Hypnosis is very effective in helping people who need to lose weight, as any experienced hypnotherapist will deal with the underlying causes and thinking patterns behind a person's weight problem. It really doesn't matter if you need to lose only a few pounds or several - once these issues have been resolved the weight should drop off easily.
This article will look behind some of the reasons why someone becomes overweight. It is important that your Hypnotherapist understands completely why you have been struggling to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight.
The most obvious reasons are over-eating or under-eating as the body stores fat in both cases, in order to use it at a future date. If you are eating more calories than your body needs then clearly you need to cut down on the culprit foods, however everyone has different dietary needs so your therapist will need to have an understanding of food combinations and healthy and junk foods.
Weight Loss: Why do I overeat?
There can be many different reasons why you overeat. If you were brought up in an environment where you were plied with sweets or cakes as a reward then your mind may have formed an association between food and pleasure (reward). On the other hand, if food was scarce when you were younger you might find yourself compensating for what you felt was missing then.
Some people see food as a comfort - perhaps you are trying to fill an emotional gap and use food as a pacifier. Others may feel that by gorging themselves they will become unattractive and so avoid relationships which they feel unable to handle (as in the case of someone who has been hurt in the past and doesn't want to put themselves into a position where they will be hurt again.
Will I miss food if I use hypnosis for weight loss?
If you have tried dieting you're probably all too well aware of how your thoughts constantly revolved around the next meal or calories or points. Hypnotherapy helps by teaching your subconscious mind to think and feel differently about food. You will learn to accept that you eat to live, not the other way around. So, the answer to this question is a resounding No. There is always plenty of food around so there is no reason why you should miss it. You will only eat when you are truly hungry and when you have had enough to eat you will stop. There is little worse than having a very full and bloated stomach - not being able to feel comfortable and having your clothes feel tight around your waist.
What other reasons could there be why I can't achieve a decent weight loss?
Is your lifestyle sedentary? Since your weight began to increase, what changes have occurred in your lifestyle? Lack of exercise can cause weight gain, as can an excessive intake of alcohol or snacking between meals.
Or perhaps you don't eat a lot but what you do eat is starchy, maybe you’re eating habits are erratic or your lifestyle means that you spend a lot of time going out for meals or eating the wrong sort of food at work because of a lack of choice.
In the latter case you could prepare a lunch box with food that you know is good for you. There is plenty of information about nutritional facts around so I won't go into what is and isn't healthy (maybe in a later article).
Most Hypnotherapists will want to see you a few times in order to see how you are progressing and to address other issues that crop up. It may be necessary to use regression to take you back to the cause (if you are not consciously aware of what this could be). Keeping a food diary is a good idea as it's surprising how those little snacks can add up.