Hypnosis For Weight loss
Why choose hypnosis for weight loss? There are two different factors to getting down to — and maintaining — your ideal weight.
One of those factors is physical (what we eat, how often we eat, whether or how much we exercise, and even whether we’re getting enough sleep).
The other factor is mental and emotional. And, ranging from willpower, to your stress level, and self-image, these have an enormous influence on how you feel and the actions you take — including what you eat, and whether or not you can say no to cravings.
Before we look at how hypnosis can help you lose weight, let’s take a look at the physical aspect and, especially, at a couple of practical things you can do today to improve your chance of getting the body you want.
If you’ve tried different diets, lost weight, and then put it back on again when you went off these diet, don’t despair. And don’t feel stressed. Many diets are designed to help you lose weight in the short-term, and they might not be right long-term, especially if the diet is really boring, feels restrictive, lacks nutrition, or if it leaves you feeling hungry all the time.
Many diets often require eating a lot of prepackaged “healthy” food. And even higher quality packaged foods can contain cheap fillers (soy, lactose, or sunflower oil instead of extra virgin olive oil, for example) that might not be good for your goals. As a general rule, if there’s a list of ingredients, check them thoroughly and understand what you’re putting in your mouth. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, it’s better not to eat it.
Worse, packaged food is often questionably advertised. A packet of cookies might be labeled on the front as “sugar-free” but — while it might not contain cane sugar — it might have another type of sugar in it that’s going to throw you off your weight loss goals.
You’re probably aware that food manufacturers often add high-fructose corn syrup, honey, and fruit juice concentrate to their products. However, beware of ingredients ending in “ose.” Although most people don’t realize it, these are often types of sugar — dextrose, glucose, fructose, and maltose. (In fact, dextrose is often taken by diabetics when their blood sugar goes too low, but it might also be in your favorite packaged food.) Check food labels to see if they contain any of these types of sugar. If they do, you might want to find a more suitable food for your goals.
Be aware, too, that while many people opt for a low-fat diet — choosing a diet high in refined carbohydrates instead — high carbs can leave you feeling hungry a couple of hours after eating them and, consequently, tempted — or needing — to snack between meals. While cutting out cheap vegetable oils is a great idea, our bodies actually need healthy fats, such as extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, and these have been shown to be helpful in weight loss diets in some cases.
But every body is different. So make a mental note or start a food diary and record how different food affects you, and whether something makes you feel hungry a couple of hours later, sluggish, bloated, or satisfied for hours, awake, and energized, etc.
Hypnosis for weight loss.
Different studies have shown that hypnosis helps weight loss. One study of a hundred people on a behavioral weight-management program (some of whom also used hypnosis) showed that those who experienced hypnosis were more likely to achieve and maintain “their personal weight goals.” And while those only on the behavioral program and those on the behavioral program and experiencing hypnosis both lost weight, “at the 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis clients showed significant additional weight loss.”
Tailored to your particular needs and lifestyle, every hypnosis session for weight loss is different. But here are some of the things we can work on to give you the advantage you need to hit your weight loss goals:
Willpower: Firstly, you (and me) need a certain mental power to resist sugary temptations as well as junk food meals that are easy and quick to prepare but leave us feeling hungry an hour or so later. Hypnosis works to increase your willpower, enabling you to easily resist temptations and to stick your weight loss aims.
Self-image. Perhaps, having given up on different diets, you’ve convinced yourself that you can’t lose weight. Perhaps you blame yourself, or are upset at yourself, because you can’t fit into your old jeans right now. Or, perhaps, your parents told you never to waste food, and now you feel guilty leaving anything on your plate.
Well, you’re not to blame. You can lose weight. And you can leave food on your plate if you’re full. Through hypnosis, we’ll bring your self-image back into line with your goals, your passion, and your image of your healthy, ideal self.
Stress. Although we rarely think about it, stress can contribute to weight gain. Long-term stress causes the body’s cortisol and insulin levels to rise. According to WebMD, this causes us to crave sugary treats or to snack. You’ve probably experienced craving sugary foods and sugary coffee. Or you might have found yourself getting up and going to the fridge several times in the evening, looking for something to snack on. And, if you have, you’ll know that the reason was most likely stress, agitation, or boredom, not hunger.
Related to stress, is the issue of sleep. Surprisingly, not getting enough sleep (at least 7.5 hours a night) is associated with weight gain. So, to lose weight, it’s important to address stress and sleep issues. This is a perfect area for hypnosis, which will help you let go of your stress, and will help you to actually experience a state of deep relaxation. That’s good for you and good for weight loss.
Confidence. Through hypnosis, you’ll gain the confidence that you can — and will — reach your weight loss goals, giving you the mental advantage to move forward.
Plus, I’ll teach you some simple self-hypnosis techniques that you can use every day to boost the results of the session, keeping you on track to your ideal weight.
Results may vary from person to person.