How Can Hypnotherapy Help Someone Lose Weight?
If you have thought about Hypnotherapy for weight loss, then please read on. Many people who want to lose weight have already made multiple attempts to make changes in diet and exercise habits before trying hypnotherapy. This can lead to feelings of discouragement and even hopelessness.
Hypnotherapy increases a person’s chance of success by addressing issues surrounding self-esteem and body image, as well as resolving conflicts between conscious and subconscious motivations.
In addition, many people with compulsive behaviours surrounding food report feelings of shame and guilt which contribute to decreased self-esteem.
During the course of hypnotherapy, the therapist will help the person improve their sense of self-esteem and how they view their bodies. Some of the methods used to achieve this may include hypnotic suggestions, daily journaling, and positive affirmations.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a natural, relaxed state of the body and a person becomes more open and amenable to positive suggestions for change and growth. It has been found to be effective in treating such issues as nicotine addiction, compulsions, phobias, and weight loss.
Hypnotherapy for weight loss is a therapeutic treatment that applies the state of hypnosis towards achieving individual goals as well as psychological and behavioural changes. The conscious mind is the part of the mind that is aware of specific thoughts, experiences, objects or emotions at any given moment.
While in the hypnotic trance state, a person is able to work on issues and goals on the subconscious level. Subconscious motivations or aversions to desired outcomes are addressed through guided imagery and
Who Is Hypnotherapy Right For?
Most people who are willing and ready to change can benefit from hypnotherapy.
10 Ways Hypnosis Can Help You Lose Weight—For Good
1. The answer lies within. Hypnotherapists believe you have everything you need to succeed. You don’t really need another crash diet or the latest appetite suppressant. Slimming is about trusting your innate abilities, as you do when you ride a bicycle. You may not remember how scary it was the first time you tried to bike, but you kept practising until you could ride automatically, without thought or effort. Losing weight may seem similarly beyond you, but it’s just a matter of finding your balance.
2. Believing is seeing. People tend to achieve what they think they can achieve. That even applies to hypnosis. Subjects tricked into believing they could be hypnotized (for example, as the hypnotist suggested they’d see red, he flipped the switch on a hidden red bulb) demonstrated increased hypnotic responsiveness. The expectation of being helped is essential. Let me suggest that you expect your weight loss plan to work.
3. Accentuate the positive. Negative, or aversive, suggestions, like “Doughnuts will sicken you,” work for a while, but if you want lasting change, you’ll want to think positive. The most popular positive hypnotic suggestion was devised by doctors Herbert Spiegel and David Spiegel, a father-son hypnotherapy team: “For my body, too much food is damaging. I need my body to live. I owe my body respect and protection.” I encourage clients to write their own upbeat mantras. One 50-year-old mother who lost 50-plus pounds repeats daily: “Unnecessary food is a burden on my body. I’m going to shed what I don’t need.”
- If you imagine it, it will come. Like athletes preparing for competition, visualizing victory readies you for a victorious reality. Imagining a day of healthy eating helps you envision the necessary steps to becoming that healthy eater. Too tough to picture? Find an old photograph of yourself at a comfortable weight and remember what you were doing differently then; imagine resurrecting those routines. Or visualize getting advice from a future older, wiser self after she’s reached her desired weight.5. Send food cravings flying. Hypnotherapists routinely harness the power of symbolic imagery, inviting subjects to put food cravings on fluffy white clouds or in hot air balloons and send them up, up, and away. If McDonald’s golden arches have the power to steer you off your diet, hypnotists understand that a counter symbol can steer you back. Invite your mind to flip through its Rolodex of images until one emerges as a symbol for casting out cravings. Heave-ho.
6. Two strategies are better than one. When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, a winning combination is hypnosis and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which helps revamp counterproductive thoughts and behaviours. Clients who learn both lose twice as much weight without falling into the dieter’s lose-some, regain-more trap. You’ve already tried CBT if you’ve ever kept a food diary. Before my clients learn hypnosis, they keep track of everything that passes their lips for a week or two. Raising awareness, every good hypnotherapist knows, is a key baby step toward lasting change.
7. Modify, modify, modify. The late hypnosis innovator Milton Erickson, MD, emphasized the importance of using existing patterns. To alter one client’s lose-regain, lose-regain pattern, Erickson suggested she first gain weight before losing it—a hard sell nowadays, unless you’re Charlize Theron. Easier to swallow: Modify your highest-calorie craving. Instead of a pint of ice cream, how about a cup of frozen yoghurt?
8. Like it or not, it’s survival of the fattest. No suggestion is powerful enough to override the survival instinct. Much as we like to think it’s survival of the fittest, we’re still programmed, in case of famine, for the survival of the fattest. Case in point: a personal trainer on a starvation diet wanted me to suggest a way to her gummy bear addiction. I tried to explain that her body believed her life depended on the chewy candies and wouldn’t give them up until she got enough calories from more nutritious foods. No, she insisted, a suggestion was all she needed. I wasn’t surprised when she dropped out.
9. Practice makes perfect. One Pilates class does not produce washboard abs, and one hypnosis session cannot shape up your diet. But silently repeating a positive suggestion 15 to 20 minutes daily can transform your eating, especially when combined with slow, natural breaths, the cornerstone of any behavioural-change program.
10. Congrats—it’s a relapse. When clients find themselves, against their healthiest intentions, overindulging, I congratulate them. Hypnosis views a relapse as an opportunity, not a travesty. If you can learn from a real or imagined relapse— why it happened, how to handle it differently—you’ll be better prepared for life’s inevitable temptations.
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