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Why Diets Don't Work

The Dopamine-Ghrelin Connection In Diets: The Role of Hypnotherapy in Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Food

In the quest for weight management and adopting healthier eating habits, delving into the intricate interplay between hormones and neurotransmitters such as dopamine and ghrelin is pivotal. These biochemical signals significantly influence our cravings, appetite, and overall attitude toward food. Harnessing effective strategies to navigate these physiological responses can be instrumental in fostering sustained success in embracing a wholesome lifestyle. In this blog post, read about the dynamic relationship between dopamine and ghrelin during dieting,

Diet Plan, Why Diets Don't Work. Instead Rewire Your Brain With Hypnotherapy | Franziska Rosenzweig
Why Diets Don't Work, Instead Rewire Your Brain with Hypnotherapy


Understanding the Dopamine-Ghrelin Connection Before You Diet

Dopamine, the renowned "feel-good" neurotransmitter, is intricately woven into the brain's reward circuitry. It serves as a potent motivator, reinforcing behaviours like eating by eliciting sensations of pleasure and contentment.

Conversely, ghrelin, famously dubbed the "hunger hormone," propels appetite and nudges us toward food consumption.

When we embark on a dietary regimen or restrict our calorie intake, ghrelin levels surge in response to the perceived energy deficit. This surge in ghrelin production can tweak dopamine signalling in the brain, particularly in regions associated with reward and motivation.

Consequently, heightened cravings for calorie-laden delights and an intensified urge to indulge may manifest, resulting in a cycle of starvation and overeating.

Sapolsky's Insight About Why Diets Don't Work

In his illuminating book "Behave," Robert Sapolsky offers a compelling perspective on this phenomenon, stating, "Show a picture of a milkshake to someone after they’ve consumed one, and there’s rarely dopaminergic activation-there’s satiation. But with subjects who have been dieting, there’s further activation. If you’re working to restrict your food intake, a milkshake just makes you want another one."

This quote encapsulates the amplified dopaminergic response observed in individuals undergoing dietary restrictions, underscoring the potent effect of dieting on our neural reward pathways.

The Role of Hypnotherapy

Enter hypnotherapy—a holistic modality that helps to communicate with our subconscious mind to instigate profound behavioural shifts concerning food consumption. Unlike conventional weight management approaches fixated solely on dietary modifications and exercise regimens, hypnotherapy explores beneath the surface to recalibrate our subconscious attitudes toward food.

By accessing the subconscious domain, hypnotherapy endeavours to reframe ingrained thought patterns and beliefs associated with food. Through guided relaxation techniques and suggestive prompts, hypnosis endeavours to rewire brain circuits and cultivate new connections, which in turn will lead to naturally healthier eating habits, and less cravings.

Emotional Eating, Diet, And Hypnotherapy

Generally, there is nothing wrong with emotional eating as food is a potent tool to soothe and help us through challenging moments. The problem is when it goes out of hand and becomes a compulsion rather than a choice. To establish choice, freedom and balance in our system, hypnotherapy tries to address the underlying emotional triggers fueling compulsive eating behaviours, fostering inner equilibrium and resilience.

Advantages of Hypnotherapy for Enduring Transformation

1. Sustainable Behavior Modification: Hypnotherapy veers away from transient solutions, endeavouring instead to engender lasting behavioural transformations. By tackling the psychological underpinnings of unhealthy eating habits, hypnosis fosters a harmonious and enduring relationship with food.

2. Diminished Cravings: Armed with targeted suggestions and visualisations, hypnotherapy effectively dampens cravings for indulgent fare. By rewiring subconscious programming, individuals experience diminished impulses for calorific or processed foods, or unhealthy restriction of food, paving the way for adherence to balanced dietary regimens.

3. Enhanced Self-Image: Hypnotherapy transcends mere weight management, fostering a profound sense of self-esteem and body acceptance. By redirecting focus from external appearance to holistic well-being, hypnosis cultivates a positive self-image and an optimistic outlook on life.


After reading, you understand why diets don't work. It's the intricate dance between dopamine and ghrelin exerts a profound influence on our eating behaviours, particularly amidst dietary endeavours. Sapolsky's poignant quote serves as a reminder of the heightened dopaminergic response triggered by dieting, propelling us toward continued indulgence.

Amidst this biochemical chain of events, hypnotherapy emerges as a potent ally, navigating the subconscious realms to foster a harmonious relationship with food. By addressing the intricate interplay between mind and body, hypnotherapy can pave the way for sustained behavioural and emotional shifts, diminished cravings, other unhealthy patterns, and amplified well-being. If you're grappling with your food relationship, schedule a free 20-minute consultation with me to discuss how we can work on creating freedom around food for you.

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