Weight loss hypnotherapy has become a popular approach for managing weight. But does it really work? If it does, how does hypnosis help you lose weight?
In this post, we will explore the effectiveness of weight loss hypnotherapy and the techniques used in this approach, so you can start your journey toward the ideal you.
Hypnotherapy is a delivery vehicle for therapy that utilises hypnosis to help individuals achieve their goals. Hypnosis is a state of focused awareness where an individual is more responsive to suggestion. In hypnotherapy, a therapist uses this state to help people change their behaviours and thoughts to achieve their desired outcomes, such as managing anxiety, depression, phobia, health conditions, and even weight.
Does hypnosis for weight loss actually work?
Studies have shown that hypnosis for weight loss can be effective. A review of studies published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis found that hypnotherapy can lead to significant weight loss in some individuals. However, the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for weight loss may vary from person to person. I have developed my Foundation of Food Program to combine both hypnosis to work on the mental aspect and the practical day to day aspects of weight loss.
Traditional weight loss methods vs. hypnotherapy
Traditional weight loss methods like diet and exercise are still the most common approaches for weight loss. However, hypnotherapy offers an alternative, effective approach for some individuals who have struggled with traditional methods. If conventional weight loss methods focus on “what we eat,” hypnotherapy focuses on “why we eat.” My Foundation of Food program is a non diet approach to weight loss. Lose weight and never diet again.
Hypnotherapy can help people address the underlying psychological factors contributing to weight gains, such as emotional eating or low self-esteem.
How weight loss hypnotherapy works
Hypnosis for weight loss works by helping you change your thought patterns and behaviours. By bringing you to a state of focused awareness, hypnosis can help reduce stress and anxiety, often associated with overeating and weight gain. Hypnosis can help you learn the skills you need for successful weight loss, making it easier to resist temptations and cravings that might otherwise derail your weight loss efforts.
Hypnosis can also help change your beliefs and attitudes about food and eating, making it easier for you to make more useful choices and stick to a weight loss plan.
What happens during hypnosis for weight loss
During a hypnotherapy session, I will guide you into a state of focused awareness, which can be very relaxing. I will then make suggestions to help you reframe your thoughts and behaviours around control, food and how to think to reach your goals.
My Foundation of Food program includes:
Emotional Eating: In order to create successful weight loss we have to address emotional eating. I address the thought patterns that make you overeat and teach you how to have more useful thought patterns
Normalise Your food Routine: Teaching you to stop the binge/restrict cycles of yo-yo dieting.
Emotional regulation: We will work on helping you identify any emotional issues or past traumas that may be contributing to your weight gain or making it difficult for you to lose weight. By addressing these underlying emotional issues, you can gain a deeper understanding of your relationship with food and develop healthier coping mechanisms.
Homework: All of your hypnosis sessions are recorded for you to take home and keep.
Can you perform self-hypnosis for weight loss?
While it is possible to perform self-hypnosis for weight loss, working with a trained hypnotherapist is recommended for best results. A trained hypnotherapist can tailor the session to your specific needs and guide you through the process.
Benefits of weight loss hypnotherapy
The benefits of weight loss hypnotherapy and the Foundation of Food may include the following:
- Improved self-esteem and confidence
- Better control over food cravings and emotional eating
- Increased motivation to exercise and maintain healthy habits
- Reduced stress and anxiety related to weight loss
- No more bingeing and restricting
How to prepare for a hypnotherapy session
To prepare for a hypnotherapy session, do the following:
1. Research and choose a qualified hypnotherapist.
Ask for referrals or search online for reliable hypnotherapists. You can type in “hypnotherapist near me” to find clinics in your area. Learn about their qualifications and read reviews and testimonials to find the best one. Always work with a fully Accredited Hypnotherapist.
2. Discuss any concerns or questions with the hypnotherapist before the session.
It’s important to have a clear understanding of what to expect from a hypnotherapy session before you begin. If you have any concerns or questions, be sure to discuss them with the hypnotherapist beforehand. This can help alleviate any anxiety or apprehension you may have about the process and ensure that you are comfortable and confident going into the session.
3. Set realistic goals for weight loss.
While it’s essential to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve through hypnotherapy for your weight loss journey, it’s also important to set realistic goals that are achievable and sustainable. This can help ensure that you stay motivated. The Foundation of Food Program is slow and steady weight loss designed to be done easily for the rest of your life, not a crash diet. I can help you set appropriate goals based on your needs and circumstances.
4. Be open to the process and willing to make changes in your thoughts and behaviours.
Hypnotherapy for weight loss is not a magic solution that instantly makes you lose weight overnight. It requires a willingness to make changes in your thoughts and behaviours around food and eating, and a commitment to sticking to a healthy eating plan and exercise routine. Being open to the process and willing to make these changes can help to maximise the benefits of hypnotherapy for weight loss. You will be an active participant in your own journey and will be empowered to make the changes.
Hypnotherapy for weight loss can be an effective approach if you struggle with traditional weight loss methods. By tackling the underlying psychological factors that contribute to your weight gain, hypnotherapy can help you attain your weight loss goals and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Working with a trained hypnotherapist and being open to the process is vital to achieving the best results.