Struggling to lose weight is one of the biggest reasons why people turn to hypnotherapy and if you’re currently thinking about using it as a treatment for weight loss, you’re probably wondering how it works and what the chances of success are.
Here’s what you need to know about hypnotherapy as a way to help you to lose weight for good!
What is Involved?
Because there is so much of an emotional connection behind most people’s weight loss struggles, hypnosis is actually only part of the treatment. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is also used to help you to change your eating habits in the long term and this is one of the big factors in the success rate for weight loss hypnotherapy.
If you have a particular issue such as binge eating, or late night snacking, or boredom eating etc, your hypnotherapist can help change the habit into a healthier one.
You may also be overeating from an old pattern of behaviour such as when you were pregnant. A lot of women struggle to lose weight after their first child because of the increase in appetite while pregnant and breast feeding.
Your hypnotherapist will help you to pinpoint why you feel compelled to use food in certain ways so that you can start to change your relationship with it. You may not realise it prior to starting hypnotherapy treatment but chances are, there are some key reasons why your weight loss goals have been eluding you. Once you know where the problem lies, it’s a lot easier to start tackling it through hypnotherapy and finding ways of dealing with emotions and situations that are more helpful so that food is no longer the “answer”.
This is really evident with the “hypno-band” or virtual gastric band” approach, which fools your subconscious mind into thinking that you have had gastric band surgery so that you feel full sooner and eat less food. This method is a lot safer and cheaper than gastric band surgery. In fact, it’s a totally risk-free option as hypnotherapy is such a natural form of therapy.
It’s also a lot more likely to help you to manage your weight in the long term as there is such a strong focus on the underlying reasons behind your eating habits. One of the big disadvantages of gastric band surgery is that it doesn’t do this and many people, unfortunately, find themselves putting weight on again afterwards because their eating patterns and relationship with food is still the same as it was before.
How Long Does It Take?
It usually takes up to three or four sessions to achieve big gains although some clients do start to see a change pretty much straight away.
A lot will depend on how badly you want to make things happen. Hypnotherapy can’t force you to do things you don’t want to do so you’re unlikely to see any real progress if you’re not truly committed to making the necessary changes to get to where you want to be.
How Likely Is It to Work?
One of the main reasons why it can be so hard to lose weight and keep it off is the fact that there can be psychological barriers that stop you from successfully making lasting changes to your eating habits.
If you’ve been struggling to manage your weight for any great length of time, this is probably the main culprit but if you can address it, you’ll be on the right path!
This is where hypnotherapy can really come into its own as it tackles the very things that are destroying your weight loss efforts and paves the way for long term success.
During hypnosis, you’re laying the groundwork for big changes as your subconscious mind will be a lot more receptive to taking on board suggestions that will alter your relationship with food and break the emotional connection.
You’ll develop more positive thoughts about food and a healthier relationship with it. This will help to make your weight loss more sustainable so you don’t slip back into your previous eating habits.