Have you been struggling to lose weight? Did you know that hypnotherapy can be a useful way to aid weight loss?
We all need to eat food in order to fuel our bodies throughout the day. However, many of us find it difficult to manage our weight. In this article, we explore how hypnotherapy can help you with any weight loss goals.
Many people have an unhealthy relationship with food, which may have begun in childhood.
For example, did you know that many eating habits can be linked to suppressed emotions? We may even eat food that we don’t really want or need, as a way of comforting ourselves.
Comfort eating can become a problem, and this is when weight loss may also seem impossible to achieve.
Some people comfort eat due to a need to be loved and nurtured. Somewhere along the way, our desire to be taken care of becomes confused with the satisfaction of eating, leading to a dependency on food whenever we feel stressed or unhappy.
Even when we know that we’re not really hungry, we might eat that bar of chocolate or that slice of cake, telling ourselves that we deserve it.
Sadly, for some, this may then lead to feelings of disgust, which in turn drives people back to comfort eating – and so the cycle goes on…
Have you started a diet in the past and seen some positive results, only to put all the weight back on again or maybe even more?
This is a common scenario, which is why we continually see magazines and newspapers promoting the latest diet trend – the F Plan Diet, Maple Syrup Diet, Atkins Diet, fasting diets, exclusion diets and so on…
Many of these diets can be very unhealthy, both physically and emotionally. Moreover, many people do not have success because they have not discovered the root cause of their weight gain.
And, of course, nowadays many of us sit at computers for most of the day and then in front of the TV at night, which means we are also moving less than at any previous time in history.
Our sedentary lifestyles result in us not using up sufficient energy to burn off the calories that we consume, which only serves to compound the problem.
Can hypnosis help with weight loss?
Hypnosis is the foundation of hypnotherapy; a treatment that can create positive changes when it comes to bad eating habits using the power of suggestion.
When you are hypnotised, you are always fully aware of what is going on around you, and you will enjoy a calm and deeply relaxed state.
The therapist will guide you through a guided meditation like process which will help you stop the constant chatter, become deeply and relaxed and extremely focused.
Your therapist will then make positive suggestions which you can use to create the changes you are looking for.
Our conscious minds will understand that we have an unhealthy relationship with food, but habitual behaviours are extremely difficult to influence.
Hypnosis has been scientifically proven to make real positive mental and even physiologically changes when we are in a deeply relaxed state.
The therapist may suggest focusing on the experience of food; the full taste and flavour of every mouthful.
They may encourage you to focus on desirable food groups, such as fruit and vegetables, while cutting back on sweet, sugary and fattening treats.
The actual script will vary, depending on your relationship with food and your desired outcomes. Therefore, no two hypnotherapy sessions will ever be the same.
Hypnotherapy for weight loss
Many people have discovered hypnotherapy gets to the root cause of their weight problems.
When you do hypnosis, you won’t lose control of your mind and body. You will be able to hear everything that your therapist says, and you will be able to talk, move and even leave the room if you choose to do so.
While you are in a deeply relaxed state, the therapist may take you through a guided meditation process, which they may have created specifically for you and your needs.
Depending on what you hope to achieve, the therapist may embed positive affirmations into your mind, as well as suggesting coping mechanisms.
The aim is to reduce your reliance on harmful foods or unhealthy eating patterns, so you can develop a healthier relationship with food. You may also be encouraged to exercise or move more to help you lead a more positive lifestyle.
Self-hypnosis for weight loss
Would you like to try out a few self-hypnosis techniques first, before seeing a therapist?
This will enable you to get a feel for the process, helping to reassure you that you won’t be surrendering control of your thoughts and actions to someone else!
Once you have experienced the power of self-hypnosis, this may incentivise you to make positive changes to your lifestyle.
• Begin by sitting or lying comfortably in a quiet room, away from any disturbances. You may like to have some gentle, soothing background music, but this is very much down to personal choice.
• Now imagine yourself walking down a flight of steps into a peaceful garden setting. As you descend each step, you’ll slide deeper into a relaxed state until you are feeling pleasantly dreamlike. Now it’s time to start making some positive affirmations.
• Imagine yourself at your ideal weight and take in every detail. How do you look? How do you feel? The more you can bring the power of your imagination into play, the better the outcome.
• Think about the healthy foods that may help you with your weight-loss goals.
• Then, explore how fit and well you will feel once you start including elements of exercise into your daily routine.
• Once you’ve spent some time enjoying the feeling of eating healthily and exercising, head back up the steps and return to full consciousness.
Bear in mind that self-hypnosis isn’t a quick fix. It takes time to create the desired mental state, and it won’t ever be effective as seeing a trained and qualified therapist. But it will help to set you on the right path, and it can also help to reinforce your hypnotherapy sessions too, for optimum results.
Losing weight is a struggle for many people, but hypnotherapy can help.
By helping to unlock the reasons behind your weight gain, you’ll be given the tools that you need to control your eating habits.
You’ll learn to welcome healthy foods into your diet, while moderating less healthy choices, and you’ll also learn to love the feeling of being fit and healthy, for long-lasting results.
If you’re finding it hard to lose weight, then it could be time to give hypnotherapy a go. Start your weight loss journey today – use our handy search tool to discover trained and qualified hypnotherapists in your local area.