Binge eating disorder (BED) is a severe disorder characterised by recurrent episodes of uncontrollable eating, such as comfort eating, even when not hungry, and a sense of shame, guilt, and distress afterwards. People with BED often consume large amounts of food quickly, sometimes to the point of feeling physically uncomfortable. This can lead to weight gain, obesity, and various physical and mental health problems.
The good news is there are many treatment options available to control unhealthy eating habits, including therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes, hypnotherapy is emerging as a promising approach to help people with BED overcome their struggles with food.
What causes eating disorders?
Binge eating is a complex issue that can have many underlying causes, including emotional stress, low self-esteem, trauma, and unhealthy relationships with food. Although experts tend to believe it’s a combination of environmental, phycological and genetic factors.
Can hypnotherapy stop binge eating?
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis to access the subconscious mind and create positive changes in behaviour, emotions, and beliefs. During a hypnotherapy session, a trained hypnotherapist will guide the patient into a relaxed, trance-like state and use suggestion and visualisation techniques to help them overcome negative thought patterns and behaviours.
An end to negative thoughts
One of the primary benefits of hypnotherapy for binge eating is that it can help patients identify and address the underlying emotional issues contributing to their disorder. Hypnotherapy can help patients develop a more positive self-image and overcome the guilt, shame, and self-criticism often accompanying binge eating.
Developing a healthy relationship with food
Hypnotherapy can also help patients develop healthier habits and attitudes toward food. Hypnotherapists can help patients visualise themselves making healthier food choices, creating a positive relationship with food, and maintaining a healthy weight. By changing the patient’s subconscious beliefs about food and eating, hypnotherapy can help them adopt healthier eating habits that can last a lifetime.
Making a positive connection with your mind
Another benefit of hypnotherapy for binge eating is that it can help patients develop better coping strategies for dealing with stress, anxiety, and other emotions that may trigger binge eating episodes. Hypnotherapists can teach patients relaxation techniques, mindfulness practices, and strategies to help them manage their feelings and avoid turning to food for comfort.
Considering hypnotherapy to help take back control?
Overall, hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment option for binge eating disorder. While it may not work for everyone, hypnotherapy has helped many people overcome their struggles with food and develop healthier, happier relationships with themselves and their bodies. If you’re struggling and would like to speak to someone about how hypnotherapy can help, please call 07966 464 005 or via this contact form.