The above diets have all been successful for many people in one way or another but have they given you the results you want?
If not… Have you asked yourself… why?
There are many psychological and motivational tips that can be employed to aid weight loss.
However, if you have ever tried any of the diets above you will be aware that a huge amount of will power needs to be exercised. Even if you do begin to lose weight fast, or even lose a significant amount of weight, you still end up at the final challenge which is keeping it off and that’s the really hard bit!
If this all sounds very familiar to you, you might be wondering why is this?
It’s because there is a stronger force in you than your will power, and that is the power of instinct.
To illustrate this, think of a caveman. If the caveman suddenly had his food supply cut, or restricted, by something outside of his control (such as drought for example), what’s the first thing he would do? He would, of course, go out looking for alternative supplies of food.
This instinct is often why so many diets fail in the long term because your unconscious mind does not know that the food supply has been deliberately cut.
If your body and mind feel that you are starving, whether it is your choice or not, ancient mechanisms kick in to protect you. This is the science of hunger, the less you eat the more your hunger will be triggered and the body will lower the metabolic rate in order to conserve energy.
According to Dr Hyman the average diet will, in the long term result in a weight gain of around 4.9 kg for each diet a person does and will also actually slow down the metabolic rate.
So how can hypnotherapy help with weight loss?
More and more scientific research is coming to the conclusion that hypnosis, as a tool for weight loss, may well be a very effective method. Although a lot more clinical studies are still needed in the field of hypnotherapy .
Estimates show, that at any one time, as many as one in three of us are currently on a diet, with over half of us having dieted at some time in our lives.
Hypnotherapy, as a method of weight loss, aims to move away from the perpetual cycle of yo-yo dieting and the associated problems, such as weight gain, lower metabolic rate and loss of muscle.
Hypnotherapy guides the unconscious mind to alter the whole relationship toward food, food choices and eating habits at a core level.
The type of hypnotherapy (suggestion or analytical) which would be best for you, depends largely on how your eating habits fit in with your lifestyle, and are affecting your life.
People who weigh more than they’d like, tend to do so because over the years, they have simply developed a habit… the habit of taking in more calories than their body really needs. While slimming/dieting alone can help someone to lose weight in the short term, once the diet ends, the weight can (an often does!), creep back on. This is because dieting alone doesn’t address the habit of overeating.
Hypnotherapy is particularly useful and effective in the area of habit breaking. Gaining weight is often formed by bad habits and it is breaking these habits that can help you trim your tummy too.
Working directly upon the habit of overeating, and encouraging the subconscious parts of the mind into adopting a more healthy pattern of eating, using hypnotherapy for weight loss, can bring about a much wanted and healthier outlook on the food that you eat.
Suggestion Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy for weight loss is relaxing, thought-provoking, involves interesting visualisation, and many people find it really enjoyable.
Suggestion hypnotherapy works on the premise that whilst in trance the conscious mind relaxes allowing the unconscious mind to be active. In a deeply relaxed state, the unconscious mind is very susceptible to suggestion and providing the suggestions match the client’s core beliefs, than this can prove very effective in bringing about long term changes.
Analytical hypnotherapy for weight control is geared towards finding the reason why a person is repeatedly feeling the need to overeat – whether it be due to:
The type of hypnotherapy that might be best suited to help you lose weight can depend on why you have some weight to lose in the first place. Read through these three descriptions, and see which you think might apply to you:-
- If you have a little bit of weight to lose and need some help with motivation. In this case Suggestion Therapy may be all that you need for a little bit of encouragement to drop a few pounds. There is a good example of a weight loss hypnosis script here.
- If you have a weight problem that has an emotional basis such as comfort eating, stress eating, binge eating or boredom eating. These types of eating problems are often caused by anxiety or stress and people in this situation have often had a life-long problem with their weight. People in this group will probably have over two stones that they would like to lose.
- Are you well motivated at the start of a diet and start to lose weight? Then do you struggle to maintain your efforts for long enough to achieve your target weight? You may have had lots of previous experiences of losing and gaining weight, and may even describe yourself as a ‘yo-yo dieter’.
If you find that you can identify with any of these three descriptions (or a combination of all three) then hypnotherapy may well help you.