Hypnosis for weight loss
We must eat to live. Food is the fuel which our bodies need to keep functioning. There is of course, only one way to lose weight. You must use up more calories of energy than you consume. This means doing one or both of two things – exercising more and consuming fewer calories. There is no magic pill or fad food that can change that basic arithmetic and even hypnosis is not the magic wand many people would like to believe it is.
Why do diets not work?
Everyone who wants to lose weight has tried dieting at some time, and many people do achieve weight loss, at least for a time. However, the discipline of maintaining that progress is beyond most people. Put simply, the decision to diet or to lose weight comes from the logical, conscious part of the mind. Unfortunately, for many people the urge to eat is more from the emotional, unconscious (or subconscious) part! The logical part says "let's be sensible!" but the emotional part says "cream cakes please!" So it becomes a cycle; feel bad, diet, eat, feel guilty; and the weight goes down and up, down and up, but more usually, we just give up and stay overweight.
A word of warning
Although the hypnotic approach can achieve rapid change with many seemingly similar habits, such as smoking or nail-biting, there is not the same “quick fix” with weight loss. Taking smoking as an example, the attachment of a good feeling to a bad habit can be rapidly replaced and the client walks out of the session already believing that they are now a “non-smoker”. The feeling of success is there from the start.
Of course, no-one is ever going to be a “non-eater” - that is the difference, and the unconscious mind knows it. Weight loss happens slowly, not instantly, so that good feeling is not as strong after leaving the session as it would be for someone giving up smoking. Keeping up the motivation for change over a prolonged period of time is the reason for the multi-session approach.
How does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy works by addressing the unconscious part of the mind - the emotional part, the part that craves comfort through food. Suggestions are given that motivate a positive attitude to food, exercise and body image. The process is quite simple, and only four sessions are usually required, provided that the eating habit is not a symptom of an anxiety disorder, in which case a course of hypno-psychotherapy, usually 6 - 10 sessions, will be required to achieve permanent change.
The introductory talk
I require all potential clients for weight loss therapy to avail of the free introductory consultation, so that they are quite clear in their own mind what the process entails, and what it doesn’t. I do not accept every client. If I feel they are not sufficiently motivated, or are expecting a “magic wand” or not to having to do some work themselves, I will not take them on. Both therapist and client have work to do for the process to succeed.
If it is necessary to take the hypno-psychotherapy route to deal with the underlying emotional issues related to the client’s weight problem, this will be identified at the introductory talk. More details of hypno-psychotherapy can be found by following this link. For most people, however, the process will be as described below.
The first therapy session
All clients are different, but all are starting from a place where they are not as slim as they would wish to be. One key objective of the first session is to agree with the client what their ideal shape and size is, and how long they believe it will take them to achieve it. I show the client techniques they can use when around food which will give a better sense of control; the particular emphasis being on portion size, and on eating slowly and consciously. The hypnotic part of the session, which will be recorded for later re-use, will focus mainly on these areas and on building a positive mental image of exactly what it will look and feel like when the target is achieved. This may include the “virtual gastric band” approach, if the client desires.
As I said, everyone is different, and the following sessions will vary according to the needs of each individual. Typically there is good progress reported after session one, but a feeling that there are still hurdles to overcome.
Typical examples would be:
- Motivation to exercise
- Particular foods hard to resist, e.g. chocolate or chips
- Portion size
- Trance-like eating (cannot stop when full)
- Emotional or comfort eating, including food as a reward
- Dislike of healthier foods
- Sabotage by self or others
Each problem is tackled individually, both with conscious techniques (usually NLP based) and by hypnotic suggestion, which is once again recorded for re-use at home.
There is nearly always an emotional element
to the eating habit, and it is in this area that hypnosis
really comes into its own, as the trigger is inevitably in
the unconscious part of the mind.
Contact me in confidence on 021 487 6072 to arrange a free introductory consultation or by email or phone if you would like to find out more information. Talking is often easier than typing!