By Susanna Sweeney, MSC, MBACP, CHT
Weight loss hypnosis has become very popular. This is reflected, for example in how many celebrities seek out hypnosis to shed a few pounds (see info graphic).
It is also reflected in media reports on weight loss by hypnosis. This article featured in The Cut is just one example of many success stories out there.
Yet, it is hard to find good and comprehensive information on the topic.
I have dedicated this brief article to looking ta how weight loss hypnosis compares to other weight loss programs. I will explain the philosophy behind hypnosis for weight loss so that you will be in a position to decide for yourself whether or not the approaches used in hypnotherapy for weight loss appeal to you.
This article is also the starting point for a series of articles on hypnotherapy for weight loss to answer some other questions you may have. You will find links for them at the very end of the article. But before I send you of in other directions, allow me to talk you through the basics.
Hypnosis is often seen as a last resort. Many people who decide to lose weight through hypnosis have tried losing weight with other programs before. In fact, many may have been in and out of other programs for years. Often, negative experiences they have with other weight loss programs are ultimately what brings them to hypnotherapy.
When dealing with a complex problem like weight loss I think it's always advisable to come at the issue using two or maybe even three interventions together. Expect to change your life style somewhat, your nutrition, how you deal with stress and emotional problems. Thankfully, hypnosis supports you in making sensible lifestyle changes.
Working with hypnosis will help you look after your mindset, motivation and determination, it will help you to deal with food cravings and with any underlying emotional issues that caused the weight gain in the first place. Hypnosis will make it easy for you to stay calm and focused in the face of major changes you are making in your life, and over time it will produce a profound sense of well being.
Expect to include gentle and consistent exercise into your lifestyle. Used on its own, exercise is unreliable for weight loss, but when we look at the overall scheme of things it is of course good for your body and health to get moving. Go walking, swimming, do yoga- take up any physical activity you like. Do it gently, give yourself time to adopt it into your life.
It is self evident when I say that some sensible dietary changes can and will help with weight loss. Rather than just reducing portion size, you might consider other dietary interventions. Start checking the labels of the foods you buy in the supermarket. educate yourself around hidden sugars and the many different names used for them on food labels. That is a good starting place.
You may also consider changing your nutrition in more fundamental ways. I will never recommend doing drastic diets that promise weight loss over a short period of time. Always choose sensible and balanced, dietary interventions and take your time with losing weight to go easy on your body.
There are some dietary interventions that people use successfully to lose weight. One of the better interventions I have come across is the keto diet which some of my clients have used successfully alongside hypnosis to lose weight.
Keto is a complex system and many myths about it prevail. If you are considering it, go to a reliable source for information. Here is a great website that I have checked out thoroughly, written by an expert on this dietary system, and this particular article will help you develop a ketogenic diet plan.
Hypnotherapy is often portrayed as unscientific. In this article I have gathered the available scientific evidence that backs weight loss through hypnosis as a valid and valuable treatment...
This article advises you as to what you can do in order to get the best out of your treatment if you have decided to lose weight through hypnosis. Some of this is bound to surprise you...
Find out if weight loss hypnosis is suitable for you, what the underlying issues may be and what to expect from a program of hypnosis.
Gastric band hypnosis has become a popular alternative to actual surgical intervention. But does it live up to expectations? Find out what it does and what results you can expect.
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Find sound advice and guidance if you want to quit smoking without gaining weight.
Find out what benefits self hypnosis for weight loss has on offer for you compared to conventional weight loss programs and compared to attending weight loss hypnosis.
I hope this article has helped you to gain an understanding of how weight loss hypnosis works, and has helped you to see whether or not hypnosis may be for you.
(1) Mewes, I., Stich, A., Habermüller, M. S., & Revenstorf, D., 2003. Weight reduction by hypnosis and behaviour therapy. Verhaltenstherapie und Verhaltensmedizin, 24, 499–512.
(2) Bolocofsky, D., Spinler, D. and Coulthard-Morris, L., 1985. Effectiveness of Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Behavioral Weight Management. Journal of Clinical Psychology. January, 1985, Vol. 41, No. 1.
(3) Kirsch, 1996.Hypnotic Enhancement of Cognitive-Behavioral Weight Loss Treatments—Another Meta-Reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996. Vol.64, No. 3, 517-519.
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