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Can I be Hypnotised to Lose Weight?

July 12, 2019. 5-MINUTE READ

 

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I can completely understand the struggle of weight loss as I’ve gone through it all myself. At this point, we can’t rely merely on traditional diets or workout plans to successfully achieve your goals in your weight loss journey. Continually pursuing weight loss takes more than just a meal plan or a monthly subscription at the gym. At the end of the day, it’s our motivation, willpower, discipline and persistence that’ll keep us going and push ourselves further.

Can I be Hypnotised to Lose Weight?

Yes, you can be hypnotised to lose weight and since you’re using hypnosis, your mind will completely shift to changing the rest of your life towards a healthier, fuller one. Many studies support the power of hypnosis in aiding people with weight loss problems. In a study by Stradling and colleagues (1998), results showed that only the group receiving hypnotherapy for stress reduction was able to continually lose weight after 18 months. Another study by Bolocofsky and colleagues (1985) on 109 people who underwent behavioural treatment in two groups, one with and one without hypnosis, found that the hypnotherapy group continued to lose weight after two years. It’s also been found by Kirsch (1998) that using hypnosis in addition to a cognitive behavioural technique for weight reduction yielded nearly double the amount of weight loss. Additionally, a more recent study by Gelo and colleagues (2014) on women elicited results of improvement in weight, BMI, eating behaviour and even some aspects of body image.

As hypnosis harnesses your mind’s power to achieve certain goals, your automatic thought processes and behaviours simply follow. Previous unhealthy thoughts, attitudes and habits revolving around weight loss will be completely eradicated so you can let nothing hold you back from chasing your goals. You will no longer feel the need to argue with yourself in going to the gym every day or feel restricted in following certain diets, you’ll simply do them as your mind will be completely reshaped by hypnosis to focus on your long term goals!

How it works might just blow your mind.

What is Hypnotherapy and How it Works

Hypnotherapy is a tool used to change certain behaviours and habits at the subconscious level when the mind is in a trance-like state. During hypnosis, your mind will be in total relaxation wherein it is susceptible to suggestions through verbal repetition and verbal imagery. This way, changes in behaviour, emotions and habits from the core are easier to be made. This tool has been used since the 1700s to aid on various behavioural problems from bed-wetting to nail biting and even with smoking. As we will explore in this article, it’s also been evident to help significantly in losing weight.

During your session, your hypnotherapist will likely begin speaking in a soothing, gentle voice as a form of relaxation technique and establish a feeling of safety. Once you are under hypnosis, your conscious mind will undergo a sleep-like state so your subconscious will be more accessible and susceptible to suggestions. As your subconscious stores the root causes of emotional problems and contains the root causes of automatic unhealthy habits that built up over the years without even conscious thinking, the hypnotherapist can then start to provide verbal suggestions to aid in changing the way you eat or your exercise habits, including your attitudes towards weight loss in general, or any other ways to help you reach your weight loss goals. It’ll also significantly help if your hypnotherapist uses visualization techniques of yourself reaching your goals through vivid mental imagery. Part of it may also include building on your confidence, esteem and your positive self-image to completely eradicate negative self-talk, self-sabotage and ineffective self-efficacy perceptions. The hypnotherapist will also condition your mind to only focus on healthier choices and attributing positive experiences to exercise and weight loss in general. This will also include making you more aware of your unhealthy eating habits to make you take control and act on them. All of these will significantly help reshape the way you think of yourself, your weight loss journey and your overall drive in pursuing your goals. The hypnotherapist will then close the session by bringing you out of hypnosis and back to your conscious state.

Through the use of neuro-linguistic programming, hypnosis makes the most out of your subconscious potentials. As these take effect at the core of your mind, significant behavioural changes will immediately be apparent as well. In a study by Carmody and colleagues (2008) on 286 smokers who underwent either standard counselling or hypnosis, the hypnosis group had quit smoking and the difference was still significant even after a year. Another study by Pekala and colleagues (2004) has found that hypnosis can significantly help chronic substance abuse individuals in their self-esteem, serenity and anger/impulsivity. Plaskota and colleagues (2012) have also found that hypnotherapy can significantly reduce anxiety, improve sleep and lessen psychological and physical symptoms in palliative care patients. It has also been proven by evidence found on Anbar and Slothower’s (2006) study that hypnotherapy can significantly help in treating insomnia in school-age children.

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Be Hypnotised to Lose Weight

As a tested and proven effective tool to modify behaviours and habits, hypnosis can significantly propel you towards a more seamless weight loss experience with better results. Unhealthy habits have been a result of years and years of accumulated learned behaviours that we have practised so well, we don’t even notice we’re doing it at all. Just like reaching out for comfort in food when you feel a little down or not noticing you’re already on your third plate savouring what you think is the best pasta you’ve ever had without actually thinking if you’re already full. Or when we think of the gym and all we can think of is the pain and effort of going there as opposed to positive long-term benefits it can offer. Due to these behaviours and habits we’ve become so comfortable and used to, we’re unable to propel yourself forward to move outside of our comfort zones and make a change. Hypnosis deals with all the root causes of these problems and resolves them at the subconscious level for the most seamless weight loss experience that you’ll love doing every single time!

Hypnosis should not be thought of as a “diet” but rather an effective tool to aid you in successfully eating nutritious food and exercising. Hypnosis works in your mind to go even beyond just losing weight but help you process emotions better, boost confidence and place you in full control of your life. It works because it changes their way of thinking about food and eating, and it allows them to learn to be more calm and relaxed in their lives. So instead of food and eating is an emotional solution, it becomes an appropriate solution to hunger, and new patterns of behaviour are developed that enable the person to deal with emotions and life.”

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How many hypnosis sessions do I need for weight loss?

Hypnosis yields different results from person to person but according to a Survey of  Psychotherapy Literature by Alfred A. Barrios, PhD., a 93% recovery was found after 6 sessions. As hypnosis directly targets your subconscious, this process can greatly vary as each person have a different set of experiences and daily life. However, higher hypnosis susceptibility has been linked to characteristics of persistence, selflessness and openness (Zhang, et. al., 2017). Additionally, Page & Green (2007) have also found that women are generally more susceptible to hypnosis which increases after the age of 40. In short, the more you trust and believe in the process of hypnosis along with your commitment to change, the more you will achieve your goals.

Can I use self-hypnosis for weight loss?

Yes, you can use self-hypnosis to lose extra weight. Self-hypnosis, in general, is a healthy exercise used by many to achieve different results. Consistently, this is also true when it comes to weight loss. If you can set aside 30 minutes every day to completely immerse yourself in a trace, it would help you a lot in maximising your weight loss experience. You can start self-hypnosis by closing your eyes and completely relaxing your body. You can then engage in deep breathing for three minutes or until you can feel a sensation from your head to your toes. You can then proceed to imagine yourself in the ideal state you want it to be during the trance state. Be as vivid as you can with colours, smells and feelings. As you go back to your conscious state, be sure to bring the feelings of the internal experience back with you. As you do this daily, you’ll be able to train your mind as if you’ve already achieved your goal and your behaviour will simply change towards the healthier, more active lifestyle that comes with it.

 

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Merb

Merb

Content Manager | Psychologist

Merb is Psychologist with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Before joining Awaecnan he was a former research assistant at Mindanao State University - Iligan City, Philippines. With a background in psychology, he’s been able to apply various cognitive and behavioural concepts through out his work. Merb has a knack in photography and recently discovered a newfound interest in fitness as he explores his wellness journey through hypnotherapy.

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Conclusion

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure? On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil.

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