By Linda Funnell-Milner, Hypnotherapist & NLP Practitioner

Most people overeat from time to time, until they become bloated and feel uncomfortable.  This is typically an occasional thing though (Christmas, birthdays etc), so no long term harm is done. A binge eating disorder is different because the sufferer…

A binge eating disorder is different because the sufferer feels compelled to eat to excess in a way that feels out of control.  Once the huge amount of food is ingested, guilt and disgust come flooding in.  Despite these unpleasant feelings, though, the person goes on to binge eat once again.

The Cycle Of Out Of Control Eating

Nobody knows for sure what causes the cycle of binge eating, but there is definitely a strong mental component to this disorder.

Eating becomes a compulsion caused by thought processes that drive you to eat, eat, and then eat some more.  And once you begin binge eating, your body’s responses help to make the cycle occur again.

When you eat large quantities of food your blood sugar soars, only to crash once your body releases insulin.  This crash causes a false sense of hunger, leading you to eat large amounts of food again even if you are not truly hungry.

Some of the symptoms of binge eating disorder include the following:
•    Automatic thought patterns prompt you to binge
•    Changing blood sugar levels cause you to enter a cycle of binge eating
•    You feel out of control, guilty, and a strong sense of despair
•    You gain weight
•    Erratic blood sugar changes cause headaches, cravings, and stomach pain
•    You may experience panic attacks, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and poor concentration

Although some of these are physical symptoms, what they have in common is that their underlying cause is firmly planted in your mind.  They occur as the result of your mind following an unconscious, learned thought pattern that automatically triggers the binge eating behavior.

The Power Of NLP And Hypnotherapy
NLP and hypnotherapy techniques offer combined therapy to break the destructive cycle of binge eating.  The focus on both your conscious and unconscious mind allow you to learn new conscious thought patterns while tapping into deep, inner resources that have been hidden for a long time.

How Long Will Treatment Take?
Most people are treated successfully with just three or four one-hour sessions.

To speak to Linda or hear about how Hypnotherapy can help you, please click here or call her on 9938 1090 today.