It’s a great question, because it’s not simply a matter of eating less, and healthier food. There are a whole bunch of deeper reasons why people over-eat, or comfort-eat, or store extra fat in their bodies. So in the next couple of posts, I want to look at two areas that are normally all but ignored in the quest for slimness, but which actually hold the key to losing the pounds.
The real reasons why people overeat
There are two main reasons:
1) Repressed emotions that the person is eating in response to.
2) Energy patterns in their body, related to the body's 14 energy meridians, that the person normally hasn't even heard of….until now.
It doesn't require a PhD to work out that if you eat more calories than you can burn off, that extra 'energy' gets stored as fat. But the real question is why do people feel compelled to eat more than they need, and to answer that properly, you probably need a whole bunch of PhD plus the gift of prophecy, because it's really not a simple matter.
And, it's something that's affecting more and more of the population. According to one study, 150 million Americans weigh more than they should, and included in that figure is 60 million Americans who are clinically obese.
Just let the enormity of those figures sink in for a bit.
The Energy Dimension of Weight Management
Donna Eden wrote a book called 'Energy Medicine for Women', which I highly recommend, and much of what I'm going to share with you now comes from a chapter in that book called weight management. According to Eden, the following factors affect how much food people eat:
- The body takes comfort in fat - when we're feeling 'down' emotionally, eating can temporarily pick us up again.
- Bodies tend to store more weight when they're sleep deprived - and far too many people don't get enough sleep. Ideally, we need to be in bed by 10pm at the latest, and up with the dawn (I said 'ideally', not 'realistically'…)
- Dieting often has a paradoxical effect of turning on the energy systems that are designed to produce and store more fat cells (which is one of the BIG reasons why dieting hardly ever works, long-term, and often causes more harm than good.)
- It's all too easy to underestimate the physiological pressure to keep fat on the body - ie, your subconscious kicks in, and starts working overtime to keep you chubby, even while your conscious mind is doing everything it can to try to drop the weight.
- Most people today have very weak energy running through their spleen meridian, which is responsible for how effectively they metabolise, or burn-up the calories, from food. Strengthening spleen meridian will help you to metabolise your food faster, and help you to lose weight. (JEMI's free Basic Guide to working with energy meridians shows you how to do this.)
The nine categories of over-eating
In the book, Eden then goes on to share her 9 nine categories of different types of over-eating, what causes them, plus energy exercises you can do to start curtailing the 'feed me' impulse at the level of the body's energy systems, before it's even materialised as an intellectual craving for a Snickers. The nine categories are:
- Stressed Eating
- Comfort Eating
- Anxious Eating
- Compulsive Eating
- That Hollow Hungry Feeling
- Specific Cravings in the Moment
- Changing a Pattern of Cravings
- Overcoming Hunger
- Subclinical Allergies
Again, go buy her book and start following her recommendation for simple, easy-to-do Energy Medicine things you can to kill off your inappropriate food cravings.
Energy exercises, especially things like the Temporal Tap exercise (click to see an article on how to do it) can work wonders.
But in the next post, we’ll learn why understanding and acknowledging your emotions really holds the key to weight loss.