5 Ways Hypnosis Works for Weight Loss

 

Dieting doesn’t work for permanent weight loss. Any diet works short term if the dieter sticks to the diet.   However the ability to be that self disciplined is finite. In other words a person’s self discipline and self control weakens over the course of a day. So what can you do to lose weight and then to maintain that weight loss? Obviously you will need to change in some significant ways.

hypnosis is the perfect tool to help people to lose weight and keep it off. hypnosis helps by making important changes to the dieters mind set and habits in the following five ways.

  1. It works by improving the person’s ability to eat healthy.   hypnosis will help to improve the ability to be disciplined by using the subconscious mind to change the person’s thoughts and feelings about food. The new healthier thoughts are made automatic by using hypnosis and conditioning to inundate the mind with healthy suggestions.

 

  1. Hypnosis will also make the person more aware of how their stomach feels, to feel full faster with less food. It helps the dieter notice the feeling of fullness and then to stop eating.   This feeling will be part of what guides this person’s behavior.

 

  1. It also works with the person’s emotions. To change old habits of using food for uncomfortable emotions and feelings like boredom, Anxiety and stress. Once the subconscious or feeling mind understands that giving a person the desire for food when they are not physically hungry will not help them it will only hurt.

 

  1. Hypnosis will help the dieter to deal more effectively with food cravings. Typically a craving is coming from the mind and not the body. Of course low blood sugar will give you a craving for food. But when the craving is not related to lack of food or low blood sugar it is coming from the minds desire or addiction to certain foods

 

  1. The motivation to exercise and create a more active lifestyle is also something you can develop through hypnosis. By becoming enamored with a lifestyle that includes movement and the desire for health you have a person more motivated to improve their life.

 

Nothing changes unless the thought’s and behaviors change. Using hypnosis works better than talk therapy and coaching for weight loss because you are actively and purposefully connecting to the subconscious mind.

 

 

Get Over the “All or Nothing” Mindset and Lose Weight Permanently

Halloween now kicks off the holiday eating season. The beginning of this “season” used to be Thanksgiving. However Halloween is now a huge retail and eating holiday as well. There are parties and baskets of candy everywhere along with Halloween cupcakes and other treats.

Holiday eating is one of the ways people throw off their ability to lose weight permanently. Everyone does it but the people who are able to shed those extra pounds think differently. They are able to realize that it’s only one day and then get right back to their normal healthy eating behavior.

The people who don’t get back to normal eating patterns have the “all or nothing” mindset. A person who has this mindset will sabotage themselves repeatedly. Let’s face it folks, if you’d just stop eating after the holiday it only takes a couple of days for the extra weight to come off. The “all or nothing” thinkers do not think logically and rationally about food. To say to oneself that because you had a couple of pieces of candy it is now OK to binge on candy and cake is not only illogical but ridiculous. This behavior in my practice is one of the key indicators of people not able to lose weight permanently.

Until a person is able to overcome that mindset they will continue to be under the control of holiday eating. Every year the average American packs on 7-10 pounds during the holidays. Most never get rid of those excess pounds and every year they add another 7-10. If you then add to the holiday list birthdays, anniversaries and vacations it is easy to see how people gain weight year after year.

The following are seven ways to change the holiday eating behavior and overcome “all or nothing” thinking:

  1. To recognize this behavior in your self is the first step to change.
  2. Use your mind better- in other words when you recognize those thoughts do something to distract yourself from thoughts of food.
  3. Journal about the emotions that you have about the holiday and food.
  4. Eat more mindfully. Sit to eat and focus on the food so that you enjoy what you are eating.  Chew your food thoroughly.
  5. Make sure to get some exercise so that you can burn off what you’ve eaten and feel more in control.
  6. Let go of the guilt and realize that if you get back to normal eating your weight will drop.
  7. Get rid of leftovers. This includes the Halloween candy too.

Hypnosis for Behavior Change and Weight Loss

The average diet lasts 72 hours.   hypnosis and behavior modification can make weight loss permanent. Obviously the habits and behaviors with food need to change if any weight loss is to become a part of your life. My clients are typically those people who want to lose between 20 and 150 lbs.

All behavior comes from thought. Using hypnosis I assist my clients in changing certain aspects of their thinking and by changing the thoughts about food you change the behavior.

Emotional eating is a major reason why people gain excess weight. It may have started with holiday eating and then just become a habit. However, oftentimes uncomfortable emotions have been a trigger to eat since childhood. Changing your desire to eat emotionally may sound overwhelming. However using hypnotherapy makes it simpler and the process much smoother. hypnosis makes you more self aware. Becoming more aware of how you think and realizing what those thoughts are doing to your behavior allows you to gain a level of control over your eating behavior.

Working with those that eat emotionally we go through a process of discovering the emotional reasons and then help the client to find a better response to the emotion. Using food because of an emotion is never appropriate. Once the person has used food to resolve an emotion it will quickly become habitual. This ability of the mind to make behaviors habitual or automatic can be useful however it can also create negative automatic behaviors.

Once we have created a shift in emotional eating the rest of weight loss sessions are to create and reinforce healthy eating. We use hypnosis to increase motivation and self discipline as well. As soon as a person feels their self discipline increasing and feels better about them self they will naturally make better choices and begin to lose excess weight.

Stress Management using Hypnosis

According to the American Medical Association approximately 80% of the patients who visit an internal medicine doctor are there due to the long term effects of stress. Long term chronic stress or a person’s perception of the stress causes a great deal of physical damage and is underlying almost all disease. Symptoms like headaches, back pain, stomach problems, rapid heart rate, fatigue, nervous habits, cognitive problems and the list goes on and on.

Stress is a normal physical response to an event or problem that makes you feel threatened or overwhelmed. Our nervous system is sensitive to danger in order to keep us safe. But the same system that helps us avoid physical danger can be the system that creates long term chronic stress and damages our mind and body.

When the fight or flight response kicks in we are sent into a focused, energetic and alert state. This state can help you to meet challenges, make you sharp when doing presentations, help you to react quickly in an accident or other dangerous situation. However the problems arise when we stay in this state too much or when every little thing that goes wrong sends us into hyper drive. When adrenaline and cortisol are released constantly the damage it does to the body is extreme. Over time it will damage and inflame every system of your body and this includes the brain. Things like memory problems, the inability to concentrate, seeing only the negative and constant poor judgment are directly related to chronic or high levels of stress.

To break this pattern, it is important to take back some control. Using hypnosis to calm the central nervous system is the first step I take with my clients. Then we work to change their thinking regarding the stressors in their life. Alleviating negative habits like procrastination, too much alcohol, improving sleep and connecting more to others will make a big impact on the perception of stress. Also to be able to self-soothe is incredibly important to the reduction of stress.

You have more control then you might think. The simple realization that you are in control of your life is the foundation of stress management. So do something that makes you feel in control and you will feel your sense of well-being grow.

You Think too Much!

The mind is a thinking machine and most people think too much.  This is a fact.  Actually the average person has 50,000-60,000 thoughts a day.   An astronomical 90% of thoughts are repetitive and 75-80% of those repeating thoughts are negative.

The reality is that our thinking mind thinks that’s its job.  However, we have another part of the mind and by connecting the two we can create better mental functioning. Our conscious mind or thinking mind analyzes and worries and our emotional or intuitive mind “knows”.

If we spend too much time using only the thinking mind we create embedded patterns of thought.  These are the negative thoughts that constantly flow through the mind creating fear, worry and stress.  The more we do this the more it becomes habitual and there lies the problem.

The subconscious or intuitive mind is in charge of making thoughts automatic so that it can spend time doing other things like running the autonomic nervous system.   The more a thought is connected to strong emotion the more likely it will become a pattern.  This is one of the premises behind many NLP and hypnosis processes.  If you can remove the emotional connection to a negative experience often times the attached feeling will no longer be triggered.

The best way to develop the connection between the thinking and knowing minds is by using meditation or self hypnosis.   Another way to develop this aspect of mind is by doing anything that results in mindfulness, which is often called “flow” or “the zone” This can sound intimidating but in reality anything that you become deeply engrossed in will create the benefits of mindfulness.  So playing golf or tennis, if you are able to get into the desired “zone”, will create mindfulness.   Playing music and doing art are other ways to get into the zone.  Mindful exercise like walking, yoga, chi gong and tai chi are also great ways to develop the intuitive/knowing mind.

Getting into the zone or flow state has many positive benefits for physical health as well as developing the mind.  It will create an increase in positive indicators of health, like improving sleep, optimizing blood pressure, dropping high cholesterol and releasing muscle tension and stress.

So find your way to get in the zone.  It doesn’t matter what your path is all that matters is that you spend 20-30 minutes a day in a mindful state.   In this way both parts of your mind will come into balance.  You will spend less time thinking, worrying and stressing about things you can’t control and more time knowing what you want to create in your life.