May 27

Why Diets Don’t Work (and What You Can Do About It)

Regression to Cause Hypnosis


If you’ve ever been on a diet it’s probably not the first time.  Dieting is hard.  Dieting takes willpower.  You have to consciously remember to stay with it.  

Dieting makes you tired and cranky.  It leaves you feeling  deprived.  And when you’re on a diet all you can think about is food. Is it any wonder that your motivation gives out? Before you know it, you’ve gain all the weight back – and then some.  And now you’re worse off than when you began.  This can be a real source of frustration for a lot of people.  And feeling frustrated only makes things worse.  So you already know this …  

Diets don’t work.  

Dieting only works so long as you stay on your diet.  But eventually, everybody falls off the wagon.  Dieting isn’t sustainable over the long-term.  50% of Americans adults are dieting.  80% are trying to do it on their own.    And somewhere between 90 and 95% percent of all dieters will regain the weight they lost within five years. 

Think about that...  

95 percent of all diets fail.  

If your cell phone company had a 5% success rate putting through calls through would you continue to renew your contract with them? So why is it that the typical dieter makes four attempts to diet every year?  That’s the definition of insanity. It’s doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.  

Stop the insanity!  

The problem is not losing the weight.  It’s keeping it off.  Most people will initially have some success with a diet.  This is because motivation is usually quite high at the beginning of a program.  And this is why a lot of weight loss programs have a Quick-Start program.  It’s to take advantage of the higher level of motivation that’s there to begin with.  

The problem is that after awhile dieting gets old.  And old behaviors start to slip back in.  Before long, you’re right back where you started – only worse because you’ve added a few extra pounds. And it’s because something will happen to sabotage your success. 

Temptation will rear it’s ugly head.   

You’ll be at a party or a restaurant and you’ll forget about your weight goal.  You’ll promise yourself it’s just this once.  You deserve it.  It’s only one.  Tomorrow you’ll go right back on your program.  And tomorrow never comes.  

Worse, you’ll go totally unconscious and go on a binge.  You’ll eat everything in sight.  Then hate yourself for it in the morning. It’s not your fault.  It’s just how the Subconscious Mind works.  

The Subconscious Mind drives behaviour.  It’s primary concern is with keeping you safe.  As a result, it will do anything to keep things safely in the Status Quo zone because that’s who you are.  That’s what you know how to cope with.  If the status quo happens to be eating a quart of Hagan Daz every night, your Subconscious is going to do it’s best to ensure that you keep up that behaviour.

Depressing, I know.

This makes it difficult to create change.  

Consciously you want to do the right thing.  You want to make healthy choices on an ongoing basis.  And you know what you need to do to sustain a healthy weight.  You just can’t do it.  That’s because of the pain-pleasure principle.

Human beings are hardwired to seek pleasure and avoid pain.  Food is pleasurable.  Food can numb pain.  And changing your diet won’t change this most basic of human drives which is to feel good.  And avoid feeling bad. 

This is the territory of your Subconscious Mind.

The Subconscious Mind is the emotional Mind.  It’s the Part of you that holds onto feelings and memory and beliefs that shaped your identity and your expectations about life.   That’s what drives behaviour.  

When you try to use conscious willpower to try to override all that, you’re destined to join the 95 percent of dieters who are doomed to fail. So what do you do?  First, realize that  . . .

. . . . your Subconscious Mind is never the enemy.  

It’s there to help you satisfy your most important needs.  So you can be happy.  And it always has a very good reason for doing what it’s doing.  If it’s driving you to eat, then it’s meant to be helpful.  It’s either helping you to soothe upset feelings.  Or it’s giving you a way to self-medicate the pain.  Or it’s protecting you by holding onto the weight.  It’s your very best friend when you’re feeling down.

. . . . the Conscious Mind knows what you need to do to lose the weight.  

The problem is that it doesn’t have the power to override the Subconscious Prime Directive – which is to protect.  So if you’ve tried and failed at losing weight more than once, it’s probably because there’s an underlying need for the behaviour.

. . . weight is seldom just a problem of behaviour.  

Most people don’t realize this.  This just adds to the problem because they think they’ve been cursed with bad genes.  And that they lack willpower.  

Most of the time, that’s just not true.  If you’ve lost weight in the past it’s not your genes.   And it’s not that you lack willpower.  It’s just that willpower isn’t enough to over-ride the Subconscious need to feed.  

So what’s the solution?

The solution is to gain access to the Subconscious Mind and change the internal drive.  Hypnosis gives us access to the Subconscious level of Mind.  And it can make it a lot easier for you to create the kind of change you want. It can help to increase your motivation.  It can help you to change unwanted habits.  And it can help you to locate and resolve the underlying emotional drivers.

There are two approaches to creating change with hypnosis.  The approach you need really depends on the nature of the problem. The question is - Are you dealing with a surface issue or a deeper issue?

1. Surface Issue?

Sometimes a weight problem is simply the result of having learned some bad habits.  The good news is that anything that has been learned can be unlearned.  

Hypnosis is the optimum state for learning! If you learned how to overeat , or eat the wrong things, you can change that.  You can re-learn how to come back into alignment with Nature.  This will restore your ability to eat to maintain a healthy weight – like Nature intended.

Hypnosis can make it easier for you to change those old behaviours and replace them with healthier choices.  Often surface techniques are all that’s needed to get a person back on track and get them making the healthier choices.  But sometimes a weight problem points to a deeper issue.  That’s when a deeper technique is needed.  

2. Deeper Issue?

When an unwanted behaviour like overeating serves an underlying Subconscious purpose, then willpower won’t work.  Surface techniques, like imagery and suggestion, alone, will not have a lasting effect. So, if you have already tried hypnosis, and the results didn’t last, don’t give up hope.   

When hypnosis fails to get a lasting result, it’s not your fault.  And it’s not that the hypnosis failed.  It’s often just a sign that there’s a deeper issue calling for resolution.  This means that you need a deeper approach to get to the underlying cause of the problem.

You need to find out why your Subconscious Mind is doing what it’s doing.  Once you understand what’s causing the problem you can find a way to correct it.   Regression-to-cause hypnosis can help you to find answers to questions and solutions to problems that are buried at a deeper level of consciousness.  

Regression hypnotherapy can help you to discover . . .

  • What’s driving the need to feed? 
  • What purpose does the extra weight serve? 
  • How did the problem get started? 
  • What needs to happen so you can let go of the old pattern?

These are the questions that need to be answered to resolve the problem for good.  Regression hypnosis can help you to do that.  

Once you understand how the problem got started, and what purpose the excess weight serves, you can change it.  That will put you back in control of your eating choices.

The important thing to realize is that it’s not your fault.  There’s nothing wrong with you.  It’s just how the Mind works.  Diets don’t work.  Statistically they fail 95% of the time.  That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to fail.  Just contact your friendly neighborhood regression hypnosis practitioner and get the help you need to resolve the problem - for good!

About the author 

Wendie Webber

With over thirty years of experience as a healing practitioner, Wendie brings a broad range of skills to her approach to regression to cause hypnosis. She combines a gentle, yet commanding way of presenting with a thorough, clear and systematic approach to helping healing practitioners to make sense of regression hypnotherapy.