Brief Introduction to Weight Loss Therapy

Many people with a weight problem are beginning to understand that food is often not the real problem: cravings, overeating and eating the wrong foods are merely a symptom of deeper emotional issues. We literally try to ‘stuff down’ our feelings with food, pacify our feelings with food, or create feelings with food, but unfortunately trying to negate, tranquillise or create our feelings by eating more never works. Many of us can relate to this!

Our emotional issues and triggers often stem from childhood, although they can also be triggered by a traumatic past event or a bad experience. Sometimes we are driven to overeat because our subconscious mind is trying to ‘take us back’ to a time in our lives when we felt safe and loved. Many of us feel guilty, lonely, empty, bored, nervous, anxious and afraid because we have ’emotional blocks’ from the past that need to be cleared in order for us to shift the excess weight. If we don’t clear these blocks, emotional eating will just keep on tripping us up and sabotaging our efforts time and time again. Therefore some type of weight loss therapy is essential if we want to lose weight and keep it off for good.

One approach of weight loss therapy is EFT. Described as ‘a form of acupuncture for the emotions, without the needles’ EFT has been used to combat food cravings and many other emotionally driven issues.

Doctors and psychotherapists are now also using EFT, for weight loss therapy, and many other issues, worldwide, including in some areas of the NHS here in the UK. Dr Phil Mollon PhD, consultant clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage says ‘It can be combined with other more traditional approaches. There is increasing evidence that they can achieve results far beyond those of purely talk-based approaches.’


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