Have you ever tried losing weight, lost it and then found that it all comes back after a few months?
Let me explain why that is and how hypnosis is different.
Hypnotherapy for weight loss
There are a few key secrets to know about weight loss. Once you understand these you’ll realise why diets fail and hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways of losing weight.
Secret 1 – Never focus on “losing” weight
Your mind will reject the idea of losing anything because it sees any loss as being bad.
Nobody wants to lose things. How would you like to lose your job or lose a close friend?
Your mind associates losing weight with the same negativity as those experiences. This makes your mind tell you to eat more to avoid the loss and the pain that goes with them.
We’ll talk more about this in a moment but just know that if you try and lose weight you’ll nearly always lose.
Secret 2 – Food isn’t the problem
If the weight comes from overeating you need to find and fix the reason why you’re overeating.
If you just cut down on meals and do more exercise you’re not addressing the root cause of the problem and it’ll keep coming back.
Imagine that the reason you are eating too much is that you’re unhappy. You go on a diet and it makes you feel even more unhappy, making you eat even more. It’s a self-defeating prophecy.
It’s not as simple as just asking yourself what the issue is though. You very often won’t know because you’re trying to find it using your conscious mind. Hypnosis allows us to bypass your conscious thoughts, go deep into your mind and find the reason.
Secret 3 – Dieting can swap one problem for another
Diets can just swap your weight problem for another problem. You may stop eating your favourite food and lose weight only to start biting your fingernails instead. That’s because if you just remove a habit that your mind is used to it will look for a new habit to replace it with.
There is a saying in hypnotherapy “Avoid a void”. If you just get rid of a problem then you’re left with a void which another problem will jump straight into!
A good hypnotherapist understands this and won’t let it happen. In fact what we do is take the “bad” part of you that was making you eat and retrain it to help you lose weight. That’s why hypnotherapy works so well – we’re turning the problem against itself so in the end it helps you.
Are diets just useless then?
No, and please don’t think I’m bashing diets. Diets do play a vital role in becoming slimmer. Notice how I phrase it as becoming slimmer, not losing weight? We’ll talk more about that soon.
It’s just that dieting alone is unlikely to work unless you have the raw willpower to stick to the diet. Most people don’t so don’t worry if you’re one of them.
Eat less, do more – HOW?
If you’ve ever looked into losing weight you’ve probably heard the saying “Eat less, do more”.
It’s genius because it sums up all you need to do to get to the weight you want. If you eat less and do more (exercise more) then you will get slimmer.
Why doesn’t it work then?
It doesn’t work because just knowing what to do isn’t enough. Your mind will let you down by telling you to eat that cake, to watch the TV instead of going for a walk.
Now let’s look at how hypnotherapy for weight loss is different and why it’s so effective.
How Hypnotherapy for weight loss works
Hypnotherapy for weight loss works by giving your mind a clear image of what you want.
We focus on what you want – not what you don’t want.
The whole thing of “losing weight” doesn’t work because right from the start you’re aiming in the wrong direction. I only use the term “lose weight” because it’s what people search for.
Here’s an example of how confusing it is when you focus on what you don’t want instead of what you do want.
Imagine that I have asked you to drive me somewhere. Which of the following would be easier to understand?
- I want to go to the shops.
- I don’t want to go to the cinema, bowling alley, library, motorway, a fast food restaurant, a cafe, the museum, the forest…
In the second sentence I’m focusing on what I don’t want. It takes much longer to work out what I do want because you have to eliminate every other place in the world before you get the answer!
Focus on what you want and you’re far more likely to succeed.
It’s no good telling your mind to lose weight. It won’t understand, just like it’s hard to understand where I wanted to go to in that second sentence above.
You want to be slimmer, you want to fit in those old clothes you can’t get into. Those are positive goals that will work well.
What happens on a Hypnotherapy for weight loss session
We do not need to go over details of your past to be able to help you. I don’t need to know your life history because hypnotherapy works by changing things in your mind, not analysing the past.
It’s possible to do sessions that are content-free. That means you don’t have to tell me anything about what you’re seeing or thinking in your mind.
If you want to tell me then you can but if the reasons for you gaining weight are private or personal then you don’t need to tell me those things.
See my page on what happens in a hypnotherapy session? for more details about exactly what happens in a session.
What to expect after Hypnotherapy for weight loss
After we have done our work then you have to wait to see the results. Sorry but you won’t come out of hypnosis and have lost 3 stone instantly!
Over the coming days, you’ll notice a change in your eating habits.
Please note that I am not a dietitian and not qualified to talk about what to eat and not eat. I know about the mind, not the body.
You hardly need to be Einstein to know that fruit and orange juice are better for you than a burger and a pint. It’s never been easier to buy healthy food since the food traffic light system came in, showing you which foods are better and worse for you.
While you were in hypnosis you will have made it so that you won’t be as tempted to eat foods that are no good for you. You’ll find you may want to exercise more regularly and will even enjoy it!
What you experience is different for everyone because there isn’t just one set way of doing it.
How fast can I lose weight using hypnotherapy?
The NHS recommends that you lose no more than 2 pounds per week. Any more than that can cause health problems.
Remember you are not losing anything – you’re gaining what you want.
How many sessions do I need?
If there is just one issue which is causing you to eat more and we find and fix it in the first session then that can be all you need. Some people find that the weight comes off over the following weeks and that’s it.
More commonly, people like to have one session a month or every 2 to 3 weeks to check in with me, keep on track and make sure things are going the right way.
It’s different for everyone so there’s no way of knowing how many sessions you will need but most people start seeing results after one or two sessions and continue until they’re confident enough to stop taking sessions.
If after a few weeks you aren’t noticing any difference then there are likely other things stopping you from losing weight that need attention. We try and spot these and deal with them at the beginning but that isn’t always possible.
One example is that people often go to slimming clubs but then they miss the friends they’ve made there. They start eating too much again so they can go back to the slimming club and see their friends.
All of that would happen subconsciously so you wouldn’t be aware of it. Your mind is sneaky like that.
I wish there was a method that worked every time for everyone but there just isn’t.
I tried losing weight before…
People often say they have tried losing weight and it didn’t work.
Can you see the reason? The answer is in the sentence above.
If you can’t then here’s a little experiment for you to do which will quickly show you why these people are unsuccessful. Just knowing this one thing can change every aspect of your whole life!
Get a small object that is easy to pick up. It can be a pen, a phone etc.
Now pick it up.
That was easy so now put it down again and do let’s do it differently.
Now TRY and pick it up. Don’t actually pick it up – just TRY. Do everything from touching it to thinking about picking it up but only TRY and don’t do it.
People who TRY to lose weight will never succeed because they are trying, not doing.
Many people who fail at things say “I’ll just keep trying”. Yes they will, and they’ll just keep failing!
As a hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner I understand many things like this and changing your language can bring great results.
Stop trying and start doing!
How do I get started?
Contact me now to book your sessions.