Exercise and eat clean are too mainstream for the dieter if they want to lose some weight. We are not saying that exercise and a clean diet is not good. Unfortunately, it is quite hard if you already hit your 30’s and 40’s year of old. It’s become burdensome to you as you need to allocate sometime running or exercise at the same time to manage with your busy schedule.
Other than that, eating healthy food without proper knowledge and planning also will not give you a good result. Sometimes those healthy foods were tasteless and make you craving for sweets. The worst part is, without strong determination, you can easily give up!
Can Hypnosis Really Help You Lose Weight?
Hypnosis works well with weight loss. It does sound ridiculous if this is the first time that you hear about this. But this statement already had been back up by multiple studies in the medical journal. But…
A few studies have evaluated the use of weight-loss hypnosis. Most studies showed only slight weight loss, with an average loss of about 6 pounds (2.7 kilograms) over 18 months. Well, it is true that hypnosis alone will not bring you anywhere.
If you want a better result, you need to combine hypnosis with a healthy lifestyle. If you manage to do this, it can help you to shed off some weight and keep it off longer. Early studies found that people who used hypnosis loss weight twice more than people who are dieted without therapy.
So how actually hypnosis can help in weight loss?
What is hypnosis?
According to the American Psychological Association, hypnosis is defined as therapeutic techniques conduct by clinicians and makes suggestions to individuals after put them on a focus and relaxing mind.
At this state, those individuals can turn all their attention inside their minds to find and utilize any values within themselves that are worth to help them to make changes or regain control of their lives.
Hypnosis for weight loss, facts or myths?
According to a study that was conducted on 109 people who undergo behavioral treatment for weight loss are divided into two groups which are behavioral treatment with hypnosis and without hypnosis. As a result, the hypnotherapy group continued to lose weight after two years while the control group shows a fewer change in weight.
The most interesting part is, based on analysis of several studies show that individuals who have to undergo cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for weight reduction with adding of hypnosis resulted in almost double of the weight loss.
How to lose weight with the use of hypnosis?
Traci Stein, a health psychologist states that hypnosis isn’t meant to be a “diet” but it is a tool that will help the dieter to be a success by eating nutritious food and exercising. Moreover, she says that the hypnosis allows the individuals to overcome their mental barriers in achieving their goals by experiencing in a multi-sensory way what it feels like when they are strong, fit and in control. She also added that hypnosis can actually solve the underlying psychological problem that causes them to hate exercise, experience intense cravings, binge at night or eat mindlessly. In a nutshell, mind control can actually help you to lose some weight.
Lose weight with these 10 ways of hypnosis!
Jean Fain, Harvard Medical School psychotherapist have shared ten hypnotic’s suggestions to lose some weight for us to try.
- The answer lies within.
Hypnotherapist believes that you do not need another external factor to push you, it is all within yourselves. It is all about trusting yourselves that you can lose some weight and become more slimming. Even a crash diet or the latest appetite suppressant does not work on you if you are not determined enough to lose weight.
This is so true. Did you know a lot of people out there spend a thousand dollars to buy a diet program or fitness class but still fail to get their ideal weight? Why? Because the problem is within yourself. You are not mentally prepared or lack of motivation, this is why you’re not success. If you are in this group, the first step that you need to make is changing your mindset.
- Believing is seeing.
As a human being you tend to achieve what you think you can achieve. Same application with hypnosis. If the subjects have been tricked into believing that they could be hypnotized, they actually do believe it. This expectation of being helped is crucial. It makes them actually believe that their weight loss plan will succeed no matter how hard it is. People believe what they want to believe.
- Accentuate the positive.
Instead of using aversive suggestions, try to be more positive. It true that negative suggestions such as “Doughnuts will sicken you” will help you, but it only lasts for a while. Hypnotherapy team consists of Doctors Herbert Spiegel and his son, David Spiegel suggest a most popular positive suggestion: “For my body, too much food is damaging. I need my body to live in. I owe my body respect and protection.” They also suggest their clients write their own encouraging mantras. As a result, one of their clients which are 50-year-old mother lost 50-pound plus after repeat, her mantras daily which are “Unnecessary food is a burden on my body. I’m going to shed what I don’t need.”
- If you imagine it, it will come
Visualize victory is yours will eventually prepare you for victorious in reality just like an athlete. Therefore, try to imagine that you eat healthy food in a day. This will make your vision more clearly on what you need to do in order to become a healthy eater. You also can use an old picture of yours with a comfortable weight and try to recall back what you are doing back then to maintain in those weights.
- Send food cravings flying
In order to overcome food cravings, hypnotherapist suggests the subject to send them up or away by encouraging them to put food that they are craving on fluffy white clouds or in hot air balloon before release it.
- Two strategies are better than one.
Hypnotics itself is better working with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It helps you a lot in changing your thoughts as well as your behaviors.
- Modify, modify, modify.
Milton Erickson, MD, late hypnosis innovator has been pointed out about the necessity of using an existing pattern in altering your diets. For example, try to modify your menu by changing your highest-calorie, ice cream with a cup of frozen yogurt.
- Like it or not, it’s survival of the fattest.
Survival instinct is the most powerful feeling and no suggestion is good enough to override it.
- Practice make perfect.
You cannot achieve your body goals if you are only going for one hypnosis session and run for just one day. This practice needs to be done repeatedly every day so that it can change your diet. It kills two birds with one stone if you can also change your behavioral during eating such as with slow and natural breath.
- Congrats-it’s a relapse.
Hypnosis sees relapse as a good thing, not a distortion. Why it is? Because you can learn a lot of things from relapse. From that, you know how to handle those difficulties in different ways. Thus, it will make you more prepare for any life’s unavoidable temptations.
Can I depend solely on the hypnosis to lose weight?
It is not suggested to depend solely in weight-loss hypnosis because it is less likely to contribute towards a significant weight loss. Try your best to achieve a desirable weight together with a healthy diet and exercise. You can ask some expertise about any other options or changes in lifestyle that you can make. One of the program out there that caught my interest is Neuro Slimmer System.
It’s a hypnotherapy program that focuses on convincing your subconscious mind or reprogramming your brain for weight loss. It teaches you how to reprogram a specific belief, behavior or habit toward food, eating, and your body.
Other than that all the method suggested in this program are natural. Its teaches you to lose weight by using herbs, spies, food, practicing simple body movement, control sugar craving and overcome food addiction. I’ve write a long review about this program, if you are interested you can check it through the link below.
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