Everything you need to know about Hypnosis for Weight Loss
Hypnosis: what comes to mind?
A stage magician, performing tricks on audience members who belt out Tina Turner or do the robot on stage in front of thousands?
Plug “hypnosis” into google and you’ll find not just stage shows, but a plethora of other uses for the technique – recalling events, quitting smoking, and, with ever more popularity, losing weight.
Who Can Benefit from Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is suited to anyone looking to lose weight in a sustainable, low intensity manner. Hypnosis can create a habit of important weight loss contributors such as healthy eating choices, so it results in long-term behavioural improvements.
If you are looking for a quick fix, hypnosis is probably not for you as transforming your outlook on food and health, your habits, and your life takes time! You will have to visit your hypnotherapist regularly, and may not see results straight away (for some, it can take up to a month or two for results to really shine through).
But the real upside? You won’t just be dropping dress sizes only to balloon back up once the fad diet is too hard to follow. Hypnosis will help you make real lifestyle changes that will become part of your future – so you’ll keep the weight off!
How to Use Hypnosis to Lose Weight
First off, dissociate any thoughts of hypnosis being a “diet”. It isn’t a diet at all, but rather a re-framing of the way you look at food, exercise, and other aspects that relate to overall health and well-being.
Hypnosis can demonstrate to you, in a multi-sensory way, what it feels like to be powerful and in control, and not give in to that craving for a donut or deep fried chips. You can harness this inner strength to make better choices and stay on track with your weight loss goals.
Further, many of us now realise that our food decisions (and consequent weight gain) are firmly tied to our emotional states. Hypnosis can help by dealing with underlying issues or emotions surrounding food, and prevent these from negatively impacting our choices.
For most of us, use of audio books or other at-home hypnosis materials (provided they are prepared and registered by a certified expert) is a good way to start, but true results will come with personal, one-on-one sessions with a hypnotherapist.
What it Feels Like to be Hypnotised
Forget the myth that it is “weird” or “scary” – hypnosis is basically just focused attention. A hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do. On the contrary, being under hypnosis can unlock deep focus and power that you didn’t even realise you had.
Think of it like a mini-trance, but one in which you can identify problems – and solutions – and learn to visualise better food choices.
Multiple studies have been performed, dating back as far as 1986, which demonstrate the power of hypnosis for weight loss. A 1986 study found that under hypnosis participants lost more than 7kg, while those without the guidance of a hypnotherapist shed just 0.2kg, on average. Scientists have long seen the benefits of hypnosis not just on a patient’s weight, but many other aspects of his or her overall wellbeing.
So what are you waiting for? See whether hypnosis can help you get the body you always dreamed of today!