What Does Hypnosis for Weight Loss Involve?

A Hypnotherapist Could Be Your Best Weight Loss Weapon

If you are reaching your wits end when it comes to weight loss, perhaps it is time to approach the problem from a psychological angle.

You’ve tried every diet going, you’ve joined the gym, you’ve even been persuaded to have a go at Zumba. Yet for all your best efforts, those excess pounds steadfastly refuse to get off and stay off. If that sounds like a familiar story, it could be time to call in some expert help. Maybe you’ve even tried that, and sought guidance from a nutritionist and a fitness coach. Yet the one person who could really help you make a difference is probably someone you’d barely even considered – and that is a hypnotherapist.

If the word makes you think of stage hypnotists who will have you clucking like a chicken, it is time to think again. The likes of Paul McKenna are all very well for a Las Vegas residency, but a qualified hypnotherapist is something quite different, and hypnosis for weight loss can be remarkably effective in helping you adopt the mindset to make vital lifestyle changes.

How does it work?

If you are expecting a leather bound sofa and someone waving a watch before your eyes and telling you in an Eastern European accent that you are feeling very sleepy, prepare to be disappointed. Typically, a hypnotherapy session begins with the patient and the therapist simply having a chat about the patient’s goals and what obstacles have been encountered so far.

After this, the hypnotherapy session itself will begin. This is as much about helping the patient to control and balance those subconscious urges – or, if you prefer, the inner voices that might say, for example, that you will be desperately unhappy if you don’t eat chocolate. You have another internal voice that knows this is nonsensical – the trick of the therapy is balancing out those voices and using hypnotic suggestion to help you do so.

Is it for you?

Those who have a strong emotional connection to eating typically find hypnotherapy is particularly helpful. Furthermore, many have a tendency to turn to hypnotherapy when they have tried and failed with various weight loss plans. They know deep down that it is not the plans that are at fault but their ability to follow them. This kind of self awareness is the first step towards a solution.

You remain in control

Some people are nervous about the idea of a hypnotherapist “putting them under” and then messing with their mental and emotional processes. Again, this is more a result of Hollywood imagination than the reality of hypnotherapy.

When you undergo hypnosis, you remain in full control of your mental faculties and are aware of what is going on around you. There is no risk of being “programmed” to do something that is against your morals – if anyone was to suggest such a thing, your subconscious would immediately bring you out of the hypnotic state – just as you would immediately wake from a doze if someone in the next room suddenly screamed in pain.

How long does the process take?

It will come as no surprise that there is not a definitive answer to this question. Most hypnotherapists will probably recommend around half a dozen therapy sessions, but you should start to notice positive changes after two or three.