You probably know what it’s like: in the middle of the night, all of the sudden this urge overcomes you. It’s almost like a parasite in your brain that turns you into a willingless zombie: “I must eat now. I must eat now.” And the only way to break out of this, is to get some food in your stomach.
Well, this might be quiet a dramatic description, but in fact, it’s not that far from what’s happening in your brain. There is something inside of you that is out-of-control, and not in a good way. Nightly overeating can make you feel guilty, it can have a negative impact on the quality of your sleep, and it surely makes you fatter, and fatter. What’s more, many people who eat at night also have a fatigue problem during the day, because they didn’t get enough rest in the nighttime.
If you want to lose weight – night eating is a saboteur, a traitor that you need to get rid of. But you can’t just kill it – because it’s part of yourself. So you have to find a better solution.
Science says: Night Eating Makes You Fatter
A recent study conducted by the Northwestern University shows that weight gain and weight loss is not as simple as “calories in, calories out”, but that other factors also have a say in this. Particularly the circadian clock.
One example of studies conducted is that they experimented with mice. They took two groups of mice and gave them exactly the same food, in the same amounts. However, one group was fed during their normal waking hours, another was fet during their normal sleeping hours. The “night eater group” gained more than double the weight than the normal waking hours group – 48% weight increase versus just a 20% weight increase.
Changing Habituary Behaviour Is Tough
Part of the problem is that you are used to eating at night. Your body is used to that rhythm, and when you deprive it of nightly snacks, then it will pretty much “fight for it’s right to eat at night”. Just imagine a baby that is not being fed. What does it do? It cries and does everything to get so much attention until the mother provides it with food.
So how can you put yourself back in control about your eating behaviour? How can you make that part of your brain that craves food when you need sleep into a partner that helps you on your way to lose weight?
Well, hypnosis can help. Because with hypnosis, you are able to communicate with the subconscious part of your mind. And that’s the part that’s making you eat at night.
Subconscious communication simply doesn’t work the way conscious communication works. That’s why diet plans can be useful helpers, but it’s often hard to consistently put them into practice. Because your subconscious mind doesn’t understand diet plans. Not because it’s not smart enough. But simply because it communicates in a different way. Think of hypnosis as kind of a translator between your conscious and your other mind.