Marisa Peer is a leading hypnotherapist who treats clients ranging from rock stars to royalty. She herself has spent over 20 years dieting and being obsessed with trying to be thin. She understands the issues people have with food and how difficult it is to keep weight off. Throughout the book she uses powerful hypnotic language and techniques to help break unhelpful eating habits. The techniques helped move her from someone with a weight problem to someone who never gains weight. Included in the book is a free CD which can help the reader continue with the techniques after they have read the book.
The book doesn’t include any fad diets. What it does do is help change thoughts and actions in relation to food. I love the fact that her first sentence is about thoughts and feelings around food. ‘What drives us to overeat are feelings; I need it; I must have it; this food will make me feel better’. She goes on to say that diets don’t stop the feelings – they only suppress them. Since feelings always win this is what you have to focus on to make you change the way you think about food.
She also talks about how as humans we are always moving towards pleasure and away from pain. The problem occurs when you link pain and pleasure to the same thing. So, when I eat crisps, for instance I say to myself ‘These are delicious but I shouldn’t have them because they make me fat’. When this happens the brain ends up being confused. She shows the readers techniques that can stop this and put the person in charge of the brain – so that it only thinks that crisps make them fat – and don’t end up being influenced by advertisers and food manufacturers.
The book also contains a lot of techniques on changing thoughts. We have nearly 70,000 thoughts a day and most of them are ones that beat us up and are untrue. When people go on diets, they don’t change their thoughts, they just change their actions. This means they continue thinking the same thoughts about food. People with weight issues will continue to think “I can’t leave food.”. “I can’t say no to it.” A person without an eating issue will think “I have had enough.” “I can’t finish it.” she includes exercises to change the self-defeating thoughts to more positive ones and as a result help readers back to a healthy eating style.