Hypnotherapy to lose weight can be an effective way of challenging unhelpful mindsets that may be subconsciously (or consciously) decreasing your chances of successfully losing weight. You will learn to overcome moments of temptation and challenge unhealthy or unhelpful thought processes to live a happier, healthier life. I provide hypnotherapy to lose weight in London and online.
Hypnotherapy for weight loss aims to help you feel more confident about your body, change negative thoughts about eating, and help you to lose weight responsibly and sustainably – without negatively impacting your emotional well-being. By targeting the unconscious mind with powerful suggestion techniques, a hypnotherapist can help you develop a more positive relationship with food and exercise, both of which are key to healthy, long-term weight loss and management.
Hypnotherapy to lose weight and body confidence
While it is important for people to lose weight for health reasons if they are overweight, it’s not good to feel ashamed about the need or desire to lose weight. Because body shape and size is so tied in with the western ideal of beauty, people are constantly looking for ‘quick fixes’ to cut corners.
Weight loss pills, fad diets and gruelling exercise regimes are just some of the ways people try to lose weight. What you have to ask yourself is – am I happy doing this? Can I carry on doing this for the rest of my life?
This is where hypnotherapy for weight loss can help. In order to change your body, you need to first change your mind. You have to ask yourself – why am I unhappy with my body, and why can’t I lose weight?
What is hypnotherapy for weight loss?
In essence, hypnotherapy for weight loss is the therapeutic use of hypnosis to help facilitate changes in habits and mindset to help you change unwanted thoughts, behaviours, or emotions that may be impacting what and how you eat.
Using hypnosis to put you into a state of deep relaxation, as a hypnotherapist I use different techniques to help change thought patterns, help you to understand why you may struggle to maintain or lose weight. Together we look at why you might be sabotaging yourself with unhealthy choices of behaviours.
Does hypnotherapy to lose weight work?
Research has shown that hypnosis may offer a more effective weight loss option than diet and exercise alone, which is fantastic news. Studies have looked at the impact of diet advice alone for weight loss, compared to hypnotherapy to lose weight. Whilst all participants lost weight, those who undertook hypnotherapy lost more on average, warranting further research into hypnotherapy as a potential treatment option for obesity.
For sustained weight loss, hypnotherapy should be used alongside a healthy eating plan and exercise regime. If you want advice about eating better and exercising, you may find it useful to speak to your doctor or a nutrition professional. It is often a combined effort of all these things that lead to success.
How does hypnotherapy to lose weight work?
Hypnotherapy to lose weight is becoming increasingly popular. People all over the world are finding it helpful for maintaining a healthy weight in the long term. Over time, through a series of weight loss hypnotherapy sessions, with the help of hypnotherapy, you will learn how to replace negative habits, thoughts, and eating patterns with more positive ones.
Hypnotherapy to lose weight works by helping you to redefine and reshape your relationship with and attitudes towards food and eating. For many, it can offer a sense of relief and lessen stress or tension around food and eating. Hypnotherapy can help you to break down attachments or unhealthy methods of coping that you may have subconsciously formed with food, helping you to recognise these unhelpful thoughts and processes.
It can also help you to learn how to reframe your approach to weight loss. Instead of viewing the process as ‘hard’, ‘impossible’, or ‘bound to fail’, hypnotherapy can help you to gain a clearer picture of your motivations for wanting to lose weight, helping you to become more focused and to stay motivated.
For example, you may think you want to lose weight to ‘look better’ – but that alone may not be a strong enough motivator. Why do you want to ‘look better’ – do you actually want to feel better? Is your confidence low? Are you worrying that your appearance may be impacting your career progression, your romantic relationships, or even influencing how your children’s own relationships with food are developing? Through better understanding why you want to lose weight, your hypnotherapist can help you towards achieving your goal.
What to expect from hypnotherapy to lose weight
What actually happens during a hypnotherapy session for weight loss? Knowing what to expect can take some of the worry out of the unknown. Before you begin your hypnotherapy sessions, typically your therapist will talk through how hypnosis works, establish what goals you wish to achieve, and find out if there are any specific areas you wish to address.
During a typical hypnotherapy session, as your hypnotherapist, I will:
Guide you into a state of deep relaxation. Once your body and mind are fully relaxed, we can gain will access more easily to your unconscious mind (the part of us that works all of the time, but that we’re not necessarily aware of, such as our survival mechanisms and innate instincts).
I use soothing, carefully worded scripts to explore your reasons for overeating, and suggest new ways of thinking through visualisations. You have the control to reject any suggestions you don’t feel happy with.
Through hypnotherapy to lose weight, you can learn to enjoy the taste of healthy food and stop craving sugary, fatty foods. You should also learn to enjoy your body and not see it as a source of anxiety. By tackling those deep feelings that form the foundations of your eating habits, hypnotherapy to lose weight can help you adopt a healthier lifestyle and a happier mindset.
How much does hypnotherapy to lose weight cost?
The cost of hypnotherapy for weight loss varies. I charge £90 per session in London and online.
Is hypnotherapy to lose weight safe?
Yes, hypnosis and hypnotherapy is safe for most people. While adverse reactions are rare, some potential side effects can include experiencing headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, or anxiety. If you suffer from dementia or a condition in which you experience hallucinations, consult your doctor as to your suitability for hypnotherapy.
What are weight loss blocks?
Lots of people try and fail to lose weight for a number of reasons. These reasons, otherwise known as ‘secondary gains’, are often unconscious, making it hard for us to overcome them.
The truth is, we can sometimes gain comfort by not making changes. We feel safe staying just as we are. So, we might consciously want to lose weight, but something in the subconscious is preventing us from making it a reality. Hypnotherapy to lose weight aims to expose these reasons, allowing clients to finally break through barriers that may have been preventing them from losing weight for many years.
Below are common reasons why you might find it hard to successfully lose weight.
You comfort eat
If you’ve ever found yourself reaching for a chocolate bar after a busy day, or ordering a takeaway when you feel lonely and sad, then you might be a comfort eater. As a comfort eater, you will find it more difficult to lose weight because you’ve let food become your coping mechanism and, without it, you might not know how to deal with your emotions. Hypnotherapy to lose weight can help to address this, helping you learn how to process negative emotions in a way that doesn’t lead to comfort eating.
You eat mindlessly
In order to lose weight, you have to be completely honest about how much you eat and exercise. Even when you keep a food diary or use a food-tracking app, it’s easy to forget about the odd snack here and there. Perhaps you pick at ingredients while you make dinner? Do you grab something on your commute to work, or tuck into a biscuit with your afternoon tea?
It’s often these ‘on the go’ foods that catch us out but they really do add up. Even if you religiously stick to salad for dinner, conveniently ignoring all the things you eat in-between won’t be doing you any favours. This type of mindless eating is something hypnotherapy for weight loss can help you to overcome.
If mindful eating is something you struggle with, gastric band hypnotherapy could help you. The idea is to make you feel fuller for longer, which can help to prevent constant grazing throughout the day.
You ban food
Like a mysterious box you’re told not to open, eliminating certain foods from your diet can make them all the more appealing. If you find yourself restricting the foods you eat, you’re more likely to want to binge when your willpower takes a dip.
The key to sustainable and healthy weight loss is to learn mindful eating. If you can eat mindfully, savouring every bite, then you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite foods in moderation and avoid putting on weight.
Significantly, a key part of hypnotherapy to lose weight is helping clients to eat consciously, putting emotional factors aside and develop a stable relationship with food that promotes a healthy weight, long-term.
You don’t exercise enough
Exercise is just as important as diet when it comes to losing weight. Sometimes mental blocks can stop us from wanting to exercise, including:
- feeling a lack of energy
- feeling too self-conscious to exercise in public
- convincing yourself you’ll ‘go tomorrow’ (every day)
Weight loss hypnotherapy can help you break down those mental blocks that are stopping you from making the most of your body. More often than not, getting your body moving and your heart pumping will make you feel better about yourself in general, leading to healthier behaviours and happiness in the long term.
How long does hypnotherapy to lose weight take?
The length and number of sessions needed can vary from person to person, depending on your goals. Some people may see results in as few as two or three sessions, whilst others may need 10 or more sessions to help reinforce suggestions and positive changes.
If you’re ready to speak to begin your journey to a slimmer you, get in touch today.