Weight! A heavy and often touchy topic for many of us here. It is that monster which tries to catch up with us the moment we relax a bit. It is that shadow that refuses to leave us even at noon. It is our much abhorred companion which may disappear for some time but loves us enough to return back. But hey! Does it really have to be this bad? What if it is that poor little creature which has a message for our well-being that we refuse to hear? What if it’s a warning sign that our system needs to be cleansed emotionally? What if it is our guardian trying to protect us and would be happy to retire once we learn to be on our own and stable?
The key to tackle weight lies in acceptance and not resistance. Instead of resigning to it, let’s look at our weight directly. Let’s see what it brings us, how it makes us feel, what is causing us to gain weight, what is it that we refuse to look into by having this layer around us, the questions are many. The issue of our weight gain needs to be closely examined and understood. It’s the first step to understand our own selves, even the parts which are carefully hidden but make their presence felt anyway. An effective way to do this is by using Emotional Freedom techniques (EFT/Tapping).
Since my late teens, I had shared this love-hate relationship with my body. I would obsess over my weight gain and try a variety of diets only to discard them in a couple of days. I would enroll in a gym only to lose motivation in a week’s time. It had become a family joke that I lose weight only by looking at or passing by a gym that I never have to go inside. The closest I got to my ideal weight a few years back, and still had many kgs to shed was for my wedding. The motivation was at its peak. But it was a temporary weight loss and within a year I was at my heftiest best. I had given up on myself after that. I had stopped caring. Though my weight kept fluctuating, I never really made any attempts to lose weight. What came as a pleasant surprise last year, was when I had lost 5 kgs without doing anything about it, no diet, no exercise. I had not even noticed it because I had not bought a weighing scale as it would constantly remind me of my failure to lose weight. People started complementing me which initially I didn’t take very seriously. One fine day, I happened to check my weight and I was shocked to see all that weight disappear. I was back to my wedding weight, even a couple of kgs lower than that. I was thrilled and I knew why I had lost all that weight. I had started practising as a Hypnotherapist with Dr Sodhi around that time and had learnt EFT Tapping. I had been doing it for many of my own issues and having sessions with my clients and I definitely felt lighter and happier. I started telling my friends and family about this discovery and they were thrilled too. Next thing I knew, I was teaching my Mom EFT and other mind-body-energy approaches to facilitate weight loss. In a month, she had lost 7 kgs, again without any kind of diet or exercise. Many months later what shocked us even more was that she was having Hypothyroidism at that time which went undetected. She lost all that weight with EFT defying her health condition and it’s tendency to gain weight.
EFT Tapping helps in resolving our deep rooted issues which lay the foundation for weight gain. We can work on our beliefs about ourselves, others and our relationship with food and exercise with this beautiful technique. We can resolve emotional disturbances and find our balance. It is a very fast and effective way to lose weight and more importantly to get in touch with our own self. In fact, when we focus on our own well being, weight loss is but a happy by-product.
At Dr Sodhi’s Enhancers, Thane, we have used EFT for weight loss with our clients as a part of our 3-day workshop called ‘Why Wait to Lose Weight’. We also have a weekly group therapy programme spanning 7 weeks where different aspects of weight gain are explored and resolved. Through this platform, we have seen people not only lose weight but also that they learn to embrace themselves despite the weight. They get in touch with their own selves, start communicating with their bodies and give themselves the respect that they have always deserved. They start enjoying their lives first and feel the confidence that they had thought would come only with weight loss. By dissociating these conditions, they are happy in their bodies and weight loss follows.
As Jessica Ortner from The Tapping Solution puts it ‘We have it backwards, weight loss doesn’t lead to confidence, confidence in yourself and your worth leads to weight loss!’ I am only happy to testify it.
-Mitali Akarte Kokate, Dr Sodhi’s Enhancers