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Weight loss by hypnosis has become very popular over the last decade.
You can tell from the number of celebrities who report success from
weight loss hypnosis, and from success stories in the media such as this
one from CNN.
In this article I have compiled the most prominent benefits of weight loss through hypnosis so that you may get an idea if you may want to give the treatment a go.
Many of my weight loss clients have
told me about negative experiences with other weight loss programs that
used weigh-ins as a means of trying to motivate participants to lose
weight. Often, stepping on the scales in front of a group can
have the opposite effect to what program leaders intend.
Weight loss clients have often been struggling with their weight issues for quite some time, and are acutely aware that they are overweight. Many may, in fact, weigh themselves at home regularly if not obsessively in an attempt to gain control over the situation.
Pointing out their exact weight to them in front of a group can, therefore, be a shaming experience rather than an encouraging one. This holds true especially if it is hard for them to follow the program at the prescribed pace.
Weight loss by hypnosis does not use weigh-ins. In the hypnosis world, we don’t believe weight loss is about the exact numbers. Rather, it is about an overall goal to re-gain control and to change direction in your life at your own pace while allowing you to keep your privacy about your exact weight.
loss clients who have tried other weight loss programs before they came
for hypnosis describe feeling under pressure by diet plans and calorie
counting. Some describe that they were not able to stick to those
prescribed plan and ended up falling behind, resulting ultimately in
feelings of shame and failure.
With weight loss by hypnosis, there is no counting of calories. There are no prescribed targets or diet plans, instead you are encouraged to put your own plan and targets in place.
The basic underlying premise in weight loss hypnosis is that your mind plays a very big role in the weight loss process. Therefore, your mind is supported in coming back to healthy eating patterns that sustain you, and at the same time allow excess weight to fall off.
What do those individual weight loss plans look like? People do this in
The choices people make will depend on how much weight they want to lose and on their own personal preferences.
Every hypnosis weight loss client is an individual with different needs, wants and preferences.
The weight loss solution looks slightly different for each person.
Being treated as an individual leaves you independence to lose weight at your own pace, the freedom to eat what you decide to eat and to make your own unique plan as to what is right for you to do to lose weight.
who have attended other weight loss programs before hypnosis often talk
to me about weight loss products that some other programs rely on. More
often than not their experience is that a dependency on the product is
being set up.
While they use the product, they do experience some weight loss and once they stop using it, they gain weight quite quickly and then they are back where they started. Some even gain more weight than they had previously.
There are no weight loss products involved in weight loss by hypnosis. Here, you can lose weight naturally, and at your own pace. This is an important benefit to you because it brings out your own internal resources for losing weight and step by step you will learn that ‘you can actually do this’, resulting in feelings of confidence and self worth.
Have you ever dieted and felt a sense of loss when you couldn't eat x, y or z? Have you ever felt resentment because your partner or friend could eat x, y or z? Or, have you felt like a true martyr, when it felt that your weight loss plan caused you to experience hardship?
When that happens, you are in a place of lack where you, very quickly, lose motivation and, in turn, determination to see your weight loss plan through. Many clients fail at that point.
Think about it. As long as you feel you are missing out on something or that you would rather do something else, following your weight loss plan is very hard.
In contrast, weight loss by
hypnosis works through your mind and helps you to instill one important piece
that many weight loss programs fail to instill- a genuine deep desire to
lose weight. This desire automatically results in strong motivation and determination to do whatever you have to do
to see your weight loss goals through.
Weight loss by hypnosis makes working towards your goal easy. By working on your mind, it creates a situation where you will want to follow your plan, and where you will feel good about following your plan. You can then enjoy getting results, and that in turn will boost the desire to keep going.
When planning to lose weight, your first port of call is usually losing weight through willpower- setting up a diet plan and literally enforcing that plan every day- fighting against cravings, fighting against a growing sense of resentment.
Willpower usually will only last so long. After a bit of
a struggle, many people give up and go back to their old eating habits
because pushing through is just too hard.
With weight loss by hypnosis, you are bringing your mind and emotions, both, on board with the process. You will experience a reduction in food cravings along with a sense of purpose that losing weight is your number one goal.
Instead, losing weight happens almost without you noticing it, almost playfully, without any ‘efforting’ involved- very easily indeed. Imagine how much easier things could be without that constant mental struggle, and without negative feelings constantly bothering you, resulting in you feeling bad about yourself.
If you temporarily experience a glitch and fall back onto some old habits, weight loss by hypnosis encourages you to go easy on yourself, and to simply go back to your plan and continue as if nothing ever happened. No more giving up because you made one 'mistake'. Instead, we recognize that the weight loss journey is a process that does take some time and involves learning experiences.
In this way, with weight loss hypnosis, you are sort of ‘getting out of your own way’, putting a stop to the struggle, so that you are then able to ‘just get on’ with your weight loss plan.
Many weight loss clients who have experienced other weight loss programs
are used to a quick fix approach. Most programs count pounds, count
calories, and if you have met your target at the end of the program you
are deemed to be a success story.
Well, some people are and some are not. Many people will regain the weight they lost quite quickly after the program ends. This is because their mind and emotions are in the same place they were before the weight loss program.
This weight loss journey is not just about you losing x-amount of
pounds. It’s about you gaining the weight, size and shape that is right
for your unique body, and it is about being able to hold on to those
changes in the long run.
Weight loss by hypnosis is also about you being happy with your body and feeling good about yourself. Because in the end of the day, life is about more than your weight. It is about enjoying your own very unique body and changing your life so that you can be happy with who you are.
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