I see many people at my Sheffield hypnotherapy clinic who are interested in using hypnotherapy to help them lose weight but how does it have an effect?
Most people who want to gain or lose weight are very aware of their internal dialogue regarding food. This internal dialogue can be thought of as a conversation between different parts of your personality.
One voice says "Go for it! It doesn't matter if you have another slice of cake...it does taste really good" The other voice says "You have had some cake already, you don't need any more."
Hypnotherapy Can Help Weight Loss Through Changing Your Relationship With Food
In people who weigh more than they would like I would imagine this kind of internal conversation is quite familiar. I would also imagine that in most cases the first voice is louder and more persuasive than the second voice and this results in unhealthy food being eaten more than it should be.
This example is based on what numerous weight loss clients have told me during their consultations. Clients also come to my Sheffield hypnotherapy practice claiming that they eat a fairly healthy diet but they are still unable to decrease their weight to a level that they are happy with.
These people often don't have any idea about portion control or how the speed they eat effects their weight.
Hypnotherapy Can Help Change Portion Size, Speed Of Eating And What You Eat
You could eat a reasonably healthy diet but too much of it. These people often eat too fast which doesn't give the brain long enough to receive and process the message from the stomach that it is full. This results in people eating way too much and only stopping when they have cleared their plate or physically can't manage another bit.
This is where hypnotherapy can help
Hypnotherapy can help that internal voice that looks after your well-being to be louder and more persuasive.
It can help to reduce the volume and reduce the power that more unhealthy voice has. Hypnotherapy can help with portion control too. You can become much more aware of what you are putting on your plate.
The final area hypnotherapy can help is the speed you eat. If you eat slower and chew your food more it will be much easier for your body to digest and you will be able to savour the taste of the food in your mouth for longer therefore getting more satisfaction from what you eat.
In taking longer to eat the body has more time to become aware of when it is naturally full. At this point the hypnotherapy can help yet again and give you the ability to put down your knife and fork whenever you reach this point and end your meal, regardless of how much food is left on your plate.
Weight Loss Can Be Slow But Steady & Safe With Hypnotherapy
I have helped many people at my Sheffield hypnotherapy practice to lose weight in this way. The weight loss is often slow but steady which means it is healthy weight loss. It is very unhealthy to lose a large amount of weight in a short time and this kind of weight loss is usually temporary.
When you get more in touch with your body's natural rhythms and requirements you can have a much more long term weight loss I often give my clients the example of animals in wildlife documentaries to put into context their diet.
Animals never need to go on diets do they? You never see fat animals on wildlife documentaries. The only fat animals you will ever see are ones which humans have domesticated.
Wild animals strike a natural balance with their environment and what they eat and as a result they are almost always the same size, proportionally, as other animals in their species Humans are animals also. We have the capability to strike a natural balance between what we put into our bodies and our weight.
If you eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full and generally eat healthy foods you can be the weight you want to be and you can maintain it
- No need to count calories
- No need to only eat food off the "allowed" list
- No need to avoid "bad" foods
- By listening to you own body you can find a more long term, more healthy and more natural answer to weight loss
About the author:
Richard Hennessy is the principal hypnotherapist at Focused Hypnosis. He founded Focused Hypnosis in 2009 and since then it has consistently been one of the highest rated hypnotherapy clinics in Sheffield. It is now the biggest hypnotherapy practise in Sheffield. Richard specialises in weight management.