Unlike smoking cessation, which I normally treat in one session (unless further ones are required), those seeking to lose weight will not see an immediate result, therefore it is a good idea to have follow up sessions. However, there is no hard and fast rule to this and some clients just want some motivation to get started on a fitness plan as well many clients need hypnosis sessions for over eating or need an increase in desire to exercise. Losing weight is not easy, and clients should realize that the weight is not going to drop off overnight. As hypnotherapists we are giving clients suggestions that they need in order to eventually reach their goal weight, the mind needs time to take the suggestions and make them true for you as well you as the client must at a deep level accept them as well.. There can be a number of reasons why someone is overweight, therefore it is important we take a full case history and explore the habits and the secondary gain attached to you. Possible reasons include Overeating, Snacking between meals, Lack of exercise, Drinking sugary drinks or alcohol, as well as unhealthy choices of foods eaten every day, Thyroid problems eating the wrong sort of food, Hormonal Imbalances, and much more.
Some people insist that they eat very little and have plenty of exercise but still cannot lose weight. In that case we could ask them to keep a food diary for a couple of weeks or ask them what they believe is the cause of the weight gain. This will usually bring forward some useful information. Some people eat too little and the body remains in fat storage mode.
Weight Loss therapy is very effective
Most people have no idea what they eat through the day and cannot remember what they had to eat yesterday.
If a person is able to visualize themselves as having lost weight then that is a good indication that their subconscious mind has accepted the hypnotist’s suggestions. We can ask the subconscious mind to give the client a date by which he or she will know that the weight is starting to come off, then ask them to project their mind to that particular date and look back to see which were the most important steps taken to achieve this goal. I know this sounds strange if you have never been hypnotized but it works and this helps you to gain a better thought pattern for the weight loss. If, after the first session, no improvement has been made in the clients lifestyle we may need to look at what the secondary gain is and address that issue. If you are comfort eating, then we find out why you need to comfort yourself and what is it that you are not happy with. For example, and this goes for both men and women ...but let say a woman may start to gain weight because of changes in her life style (not getting the same amount of exercise because she’s stopped working or now has a new family ). If her partner starts telling her she’s over weight then she could feel miserable and eat to make herself feel better. This is a no win situation unless she can find a more satisfactory way of comforting herself. Some people deliberately allow themselves to gain weight as a protective mechanism - i.e. to avoid being attractive because they are afraid of being in a relationship or hurt in the past.- others may use food as a punishment or a reward; breaking the habits of a lifetime can be challenging when psychodynamic forces are involved - but as people helpers we need to work through these issues to enable our clients to regain control.
Overcome the weight issues forever
Weight loss Hypnotherapy is not a one session therapy and you must be prepared to go through a number of sessions to make the changes within the sub-conscious mind to change the negative habits. If you’re ready then Hypnotherapy can help you make the changes. Hypnosis will help to let go of old thinking and old unwanted past issues and help you to move forward with your life. Ron Thompson ACCHT
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