk food they used to love eating they will have no emotions anchored to them at all it will be blank, so they won’t feel like eating them or even miss them when they don’t eat them.

So at the end of the session these clients no longer have the weight-loss problem and are now able to change how they eat and what they eat and be able to stick to it permanently, losing weight and keeping it off.

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