One of the major problems of modern society is the increasing number of overweight people in the world. A growing number of theworld populace is getting overweight because of the improved food supply and the increasing income of families. Yet, being overweight is just okay if it does not cause any health problem.
On the contrary, it does and for this reason, overweight people are advised by experts to shed some of their extra fats and weight to avoid the health risks posed by being overweight. Yet, the question now for those people is: "Which methods of weight loss is the most effective way of losing weight?" There are a number of popular weight loss programs, and in this article, some alternative methods of remedying obesity and overweight are discussed.
What is the Psychological Roots of Being Overweight?
There is strong evidence in the psychology that obesity and being overweight is primarily rooted in our mental programs. Usually, we consider that eating too much is simply the culprit behind obesity. This is because food is addictive, just like alcohol, drugs, shopping. However, most addictions have psychological roots and these psychological roots can be associated with programs we have imbibed in our growing-up process.
Once these programs gained foothold into the mind, they can naturally instigate some of our addictive actions.
If we also look at the effects of negative emotions on ourselves, we could say that even negative emotions by themselves can really make us cling to our body calories instead of using them up. This implies that even though we are not eating that much, the consumption of our body calories is hampered by negative emotions. Thus, our usual habits of being stressed can always lead us to weight gain. Scientifically, the cortisol is produced by our body when we experience negative emotions.
It is a stress hormone which increases abdominal fat, increases appetite, and lessens our ability to burn calories.Thus, we could say that it is easy to gain weight when we are stressed.But being stressed can become habitual and once it becomes habitual, it becomes second nature to us.
Acupuncture as an Alternative Means of Losing Weight
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine. It is based on the idea in the body, the universal energy “qi” flows naturally along the different body meridians, giving life and vitality to a person. However, sickness and maladies occur when there are blockages in the flow of the “qi.” Thus, needles are inserted along the meridians to remove the blockages.
Acupuncture is believed to remedy obesity because, as said earlier, negative emotions and mental programs may lead us to becoming overweight. Acupuncture likewise believes that negative emotions and mental programs are blockages in the flow of the “qi” and acupuncturists even believe that obesity is rooted in these blockages in the natural flow of the “qi.” Unblocking these blockages can lead to the smooth flow of the “qi” and a renewed vitality and healthy lifestyle.
Different Forms of Meditations
Meditation is the process of putting the mind in the alpha wave state which is the relaxed state of the mind. There are different forms of meditation, but it would suffice to say here that if negative emotions play a vital role in our becoming overweight, meditation—which puts us into a relaxed state of mind—can be a possible help in getting rid of obesity. A relaxed state of mind simply creates a relaxed body and in the relaxed state of the mind and body, the body productions of chemicals which cause us to increase abdominal fat, increase appetite, and lessen our ability to burn calories will be greatly diminished.
Hypnosis as an Alternative Method for Weight Loss
Hypnosis is an altered mental state in which a person experiences heightened concentration and focus and wherein he/she can intensely concentrate on a specific idea or thought while at the same time, blocking out distractions. The process is induced by the procedure of hypnotic induction which includes suggestions and instructions by hypnotist into the mind of the subject. The process of healing a person using hypnosis is referred to as hypnotherapy.
Accessing our Mental Programs through Hypnosis
There are many ways by which we can know our subconscious programs. We can be aware of them if we listen to our self-talk. We can also access these mental programs via hypnosis, and for this reason, we claim that hypnosis for weight loss is a viable option. The hypnotherapist usually works on a client by putting the client in a “trance” or altered mental state through suggestions into his/her mind.
Once in the trance state, the hypnotherapist can readily suggest ideas into the mind, which if done on a regular basis, can become new mental programs. Say for instance, a hypnotherapist can suggest concepts such as: “Overeating is bad to one's health,” “Discipline leads to a healthy lifestyle,” or “Exercise is good for the body.” These simple concepts, when suggested often into the mind, can readily alter our attitudes such as “overeating when lonely.” Little by little, the positive programs, if regularly suggested and infused into the subconscious mind can become the new motivating programs of our actions and may lead to new lifestyle and renewed vigor. In this way, hypnosis plays a vital role in altering the old programs of addictions in favor of new and positive mental programs.