Hypnosis For Weight Loss
Does hypnosis really work for weight loss?
Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss
When it comes to losing weight…You might ask…
….“Does hypnosis really work for weight loss?” The answer is yes!
Most people who have struggled with their weight are tired of dieting only to lose a few pounds and then gain it all back again. People need a healthy way of life that feels natural and comfortable for them. They need physical activity that is just right for them.
You may not realize it, but your mind knows exactly what you need in order to be healthy. You may have just developed some unhealthy patterns along the way.
Hypnosis is not a “magic pill” for losing weight.
To lose weight, the same science still applies. You must burn more calories than you consume. Hypnosis is a tool in this process to help your mind and body partner in your efforts. The hypnotherapy is focused on helping your subconscious mind get “on-board” with the physical changes you want to make. The reason this works is because your subconscious mind has likely developed a pattern of dieting and failing and without an intervention for that part of your mind it is difficult to change that pattern.
This approach to using hypnosis for weight loss is realistic, and it is important to know that there is absolutely a conscious aspect to this process. Think of the hypnosis as one tool in your weight loss journey. You must consciously make choices and take action which helps the process.
That being said, if one expects to lose weight, they cannot merely count on using one tool to accomplish that goal, especially long term or with the goal of establishing a new way of life when it comes to food and exercise.
The toolbox for weight loss includes the food you are eating, the amount of physical activity or “intentional exercise” you get daily. The Hypnosis is to help you with motivation and changing old habits and patterns of thinking to help you want to have high quality eating habits and exercise. For some people it is helpful to use technology such as a “Fitbit” or other tracking program to help them collect and keep track of data around eating and exercise.
When using hypnotherapy for weight loss, people typically report a new awareness about their habits and patterns around food. This new awareness stops them from going unconscious when it comes to eating and food. They also report an increased desire for exercise and incorporating more physical activity into their daily routines.
Does Hypnosis Really Work For Weight Loss?
These days more people than not are on diets. Some have only a few pounds to drop, others have anywhere from 20 to 100lbs. to lose.
Dieting can be discouraging because people don’t like the feeling of deprivation which tends to go hand in hand with dieting.
The reason hypnotherapy for weight loss is so different is because it isn’t a diet. It is using the power of your own mind to know what types of food are best for you and how much your body needs. A negative result from chronic dieting is the sense that we cannot be trusted with food or to make our own decisions about food.
The truth is, if we simply eat when we are hungry, eat what our bodies crave, actually enjoy what we are eating, taking time to savor each bite, and stop eating when we are satisfied. Our bodies can regulate the types of food and how much of it we eat.
Chronic Dieters and Chronic Dieting
People who are chronic dieters have a hard time with this concept because they have been taught that because they became overweight, they cannot be trusted to make their own decisions about food. Studies show that when a person feels negative emotion while eating and after eating, such as guilt, shame, and anger, their body chemistry in the negative state makes digestion difficult causing weight gain. Conversely when a person has a positive state of mind about eating and food, their body is able to process the food in a healthier way, using what it needs and eliminating what it doesn’t.
Using hypnosis, it is suggested that you know what is best for you, and that you can trust yourself to make the best decisions regarding food and exercise.
The suggestions are centered around you having a healthy relationship with food and exercise. A relationship that suites you perfectly. This works very well because there isn’t a one size fits all way of eating or exercising and your subconscious mind knows exactly what you need.
Letting go of the dieting and deprivation mentality through hypnotherapy for weight loss will take you to a place of balance which is sustainable for the rest of your life.
Hypnotherapy for Losing Weight Methodology
There are different ways to use hypnotherapy for weight loss.
One of the most common and popular methods is for a person to find a healthy nutrition plan that is structured in such a way that is easy to follow and full of foods that they enjoy. I recommend plans that don’t eliminate entire food groups and that allow moderate amounts of foods you consider “treats.”
I recommend this for people who have twenty pounds or more to lose. Seeing results quickly has a powerful effect on the subconscious. It feels like success, which then drives further success. There are some excellent healthy nutrition plans which can help you to see these results quickly.
If you are someone who has less than twenty pounds to lose and you struggle with motivation to eat healthy and get the proper amount of exercise, there is another way I would suggest. It’s called “Intuitive Eating.”
Intuitive Eating is something anyone can use but I recommend it for people with a small amount of weight to lose because it is more about changing small behavior patterns which keep you just out of reach with your weight and health goals. Intuitive eating is a concept well studied and written about by two nutritionists (Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D., and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D., F.A.S.A., C.E.D.R.D.) who authored the book titled “Intuitive Eating.”
I highly recommend the book to guide you through how this process works. “Intuitive Eating”
To become an intuitive eater is just like returning to childhood when you didn’t think much at all about food. Children just eat when they’re hungry and stop when they are satisfied. Somewhere along the way, as a teenager or an adult, you may have started eating for other reasons. This is how we gain unwanted extra pounds, eating when we aren’t really hungry.
Hypnotherapy, partnered with this type of eating works wonderfully to bring your body and mind into alignment when it comes to how, when, why, and especially what you eat. Intuitive eating becomes your way of life so that you don’t have to diet anymore. You simply eat in such a way that you enjoy, and stay in perfect balance. This way of eating is also something which can be adopted after someone has lost a significant amount of weight on a more structured nutrition plan.
Whatever method you prefer to use, even if it is not listed here, I would be happy to assist you using hypnosis as a tool on your weight loss journey.