Neurofeedback is a form of brain training that helps you gain more control over your emotions, which in turn allows you to be less reactive to triggers that make you eat. It also strengthens your willpower, making it easier to stick with a healthier diet without the need for gimmicky weight loss tricks that are only temporary.
During a neurofeedback session, electrodes are placed on your head usually the top of your skull to monitor your brainwave activity. The practitioner will then provide instant feedback, often using a video or audio display. When your brain is manifesting beta waves, for example, the screen will brighten; if you inhibit the production of these waves, the screen will dim. This helps you identify which areas of your brain are over- or under-active. Over time, you can learn to retrain these regions for better self-regulation of eating and emotional responses to food triggers.
Emotional patterns that lead to overeating are often linked to an imbalanced production of cortisol, the stress hormone that affects metabolism and the ability to focus. Neurofeedback for weight loss is able to help you stabilize your emotions by teaching your brain to produce more balanced brainwaves. As a result, you will find it easier to stay calm and resist cravings when they arise, which will ultimately allow you to reach your goal weight without the need for additional medication or supplements.
Binge-eating disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, during which objectively large amounts of food are consumed. This disorder is associated with a lower level of cognitive control, and the tendency to use compensatory behaviors like self-induced vomiting. Studies show that neurofeedback can help people with BED to produce more balanced brainwaves, thereby improving their ability to regulate their emotions and maintain control over their food intake.
In an EEG neurofeedback study involving participants with BED, both downtraining and uptraining of the relative beta power over fronto-central areas were found to significantly reduce objective binge-eating episodes, as well as global eating disorder psychopathology. The results were maintained at 3-month follow-up.
Many people who struggle with obesity struggle to lose weight because they feel their willpower is weak and that they are unable to overcome the temptation of unhealthy foods. The truth is, your willpower is not as strong as you think. In fact, it is your brain that has become hardwired to circumvent appetite regulation and rewire itself in favor of unhealthy behavior. The good news is that neurofeedback can help you retrain your brain to recognize healthy patterns and rediscover brainwave balance. For more information about how neurofeedback can support your weight loss goals, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. Our team will help you design a program that is customized to your unique needs. We also specialize in helping people with anxiety, autism spectrum disorders and age-related cognitive decline. We look forward to helping you achieve a stronger, healthier brain!