If you have been trying to lose weight you will have most likely figured out something by now. Weight loss is not purely physical, there is a massive mental component involved in this process too.
Let’s face it, losing weight is not easy is it? What I have personally encountered is that the more weight I have put on the worse I feel about myself… so let’s eat another cookie to feel better right?
It can become a vicious circle of feeling bad about oneself, then eating on those feelings to “feel better” and making the situation worse.
The more weight you gain, the harder it becomes to start exercising and eating properly. It just becomes easier and easier to put off what needs to be done for another day.
So while some of the challenges for losing weight are physiological when you add the psychological aspect, losing weight can often become an unattainable goal for a lot of people.
It can be especially hard for new moms. Yes there are plenty of tips to help you lose weight after giving birth but how exactly does a new mother find not only the time and energy to lose weight, but also the inclination and motivation to get started.
So How Exactly Does Hypnosis Help for Weight Loss?
Yes, hypnosis can most certainly help for weight loss, but perhaps not in the way that you think.
Hypnosis is not how you see it in the movies where you are forced to do something against your will at the snap of someone’s fingers.
So it doesn’t get programmed into you that you need to exercise every day and against your will you trot out the front door every day at the crack of dawn for a run. Nor will you be forced against your will to eat greens for every meal.
When people talk about hypnosis for weight loss they are referring to hypnotherapy, not stage hypnosis that we so readily associate with the word hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is quite different. Hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy. It works on the sub-conscious level.
Hypnosis for Weight Loss helps to change those negative thought patterns
Let’s face it we associate eating with comfort, but not when it comes to a salad… this usually only counts when you are eating things that are not great for you like cake, chocolate and ice cream.
When we think of eating salads or running around the block our first reaction is usually rather negative.
Hypnosis for weight loss uses elements of NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming).
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. NLP’s creators claim there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.
In simple terms and for the topic of this post it just means that hypnosis for weight loss involves slowly but surely reprogramming the way you think about weight loss and the things you will be needing to do to lose weight.
It will work on changing your subconscious thought processes from feeling negative towards exercise to a more positive approach.
Here is an example:
Exercise is hard work and not enjoyable VS Exercise is good for my body and my mind.
Once you are feeling more positive towards the things you need to do to start losing weight it will be much easier for you to get motivated and to start putting all the good things into action.
This does not mean that by making use of hypnosis you will lose weight without doing anything, it simply means that a lot of the psychological challenges will be overcome, making putting the actual work in easier. It will make the whole process a lot more enjoyable for you too.
Have you ever heard the saying “Where thought goes energy flows”? This is always true.
If you are sitting in a state of negative feelings towards losing weight, with negative self talk your chances of losing weight are probably doomed.
The moment you start feeling more positive and motivated towards losing weight your chances of success increase exponentially.
Where can you go for Hynosis for Weight Loss?
Well there are plenty of people offering Hypnosis for weight loss and for many other things too, like quitting smoking. You can just ask around or do a Google search to find someone near you.
The other option is to find free hypnosis weight loss instructions online which is my number one choice. Not only is it free which is always a bonus, but this is a personal process. I also like doing things in my own time and in my own home, since this means I can fit things around my family and commitments at home.
While you can go to a Hypnotherapist that will help you with this process, it is your process. You are the one that needs to change the way you think and the way you feel about losing weight.
I am busy with Mike Budrant’s weight loss hypnosis on his website and I am really enjoying it. Mike Budrant is a retired psychotherapist, Master NLP trainer, and practicing life coach.
If you scroll to the bottom of his post explaining a bit more about the process of hypnosis for weight loss you will find the track at the bottom. You can download it or you can listen to it directly on his website.
I challenge you to also try this out, I will update you all soon on my progress since I have made a commitment to myself to lose my mum tum this year!
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