Have you been dieting rigorously, yet not seeing desired results? Or is exercise just exhausting your body?

Dropping pounds and getting into shape has become very important these days. But what if you’re in love with food and like to eat all the time? Perhaps you binge eat when stressed or maybe you are just stunningly lazy and hate to get up to even pick up the remote.

This confused relationship with food may be exactly what is stopping you from achieving you weight loss goals. It also indicates that your approach towards weight loss is not effective.

Not only do you need to change your exercise regimen and diet, you also need to focus on your state of mind. As much as you need to follow conventional methods to lose weight, there are some psychological factors that need to be addressed as well to achieve desired goals.

For people who still want to lose some weight and adopt a better lifestyle, it is better that they let a professional persuade their brain to take control of their body instead of their heart.  Losing weight with hypnosis is one of the ways in which this can be achieved. Here is what you need to know about weight loss hypnosis.

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Hypnosis for weight loss

Hypnosis has been quite misunderstood due to its portrayal in the entertainment industry; it is not some mysterious way of controlling a person as shown on T.V. Rather, hypnosis is the method of making a person voluntarily fall into a reverie which cannot be induced forcibly. It only works if the person is willing to go through with it.

In the state of hypnosis, an individual is thoroughly relaxed and receptive to suggestion. This state is used to address various psychological issues. In this case, it focuses on losing weight by changing one’s habits of eating and exercise.

For anyone wishing to lose weight through hypnosis, they should consult a certified hypnotherapist. The hypnotherapist will assess their particular condition and devise a plan based on their behavioral patterns.

The therapist will then conduct weekly or monthly sessions in which they will use repetitive words, sounds and images to impart the desired habits. With each session, the therapist will also inform the patient about the next steps and the progress made so far.

These sessions will focus on making the patient feel relaxed and mindful. They will impart positive thoughts, improve confidence, increase motivation and change the thoughts and connections the mind has with food, eating and emotional situations. Hypnosis can also help curb cravings and make exercise seem exciting.

Since each individual has different behavioral patterns, the sessions devised by the therapist are also unique. Some people eat when they are stressed while others eat food out of necessity. Some people might see food as a reward while others might eat mindlessly. Some people hate exercise whiles others just lack motivation to do any physical activity.

Based on these behavioral patterns, the stimuli that cause specific eating and exercise habits are identified and targeted in the sessions. Hypnosis also focuses on the causes about why a person is overweight and their reasoning for staying that way.

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Benefits of hypnosis for weight loss

Weight loss hypnosis has various benefits if done consistently and administered by a professional hypnotherapist.

  • The psychological issues that cause unhealthy behaviors are tackled which not only lead to losing weight but also help in maintaining that weight in the long term.
  • The practice of going into a trance helps the patient become more mindful and less stressed. Less stress leads to greater productivity and higher confidence. Also, mindfulness helps pinpoint various impulses and assists in taking care of cravings.
  • Hypnosis therapy helps sever the connection between emotional turmoil and eating. Therefore, the person only eats when they are hungry. In other words, they stop depending on food for comfort.  
  • By reinforcing beneficial habits unconsciously, hypnosis can help develop a healthier lifestyle as all good habits start coming to the body and mind naturally.
  • Studies have found that people who received hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not receiving hypnosis and were also more likely to keep it off in the long term.

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What about gastric band hypnosis?

gastric_band_hypnosis_surgeryGastric band hypnosis is a safer alternative to gastric band surgery. It a specific type of hypnotic state where the individual is “convinced” that they have undergone surgery to reduce the size of their stomach.

While no invasive intervention has actually taken place, the individual now believes that with a smaller stomach size, they can only eat so much. This results in eating less and aims at eventually losing extra weight for the long term.

At a quick glance, gastric band hypnosis may seem like the ultimate magic pill everyone has been looking for. But it is important to note that this therapy is not for everyone.

In fact, it is not a “one size fits all” kind of solution at all. If anything, this therapy is only recommended for patients who have otherwise been unable to lose weight through the conventional methods of regulating diet and exercising regularly. Suitable candidates will also likely be obese with a body mass index of 30 or above.

Anyone who suffers from medical conditions impacting their weight, like thyroid issues for instance, will not reap the same benefit either. The same goes for people who have a weight-related genetic anomaly or others with a physiological condition.

Gastric band hypnosis is also not to be taken as a “quick fix” solution for weight management either. This is because while the hypnotherapy sessions may be limited in number, the follow up strategies demand a life time commitment. This means dedication to a lifetime of healthy eating practices and regular exercise routines.

Scientific References:

  • Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.
  • Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments–Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.
  • Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion. Johnson DL, Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3.
  • J Stradling, D Roberts, A Wilson and F Lovelock, Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK (Short Communication published in the 1998 Journal of Obesity Vol 22 (3) pp 278-281)
  • University of Connecticut, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517-519).