Research at Tufts-New England Medical Center has provided evidence that all of the popular diets work if you can stick to them. Atkins - low carb; The Zone - low glycemic index; Ornish - low fat; Weight Watchers - low calorie.

But medical research has also proven beyond a doubt that almost no one can stick to any diet because of his or her appetite. So to be successful with a diet, hypnosis for weight loss can be quite helpful.

Webster's Dictionary defines "Appetite" as: "The desire for gratification of some want, craving, or passion." So "appetite" is eating and drinking for relaxation and pleasure.

Many people confuse hunger with appetite. Hunger is defined as "The body's call for nourishment." In other words, when the body needs energy, that's when you feel honest hunger. By that definition, it is almost impossible to "be hungry" if you are overweight.

However, it is possible for you to have feelings that you interpret as "hunger." And the stomach contracting in expectation of being fed causes those feelings.

When you were a little baby and you became cranky, your mother would put a bottle into your mouth to distract you. You would get distracted, become calmer and often go to sleep. That sequence was repeated thousands of times so that your unconscious mind was programmed: When something goes into your mouth, you get relaxation and pleasure from it.

Now that you are fully grown, if you feel upset, you crave something in your mouth for relaxation and pleasure - food!

People Also Get Cravings and Urges Because Of Conditioning.

When you associate consuming food with any other behavior, the other action will trigger cravings for food and a feeling of urgency to eat. This is called a conditioned response. For example: If you eat when you watch TV, you will get an urge to eat every time you sit down and watch TV.

What About Compulsive Overeaters Who Eat Because Of Emotional Reasons?

We define a compulsion as an "irresistible impulse." One of the presuppositions of NLP is: There is a positive intention behind all behaviors. In other words, our unconscious mind only motivates behaviors that benefit or protect us in some way. In NLP terms, we say that being fat is a behavior when it provides a positive outcome or intention.

You're probably wondering what the possible positive outcomes of being fat could possibly be. The list of possible positive outcomes is as long as the list of people who are grossly overweight. But I'll give you a classic example: A person gets their heart broken in a relationship. So to protect the self from getting the heart broken again, the unconscious motivates the self to become fat to keep the self out of relationships and prevent another broken heart.

A big secret to eliminating your appetite is called an NLP six-step reframe. With an NLP reframe, we respect the fact that the subconscious mind is pushing us to consume extra food for relaxation and pleasure. And if we are eating compulsively because being fat is protecting us, we respect that also.

In an NLP reframe we compromise with our subconscious mind. In the scenario of eating for relaxation and pleasure, we ask our subconscious to assume the responsibility for making us substitute some other behaviors. The new behaviors must be as effective and available at providing the same relaxation and pleasure. But they must also be more consciously acceptable to us. When the mind is motivating us into alternate behaviors that provide the relaxation and pleasure that we require - we lose our appetite on this score.

If you are a compulsive eater we do an additional reframe. We ask your unconscious mind to assume the responsibility for finding and substituting new behaviors in place of being heavy. These new behaviors must be as effective and available at providing the same protection. But they must be activities that are more consciously acceptable to you as an individual. When your unconscious is motivating you into alternate behaviors that provide the same benefits that you require, you lose the compulsion to overeat.

As far as feeling cravings because of conditioning (conditioned responses), we utilize various hypnotic and NLP techniques that erase those conditioned responses. That breaks the connection between the behaviors, and eliminates the compulsions.

When your appetite has been obliterated and any compulsion to overeat has been overcome, you can easily stick to any diet that you chose on an indefinite basis so that it becomes a permanent lifestyle change.

Appetite suppression and compulsive eating is a very complex topic. I can only broach the surface of it in this article. You can find additional articles on this topic on my website.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH started his practice since 1978. He specializes in the use of NLP & Ericksonian hypnosis for losing weight, and Video NLP/hypnosis for losing weight. He also provides a wide variety of hypnosis CD's & DVD's for a broad range of other topics and can be reached through his Neuro-VISION Video Hypnosis website.