Today I’d like to share a guest post from The Therapy Lounge about hypnotherapy for weight loss. I have read more about this approach in the media recently so was interested to find out more…
Think Yourself Thin – Can You Really Lose Weight Using Hypnotherapy?
Living with being overweight or the fear of putting on weight can be an all consuming vicious cycle. You diet, you cheat on the diet, you feel guilty, so why bother stopping at one double choc chip cookie, may as well finish the packet and start the diet again tomorrow…sound familiar? When you’re on a diet food (or the sheer lack of if you’ve followed half the crazy fads out there) becomes your focus, with temptation all around, and hunger pangs almost a reward as it shows you’ve stuck to it. Trouble is it’s simply not maintainable, after the diet is over you return to your old behaviour and relapse into unhealthy eating habits all over again. For weight loss to be long term, calorie counting just doesn’t cut it. You have to change your way of thinking.
Without addressing the root cause of your weight issues, you are not in control, your subconscious is. Your subconscious mind controls memory and emotions and it is this that hypnotherapy taps into. When you are in a state of deep relaxation, you can be guided towards a specific goal. For you that could be the ability to stop at just one cookie, or even better to make the subconscious decision that you now prefer a crisp, sweet and juicy pink lady apple for your snack! The aim is self-empowerment to enable you to let go of past habits and move forward with a new positive outlook that will inform your everyday food and lifestyle choices. Therapist at The Therapy Lounge note that most of their clients’ weight issues stem from emotional over eating due to stress, boredom, loneliness or unhappiness. It is believed that you can change your relationship with food by dealing with pent up emotions that have been pushed to the back of your mind but still act as trigger for your over eating. If you think about those inspirational people who have managed to lose weight and keep it off, they’ve essentially practiced a form of self hypnosis. They will undoubtedly have substituted healthy food and exercise for their old life of fast food and comfy couches, and that is what weight loss hypnotherapy promises to help you achieve too.
Is There any Proof Behind the Theory?
The growing body of evidence in favour of hypnotherapy for successful treatment of weight issues is beginning to convince the traditional medical establishment that costly and often ineffective surgery and chucking drugs down the throat of the problem is not the only answer. The NHS are now even funding trials to test the reported 95% success rate of the treatment. The National Library of Medicine reports that hypnosis is one of only three ‘evidence-based’ complimentary therapies for the treatment of obesity. This means there is undisputable, categorical scientific evidence that it works. Many studies have been carried out on this subject and the results back this up. For example, a study carried out on 109 people aged from 17 to 67 reported in The Journal of Clinical Psychology found evidence that those who used hypnosis lost 97% more weight and successfully maintained their personal weight goals long term compared to those who didn’t. Another clinical study investigating the effects of hypnosis as a treatment for weight loss among women found they lost an average of 17 pounds compared with a loss of only 5 pounds for the women who didn’t use it. This empirical data all reaches the same basic conclusion; hypnotherapy is clinically proven to be effective in weight reduction.
Will It Work For You?
For it to work you have to participate with your full attention. It can’t make you do something you don’t want to. You have to want to change. The skills of the therapist are paramount so when searching for one check they are a member of The General Hypnotherapy Register . This is a professional body which serves to protect the public and promote good practice. Rapport with the therapist is also vital and a reputable practice should offer a free consultation to help you make that decision before committing. If you think you are ready to make some permanent lifestyle changes then you can find more information at http://www.thetherapylounge.com/hypnotherapy/weight-loss. Essentially whether it works or not all depends on you, it doesn’t make you lose weight, you do. If you believe you can change, you can. The right therapist can simply help you achieve your goals more quickly and easily.
What do you think about hypnotherapy? Have you ever tried it, and if so what were the results?
*guest post from The Therapy Lounge