Using Self-Hypnosis to Lose Weight
Losing weight through self-hypnosis is turning into normal practice. People across the globe are realizing how helpful it is to retain a healthy weight by any means possible. That said, in spite of its rising popularity, there are people who are skeptical about using hypnosis for weight loss. Most people aren’t clear about what hypnotherapy is or what it entails.
Be mindful of the following when you’re under hypnosis:
What is hypnosis for weight loss comprised of?
A frequently asked question during consultations is whether self-hypnosis will work for a client. There’s no single answer, as everyone is different. The best way to answer that question is to give it a shot. Although it won’t work the same way for all people, the act of discussing a development of positive habits and removing bad ones should help plant a new seed of mindfulness with regards to diet and health.
One thing to keep in mind is that hypnosis is an ancillary therapy, and as such, should be used to complement a healthy exercise program and eating plan. If you want suggestions about eating healthier and working out, it’s worthwhile to talk to a nutritionist or your physician. It is usually a mixed approach of all of these aspects that lead to a positive outcome.
Weight Loss Methods Using Self-Hypnosis
Although every case is unique (since everyone has different incentives for wanting to drop a few pounds), expect to hear these tips when under hypnosis for weight loss:
These thoughts, among others, are developed to give you the strength necessary to take the reins of the decisions you make. Ideally, hypnosis for weight loss will allow you to experience how delicious healthy food tastes, and prevent you from consuming fatty, sugary foods. You’ll also figure out how to appreciate your body and not perceive it as something to worry about. By facing deep feelings that develop the roots of your consumption patterns, hypnosis can aid you in having a more positive mindset and healthier lifestyle.
The Truth About Hypnosis for Weight Loss
Maybe you’ve heard some misconceptions about losing weight through hypnosis and are worried it’s just another calorie-burning fad. It’s not. To bypass frustration with your exercise and diet plans, it’s worthwhile to consider hypnosis for taking off the pounds you want and keeping them off for good.
When you use self-hypnosis instructions that are specific to your type of personality, it will feel like a switch has been flipped in your subconscious mind. You’ll be able to harness its power to help your weight loss endeavors.
What Science Thinks About Weight Loss Through Hypnosis?
Independent research reveals that by using hypnosis for losing weight, your results will increase by:
Keep reading to completely learn how weight loss through hypnosis instructions work and what you can anticipate. Select a weight loss hypnosis program that's ideal for you from all the choices out there. Be mindful that, unlike the normal conscious state of mind, while under hypnosis, you will endure deeper levels of consciousness - Theta and Alpha brain waves, so that your subconscious can be accessed, and any undesired patterns and habits can be modified.
Usually, without being under hypnosis, you achieve Theta and Alpha brain waves only while sleeping and just before falling asleep. However, with specific self-hypnosis instructions, after your subconscious mind is reached, the hypnotic suggestions found in hypnotherapy scripts give you the power to adjust undesired habits and deep-seated restrictive thoughts that inhibit healthy patterns.
Your subconscious mind is reprogrammed through hypnosis, removing faulty patterns that negatively influence your weight loss attempts.
No matter what kind of weight loss plan you opt for, you have to coordinate your meals, consume more vegetables, regularly work out, throw out junk food, and refrain from binge eating, correct? To accomplish your weight goal, you'll need to follow modified, more nutritious habits because you choose to.
Unlike stage hypnotism, therapeutic hypnosis has been approved and tested by the American Medical Association, who have deemed it completely safe and effective. Hypnosis allows the individual to make healthy choices habitually. Instead of regularly pushing yourself to keep healthy habits through unrealistic endeavors, you begin to naturally make smarter lifestyle choices on your own.
Does This Sound Like Something Worth Exploring?
You don’t need to be hypnotized to learn several priceless lessons about weight loss. The ten small ideas you’re about to read come with some diet-changing tips that my weight management clients obtain in individual and group hypnotherapy.
1. The Answer is Within You
Hypnotherapists believe you already have what you need to be successful in your weight loss goals. You don’t need the newest appetite suppressant or crash diet. Getting thin involves your innate abilities, that kind you use when you ride a bike. You might not recall how frightening it was when you learned how to ride one, but as you kept peddling, you figured out how to ride on your own without putting any thought or effort into it. Losing weight might seem as scary as riding a bike for the first time, but once you give it a shot, it will become second nature to you.
2. Seeing Is Believing
People tend to accomplish what they believe they can. That’s just as applicable to hypnosis. The anticipation of being helped is vital, and as such, you should anticipate a successful weight loss plan.
3. Accentuate the Positive
Aversive or negative suggestions such as “donuts will make you sick,” will be effective for a short time, but if you desire a change that lasts, you need to have a positive mindset. The most used positive hypnotic suggestion was developed by a father and son hypnotherapy team (Dr. David Spiegel and Dr. Herbert Spiegel). “Over-consumption of food is hurting my body. For my body to thrive, I need to nourish and protect it.” I advise clients to pen their own positive mantras. One mother in her fifties who lost more than 50 lbs. chants the following to herself on a regular basis, “food I don’t need gives my body a hassle I don’t want. I’m going to eliminate what I don’t require."
4. Thoughts Become Things
Similar to athletes conditioning themselves for a sport, projecting achievements prepares you for a successful lifestyle. Thinking of consuming healthy foods allows you to see the steps required to turn into a healthy person. Too unrealistic of a visual? Locate a dated picture of yourself at an ideal weight and think about what you were doing then that you aren’t doing now; think about bringing those routines back into your life. Visualize obtaining recommendations from an older, wiser version of yourself after you’ve achieved an intended weight.
5. Dismiss Food Cravings
Hypnotism regularly uses the power of symbolic images, encouraging people to put their cravings on hot air balloons or soft white clouds and let them touch the sky. If Burger King’s logo has the power to make you hungry, a counter symbol can have the opposite effect. Encourage your mind to go through its memories until you think of an image to use a symbol that cancels out cravings.
6. A Pair of Methods Works Better Than a Single One
With regards to getting rid of excess weight and keeping it off, a powerful mix of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and hypnosis can aid in revitalizing counterproductive behaviors and beliefs. Clients who use both approaches lose double the pounds without falling back into a weight loss/weight gain pattern. Once you’ve tried CBT, you’ll be keeping a food journal. Being mindful is a major step in long lasting changes.
7. Adjust, Then Adjust Again
Hypnosis creator Milton Erickson, MD, stressed how vital it is to use current patterns. To modify one client’s weight loss/weight gain behavior, Erickson advised that she initially gain weight prior to getting rid of it, which most people would balk at. It’s easier to process the request this way: change your craving that has the most calories. Rather than a bowl of ice cream, how about a bowl of frozen yogurt instead?
8. Survival of the Biggest
No suggestion is strong enough to override the instinct to survive. Although we tend to believe in the survival of the fittest, our minds are wired, with regards to hunger, for survival of the fattest. For example, one client wanted a suggestion to stop eating Junior Mints. I explained to her that her body was convinced that her livelihood was dependent on the chocolate and wouldn’t relinquish the craving until she obtained sufficient calories from healthier foods. She was adamant that a suggestion was all she required. It was hardly a surprise when she dropped out.
9. Practice Makes Perfect
A single personal training session won’t give you flat abdominal muscles, so you can understand how a single self-hypnosis session won’t modify your diet. However, quietly having a positive suggestion repeated to you 15 to 20 minutes on a regular basis can adjust your consumption habits, particularly when mixed with natural, slow breathing, the flagship of any behavioral change program.
10. Well Done—It's a Relapse
When clients are faced with an urge to overindulge, I say, “well done.” Hypnosis perceives a relapse as an opportunity, not a failure. If you can learn from a relapse (why it occurred, how to handle it a different way), you’ll be more prepared for all the inevitable temptations life throws at you.