Hypnosis for Weight Loss
Do you want to lose weight while feeling inspired and confident? Do you want your results to last? If so, practice hypnosis and strengthen your conviction to lose that weight.
Research studies have found hypnosis to be an effective weight loss tool. In one study, the results indicated that adding hypnosis increased weight loss by an average of 97%. Additionally, hypnosis increased the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy for weight loss after treatment by over 146%, which means that hypnosis helped make the results last. (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996). The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), the largest U.S. organization for health and mental health care professionals using clinical hypnosis, endorses the use of hypnosis for weight loss.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a mental skill that helps you focus your mind and create new mental pictures to help you reach your goals. It’s really quite simple. You begin by closing your eyes and then using mind/body techniques to become relaxed. A relaxed state helps you become emotionally open to receive the positive images you then create in your mind. These positive images become the mental blueprint that guides you towards the fulfillment of your goals. After some initial training you can do this on your own. Hypnosis is similar to visualization with specialized techniques that enhance the process.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is like using a magnifying glass in the sunlight. When the sun’s rays are focused in a single pinpoint of light they are strong enough to start a fire. In the same way, hypnosis works by focusing and concentrating your mind’s attention so that you can use your mind in a very powerful way.
Misconceptions about Hypnosis
Myth: Hypnosis means someone is controlling my mind.
Fact: All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. It is a process you do yourself with some initial professional guidance. You always are in control. Stage hypnotists use volunteers who often are highly suggestible, uninhibited people who are comfortable with being the focus of attention. No one can make you cluck like a chicken without your permission!
Myth: I’ll lose consciousness.
Fact: In hypnosis you enter an altered state of consciousness, or trance, but you are not unconscious. A trance state is not unlike those moments when you are absorbed in reading a good book and are unaware of someone calling your name. You are so focused on reading that you momentarily are unaware of your surroundings. Hypnosis is simply a tool that helps you use that focused state in positive and powerful ways.
Myth: Hypnosis is a magic cure.
Fact: While hypnosis is a powerful and easy process, there is nothing magical or mystical about it. It is not a magic cure for weight loss and is best used in conjunction with a healthy nutritional plan and exercise. Results are obtained from using the process on a consistent basis and not from one session.
How does hypnosis help?
Hypnosis does not guarantee that you will lose a certain number of pounds within a certain time frame. What it does guarantee, however, is that you have an easily accessible tool to help you eliminate underlying negative beliefs and replace them with more confident ones. This creates an easier pathway towards weight loss success.
Your imagination is extremely powerful, even more powerful than will-power. You may be very motivated to reach your weight loss goals. But if you continue to see yourself as an overweight person, harbor sub-conscious fears about losing weight, or if there’s a little voice inside that says you can’t do it, you are fighting an uphill battle. This is because, despite your best intentions, your subconscious calls the shots. It’s not your fault! Hypnosis helps you to partner with your subconscious by taking charge of your thoughts and beliefs. It helps you to neutralize negative images and replace them with positive pictures of success. You create a strong mental foundation that is essential to help you release weight and make it permanent.
How do I begin?
It is recommended that you learn hypnosis for weight loss by a hypnotherapist, that is, a mental health practitioner who has been trained in hypnosis. Those marketing themselves as “hypnotists” may have learned some hypnosis techniques but they are not necessarily qualified or experienced in the psychological aspects of compulsive overeating and behavioral change. Follow these guidelines offered by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) in helping you select a qualified practitioner. You also may use ASCH’s member referral search or the find a therapist link at Psychology Today to search for psychotherapists in your geographic area who practice hypnosis.
Are you open to using hypnosis for weight control?
Diane Petrella, MSW is a psychotherapist and life coach. She offers her clients a spiritual approach to weight loss and helps them develop a loving, respectful relationship with their bodies. Receive a free copy of Diane’s Seven Easy & Effortless Weight Loss Secrets by signing up for her monthly e-newsletter, Living Lightly, for spiritual insights and tips to release weight with confidence and love. Visit her website at www.dianepetrella.com