Hypnosis for Weight Loss
If you are thinking of using hypnosis to help you lose weight, understand that there will still be effort required on your part. It’s not an instant solution, however, many have benefitted from making it part of their plan
Therapists employ different methods and procedures, depending on the goals and needs of their patients. Generally, during the initial phase of the session, the patient will be asked about their weight loss goals.
The therapist will ask questions such as potential triggers to their cravings, their current diet and fitness plans, and what they have already tried in their weight loss attempts.
All this information will be used as the basis for the suggestions that the therapist will give while the patient is under hypnosis. In other words, the hypnotic suggestions will be according to the information provided by the patient during the initial consultation with the therapist.
How Hypnosis for Weight Loss Works
Human beings have ‘inner voices’ inside their being. This inner voice is known as our “subconscious.” Others refer to this inner voice as the “gut reaction” that activates when something dangerous is imminent. It also plays a role in helping us make the right decisions.
Our subconscious mind knows what is best for us – from a very primitive survival aspect. This is not always what is best for us to exist well in our modern environment. The subconscious mind is also modified by our life’s experience, but not in a linear or logical manner.
That is, some circumstances that objectively seem trivial can have impacting and long-lasting effects on the subconscious. It is this programming that then compels us to act in seemingly irrational ways, such as eating disorders.
Hypnosis helps to reprogram your inner voice and make it speak to you in a much louder way. For example, your improved inner voice may tell you to eat those fresh fruits and vegetables that you love so much… and they make you feel so healthy and satisfied.
Hypnosis does not guarantee an end to your cravings, rather it will help you realize that not everything you feel like eating should be eaten right away. It will help take the edge off your cravings and help you pause to make rational decisions about the food you eat, instead of compulsive consumption.
Hypnosis will train your brain to focus more easily on the actions that will help you achieve your weight loss goals, and avoid those that would ruin them.
Hypnosis Leads to Positive Behavioral Shift
Through hypnosis, you will be better able to put an end to any incorrect perceptions about, or emotional links to certain foods. For instance, donuts that you may have perceived as being a delicious, nourishing, comfort food, will now be recognized as being a ‘fake-food’, and one that does more harm than good.
As this shift in perception occurs at the subconscious level, it avoids or at least greatly reduces, the need for willpower.
After a couple of hypnosis sessions, you will become more capable of changing your feelings and attitudes towards food and exercise. Negative beliefs about losing weight will now be replaced with positive beliefs. As a result, weight loss goals have a much higher expectation of achievement.
Hypnosis Improves Your Perseverance
The most difficult part of any weight loss plan is the ability to persevere. Many people have experienced success in the initial stages, only to give up down the track — however, hypnosis conditions you to persevere despite experiencing setbacks.
When you’re regularly being put into a trance-like state, your brain becomes more and more responsive to positive suggestions from your therapist. These suggestions will include suggestions to help you modify your behavior and make your weight loss goals more interesting and achievable.
Hypnosis will strengthen your perseverance so that giving up will not be an option in your mind!