Many people try to lose weight through reduction of their food intake. Usually this doesn't work, at least not in the long run. The reason is simple: one part of the client's energy system wants to lose weight - usually a punishing, repressive introject - and another part feels threatened if food intake is reduced. Dieting is usually limited to reduction or change in food intake and doesn't take this threat into account.

However, if the threatened part isn't treated, no diet will ever lead to permanent weight loss. Therefore, in working with Logosynthesis, you start with exploring what a client feels when they feel hungry. The sensations connected with the label 'hunger' have sensory as well as emotional components. In a session today, Oliver, a strong, tall and heavy man, identified hunger as a pressure around his head, combined with a feeling of insecurity.

Through flash questions we found a disturbing memory at the age of two. Little Oliver was alone in his room and felt utterly insecure. After the sentences for the frozen memory, the energy level rose, and he felt anger. I explained to him that anger results from the belief that a need must fulfilled, while in real life this need was not fulfilled. As a next step he said the sentences for the mother he would have liked to have had, but never had.

After this, Oliver felt fear, which turned out to be a fear that Mommy would never come back. After the sentences for this fantasy, the fear dissolved, and we returned to the starting point of the session, the 'hunger' feeling. This time, the insecurity had disappeared from the sensation, and he felt a steel band around his head and between his ears.

When we tracked this feeling in his history, Oliver remembered a situation as a seven-year-old, in which his father had comforted him. Something had happened to him, which was still covered by the memory of father. After the suggestion to step back in time Oliver discovered a memory in which he was bullied by three other children. His sister also played a role in this event.  
This memory was also neutralised with the Logosynthesis sentences, and when Oliver returned again to the sensation of hunger, there was no distress, just a sign that his body could take in some food, but totally without the unpleasant sensations that had accompanied this feeling of hunger. Now he could imagine fasting for a longer period without the stress that had foiled his earlier attempts

We now both are curious how this is going to work out. It makes so much sense to look at losing weight from this perspective. If a client has felt bad, hungry and abandoned at the same time, usually the reconnection to the caretakers has been associated with food intake, often with sweets because they 'deserved' this after letting the parents have their night out or weekend off. During dieting, this learned sensation of 'hunger' may invite the client to be that brave again, paving the way for the next sugar shot: "Now I deserve it!"