What Is Hypnotherapy and How Can it Help With Weight Loss?

June 28, 2017


Hypnosis is renowned by healthcare professionals and natural health practitioners as an effective method of therapy. It involves creating a deep sense of relaxation and calm which helps the individual feel comfortable enough to allocate their complete attention to what the therapist is encouraging them to speak about. Hypnosis encourages people to make positive changes within themselves and emboldens them with the confidence to do so. 


Hypnotherapy sessions are guided by the therapist but the tone is always set by the patient. Whilst it induces a trance-like mental state, the patient never loses control and is in an enhanced state of awareness that is concentrated on the therapist's voice. This is what makes hypnotherapy such an effective method of helping people lose weight because it re-educates the unconscious mind and makes you want to lose weight willingly.


Here are a couple of ways that hypnotherapy helps with weight loss:


1. Hypnotherapy Defeats the Challenges of Dieting


Most of the time, diets fail because people fail to stick to them. Dieting can be useful in the short term but sustaining a healthy weight is all about changing your attitude and your approach to dieting. Diets are taxing because they are perceived as something people don’t want to do and are portrayed as challenging. While diets focus on restricting what you eat and how often, hypnotherapy for weight loss changes how you feel about what you eat. Hypnotherapy helps develop new habits by breaking down these old, negative associations and building new, positive ones. Weight loss can only be achieved if the individual is genuinely willing to make the changes: which is exactly the kind of attitude that hypnosis can create.


2. It Helps Reframe Beliefs About Weight Loss


As humans we believe the stories we tell ourselves and persistently fall into the trap of our own consciousness and beliefs. When it comes to dieting and weight loss, people convince themselves of falsehoods such as ‘This is just the way I am’ or ‘I’ll never be able to keep this up’. Through hypnotherapy, the subconscious mind can be educated to reframe these beliefs. For example, instead of convincing yourself that you are addicted to fast food, your mode of thinking will be changed to ‘In the past, I have found it challenging to stop eating fast food.’ Changing this perspective is key to effective weight loss. 


Trying to lose weight can be a long and exhausting journey with many setbacks but hypnotherapy can facilitate the process. The aim of employing hypnotherapy for weight loss is to make you feel confident about your body, change negative thoughts and help you lose weight responsibly, without impacting your self-esteem. Give it a go, what do you have to lose except a few pounds?

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