Hypnotherapy for Weight Management - how it works and why it helps.
Even though we consciously know that to lose weight we need to eat less and move more, we still struggle with keeping our weight to the level we desire. Often, it's because there's a lot of baggage in our unconscious that's weighing us down. Hypnotherapy is a tool that can help you focus on what you need to achieve for weight-loss success.
There's no denying it, trying to lose weight can be a long and challenging journey. If you've ever tried and failed to lose weight before, then you probably know just how frustrating it can be - especially when feelings like stress, low self-esteem, sadness and boredom crop up.
It's not unusual for people to get into a cycle of dieting, overeating, feeling guilty and dieting again. This is known as 'yo-yo dieting' and makes weight loss difficult to sustain.
While fad diets and nutrition plans focus on what you put in your mouth and how often, hypnotherapy changes how you feel about what you eat. For instance - on a diet you might eat a carrot and wish you were eating a carrot cake, but with hypnotherapy you can learn to enjoy the carrot and not give that cake a second thought. It might be hard to imagine a world where you'd happily turn down your favourite food for something healthier, but with certain hypnotherapy for weight loss techniques it may be possible to change your thinking patterns and gain control over cravings in a way that doesn't depress you.
By targeting the unconscious mind, I will help you develop a new, positive relationship with food and exercise. The aim is to make you feel confident about your body, change any negative thoughts about eating and help you lose weight healthily and responsibly without impacting your emotional wellbeing.
Keeping trim should be a long-term goal, not a short-term obsession.
Although many people succeed in losing weight in the short term, they often have trouble keeping it off and that's where hypnotherapy can lead to success. A study published in the Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology in 1995 looked at six studies relating to obesity and weight loss and concluded that "the addition of hypnosis substantially enhanced treatment outcome". The patients who underwent hypnosis continued to lose weight even after the treatment had ended.
The singer Lily Allen, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (former member of the British Royal family), the model Sophie Dahl and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell all turned to hypnotherapy to manage and maintain their desired weight - you can too!
All sessions are available online if you can't make it to my practice rooms in Bath or Salisbury.
Kirsch, I., G. Montgomery, and G. Sapirstein. 1995. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments—Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 63: 214—20.